Monthly Archives: April 2011

What next?

I’m here, God. Go ahead: give me all You’ve got.

Because right now I seem to be getting the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel.

You took our friend. You took him after You gave us the hope that we might have been lucky in catching his illness quickly. You took him after You gave him, all of his brilliance and all of his love to us. You took him after You gave him the wisdom and insight of a person 3 times his age. You took him after so quickly before we even knew what might be coming.

And You took him on a day that we have reserved for celebrating Your Son’s return to us.

You have saddened us all, rendered us speechless. The only words to describe how we are feeling is this: We haven’t felt this torn, broken and bruised since you took away Brad Carter. That is the only way we can express how we feel.

So, please. Tell us what is next. Because right now I can’t see anything past the next minute or two. All I see is a blurry landscape.

Say A Little Prayer For You

prayer

–noun
1. a devout petition to god or an object of worship.
2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
4. a formula or sequence of words used in or appointed for praying: the Lord’s Prayer.
5. prayers, a religious observance, either public or private,consisting wholly or mainly of prayer.
6. that which is prayed for.

Last Sunday began Holy Week, the events leading up to the crucifixion, burial and rising of Christ. Each church and each person remembers this time with different traditions. One of the traditions my church holds is a prayer vigil on Good Friday. Since 7:00 AM this morning one or two persons has been praying in half-hour shifts and the vigil ends at 7:00 PM tonight. Prayers can be personal, for others or a meditation, and often there is material for the people praying to look at if they need some prayer ideas.

I will be praying from 5:30 until 6:00 this evening. And I would like to pray on YOUR behalf. Do you need prayer? Perhaps it’s a family member who needs prayer, or a coworker and their family. Maybe it’s a neighbor. Whatever the prayer request, I’d like to offer my services as a pray-er for you. Prayer requests don’t have to be “big.” Whatever weighs heavy on you is worthy of lifting up in prayer that you may feel relief. Sometimes it’s so hard for us to pray for ourselves. Sometimes just thinking about what we want to pray for brings us to tears. Sometimes we just can’t seem to form the right words. And sometimes it helps to know that someone else is praying for and with you.

So let me help.

Leave a comment on this post (you can do so anonymously if you choose) and I’ll be sure to pray on your behalf. Even if you’re not religious or you have different beliefs than I, prayer doesn’t hurt. It can only help.

 

I’ll be praying for you.

 

Feel free to share this post with anyone you wish. I will pray for anyone that requests it, whether I know them or not.

Birthday Girl – April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to my “baby” girl! I am constantly amazed at the size of your heart and the amount of love you give to everyone you meet. You might be outgrowing your shoes faster than I can blink, but you’ll always be my baby.

*Mwah!*

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