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This particular poem/Christmas carol by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867 is very appropriate today, in light of the events in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday…
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.
Another day, another night. Time to catch some zzzz’s. Life is always pretty interesting to me, but the last two months, and more specifically, the last two weeks…have been very challenging.
Though I was tempted at times to give in to worry…The Lord wouldn’t let me. He reminded me that He created everything out of nothing, so He certainly can take care of me and my family! The way He chooses to take care of us may not look like I think it should look, but He definitely is taking care of us!
In fact, as I stepped back and observed the “big picture” with new eyes, I could see that He was drawing my family closer than we’ve ever been before. I also was able to see my son with new eyes, and I can’t explain how much pride I have in his newly evidenced maturity!
And once again I am reminded why The Lord wants the sacrifice of praise when we’re in tough times… He knows that when we do that, we foil the plans of the devil! Face it…he wants to destroy those who aren’t born again simply because he hates God so much that he wants to keep as many of His beloved humans from following Him! And, since he can’t destroy those of us who belong to Him through our born-again nature, then the enemy wants to make us ineffective Christians.
So when you are in tough times, friends…Praise The Lord! Sing praises to Him! Thank Him for allowing the tough times so that you can grow closer to Him, and so that The Lord will have a more effective army on this earth! And so you can destroy the enemy of God, and make his efforts powerless against you and yours!
This meme has been going around FB for the last couple of days, and it has helped me get the right perspective on the hard things that have happened since Tuesday night. I am reminded that God created everything from nothing. If He can do that, He certainly can heal the child He gave me to love.
Seven to ten years ago I decided that I needed to start living and acting like I really believe that God IS Who God says He Is, and that He can do what He says He can do. My walk changed forever.Today, I want to give Satan no power over me. I Praise God for what He allows in our lives because He is in control, and it is ALLL to HIS GLORY! We must deny Satan any victory, no matter how small!God is ALWAYS with us, beside us, and for born-again Christians, inside us. The purpose of His angels is to minister to us! We need to see through born-again eyes into the Spiritual realm, God’s Kingdom, and thank God for every breath He chooses to lend us.
I finished Revelations a week ago. Since then I’ve been “reading” Ecclesiastes and The Song of Solomon.
First of all, I started at Ecclesiastes because I thought I’d go back through the Prophets, but decided to start w/Ecclesiastes, and move forward from there. I was surprised to find that this is the first time I didn’t get depressed by going through Ecclesiastics. It’s always been depressing to me because everything is “vanity.” No matter what we do, it’s “vanity.” And yet, in other parts of the Bible, I am promised that all Christians have Hope, through, and because of, Jesus. So, maybe someday I’ll actually understand Ecclesiastes. Jesus will explain it to me, somehow.
And now, The Song of Solomon. I am reminded that I’ve never thought of God the same way I’ve ever thought about any man with whom I thought I was falling in love. This includes my husband, of course. When I would think about these people, I would devote most of my thinking every day to memorizing how they looked, their eyes, their hair, the way they carried themselves, projecting their character into the probable future, etc. I would read and re-read their notes, cards and letters. I would gain more insight into their core being by analyzing every move, every comment, written and verbalized.
I have Never thought of God that way. It seemed too carnal. And yet, now I realize, it’s not carnal when it is pure love for God. No, it is PERFECT LOVE. Nothing else matches it. Nothing else matters. And I have His Love Letter to me (and you), His Bride. I need to concentrate on His Word and His Creation, and all the creatures He has brought into being, because THESE are the things that reveal His nature and His Great Love for me (and all of us as His Bride)!
Holy, Holy Father…. as the deer panteth for the water, so my soul shall pant after Thee….
This passage practically jumped off the page at me this morning. During the highly-charged political times we have right now, it doesn’t hurt to re-read this.
“20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
Jesus Pronounces Woes
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
Love Your Enemies
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunict either.30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Every year on 9/11 I remember…
- all the lives that were taken in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, PA,
- the horror of seeing the first tower burning, then watching the second plane hit the second tower,
- the incredible horror of watching those towers crumble, the debris clouds unfurl and blanket the earth for block upon block,
- the people running for their lives, trying to outrun the debris, but succumbing…
- the gaping, burning section of the pentagon…
- the smoke tower rising above the hole in Shanksville.
- that for at least two years after that, 9/11 was still raw on my mind and in my heart every day,
- that one day I realized that I hadn’t thought once about 9/11, until that moment of recognition,
- that the pain still returns.
- for what those poor people went through,
- especially for their families
- for the ones who survived death, but were injured and incapacitated, mentally, spiritually, and physically,
- and for their families.
I am grateful to those men and women who answered the call to arms against our enemies. I grieve for all of those who have given so much of their lives, their bodies, their families….to answer the horrific and unjust actions of heartless human beings against other bearers of God’s Image in the Family of Man.
And I bend my knees to The God of All Things Created…and cry, “Holy Father, God Almighty! I don’t understand why things like this have to happen–but I acknowledge that You were there in the middle of them because You are always with us. You, Lord God, gathered Your children into Your bosom that day, as you do every day. You, Lord God, heal the broken hearts of their loved ones, and the rest of us. You, Lord God, take on our yoke…and You, Lord God, make our burdens so much lighter.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come soon!