A few nights ago I was in the home of a new family at CrossPointe. The husband has just been deployed to Iraq for six months. He, his wife and teenage son recently got saved. I found out while I was at their house that night that Avery had just gotten saved and wants to be baptized just like his Mom and Dad. I was talking with their teenage son Tyler, when Avery asked if it was time to eat jelly beans and pray for dad. They explained that each family member has a jar with 180 (6 months) jelly beans in it. Every night they eat one jelly bean and each say a prayer for Brian while he serves in Iraq. That night they invited me to eat a jelly bean (blue I think) and say a prayer too. I was honored to be included in such a great tradition they’ve started. Most of all I was excited to see these new believers praying as a family.
Just a moment this week I thought would touch your heart. So the next time you eat a jelly bean would you pray for Brian Zimmerman in Iraq? I know every time I see jelly beans now, I can’t help but think about Brian and his safe return.