There are many people going through different difficulties at this time. Some are known to me, others are known to you, and still others inhabit different parts of this planet.
When we are in the throes of some crisis or other it is so nice to hear someone say the words that will bring us some comfort and peace.
I pray that those of you who need to hear those words will hear a friend or loved one or even that still, small voice say, “I’ve got this.”
Although we may be feeling unwell, grieving a loved one, facing another challenge, we are not alone in our distress even if it feels that way at times. Just knowing that there is a green pasture beside still waters and Someone to turn to for comfort and guidance should be blessing enough. Happy Sunday
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
She’s just been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Please pray for peace and comfort.
She’s four months old and been stabbed by her mother. Please pray for healing.
He’s losing his wife to dementia. Please pray for strength and courage.
They lost their son to a senseless act of violence. Please pray for forgiveness and mercy.
He is in a powerful position and abusing his power. Please pray for wisdom and humility.
They believe that only their lives matter. Please pray for open hearts and minds.
They blatantly steal another’s property. Please pray for an effective conscience.
They text and drive. Please pray for acknowledgement of stupidity.
They drink and drive. Please pray for realization of danger.
For those experiencing estrangement…please pray for reconciliation.
Wherever you are, whatever the need, please pray for the best outcome.
Many years ago I had a very vivid dream. I was on the lookout deck of the Toronto Dominion Tower which at that time was the highest building in Toronto. It was at a very trying time in my life and in my dream I was walking alone around the observation deck feeling lost and afraid. Presently, a faceless male figure came alongside me and held my right hand. At his touch, my body tingled from head to toe and I felt it was Jesus by my side.
I awoke, still tingling, feeling less distressed and somewhat comforted. That dream with its surge of feeling has always stayed with me.
Recently I read in Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”
It brought back that dream one hundredfold.
Please forgive me if I have blogged something like this in the past but it just boggles my mind when and how God speaks. Happy Sunday.
May your Sunday be blessed with green pastures, still waters, and the peace your soul requires. Happy Sunday.
It is a sad time for many people who have lost loved ones very recently. No one can know the depths of another’s grief; no one can feel another’s aching feeling of loss; no one can bear another’s pain.
Life and death are caught up in each other’s shadow, in that death is a part of life and life is a continuation of death. Christmas is a very difficult time of year to have to face this reality. But then, is there ever a good time? I think not. Loss is loss whenever it occurs.
It has saddened my own heart to hear of the recent passing of two lovely ladies; one I have known for over sixty years, and the other I met just a few years ago. Both were, and are near and dear to their families and close friends. Both have left a gaping hole in the hearts of many.
Ecclesiastes says it best in chapter three, verse (1) There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: (2) a time to be born and a time to die, (4) a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,. (NIV)
Laughing and dancing will not be on the agenda of some of us this holiday season, but we will honor the lives of these two ladies and be sure to include them in the memories of Christmases past.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4.