Prayer & Praise

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  1. Em says:

    “That by the time the sun sets,
    we will have rent the curtain of our lives,
    and let you into the center of it all,
    there to abide in holy forgiveness.”
    Lord, this morning i know that You all already in the center of my life waiting with holy forgiveness – the curtain i’ve closed is to keep me from looking in – You are there waiting for me to face the mess with You – waiting to turn this child’s self centered, self justifying confused core into a joyful, God-centered vessel to carry Your grace and mercy and Truth – keep me from running to hide behind a wall of doctrines and platitudes

    i apologize for extrapolating, but it is what Brueggemann seems to have opened my heart to see this a.m.

  2. Em says:

    maybe “all” was a Trinitarian modifier slip
    i meant to say “are” – to say that God is already there when i get the courage to expose who i really am to myself …
    is He always there waiting in the core of the Redeemed soul or does He simply go ahead of us when we’re ready to face who we are? that i don’t know 🙂

    “And we yearn to be known – fully, without reserve by you;
    So we ask on this day,
    courage to match your love,
    honesty to match your generosity,
    self-awareness to speak into our awareness of us.” yes, Lord, give us courage to trust You

    praying

  3. Sarah says:

    amen….and agreeing with Em’s thoughts as well.

    I have to admit that today I have felt completely out of sorts. There have been many things on our plate, and on the plates of friends, and mixed in with the general atmosphere…well. Ugh.

    Brueggemann always brings me up…he always lifts my head to pray with more confidence and with more hope…and to look up and not be discouraged.

    Praying today for grace for each in their situation. For grace in the physical needs and for grace in the mental and emotional needs. Praying for mercy as we enter the weeks before the election…that God would move in surprising ways and that whomever is elected, we would rest firmly in the grasp of the Sovereign God…and we would bake cookies for our neighbors and watch for the people around us who are dangerously close to slipping into depression or fear or being overwhelmed…that we could grasp them firmly and hold on that they would not slip.

    Praying that God would work in our hearts to love without fear and without cynicism. To walk this earth without being overwhelmed.

    Last night I backed into the woman behind me at the drive-thru because I was irritated the woman in front of me was taking FOREVER. I did not see the woman behind me.

    She had never been in an accident and was shaken up. No one was hurt…we bumped bumpers and had a few scratches and dents, but no one was hurt. By the end of the 20 minutes the police were laughing, I was telling the woman I would pray for her evening, her husband who came to see if she was okay was embracing me and peeking at the kids in my car. I took full blame as it was obviously my fault, and I had the chance to show the kids that when you screw up you can still act with integrity. The insurance man today was prompt and has already talked to the woman and started the process of taking care of her car.

    In the grand scheme it is not a big deal. I haven’t “bumped cars” in 10 years, and that one wasn’t my fault…before that it had been another 24 years. I hate making stupid mistakes…but God used it as a moment to encounter another individual and speak peace to them and they responded by extending mercy to me and being kind.

    I pray that the rest of the encounters I have this week will go as well….and praying for each of us in all our bumping into others that we can have moments of true encounter and of extending grace and mercy.

  4. Em says:

    Sarah, your account makes me smile as i have a dent in my rear that was caused by a young man in a pickup truck – he looked like he didn’t need the grief, so i told him to forget it, his big old dually diesel wasn’t damaged at all … but i’m going around with this dent and my pride is taking a hit cuz i know that anyone behind me is thinking watch out for that old lady, she obviously backs into things (my deductible is too high for my insurance to cover it and i’m not about to pay out of pocket) 🙂 praying with your prayer for mercies

  5. jlo says:

    thank you Sarah. read on the other thread you are having a rough day, praying for a calm evening.

  6. Michael says:

    Really need prayers for Trey and the whole family.

  7. BrianD says:

    Michael, you, Trey and the family definitely are in this community’s thoughts and prayers…

  8. Xenia says:

    Lord, have mercy on Trey and his family.

  9. mk says:

    Michael–praying now.

  10. Sarah says:

    Praying here as well, Michael.

  11. https://www.facebook.com/MissingJessicaRidgeway?ref=stream

    Please pray for Jessica and her family. A miracle would be awesome. She has been missing since Friday morning.

  12. jlo says:

    Praying for Trey and family

  13. Em says:

    going down this list and praying with – God’s mercies indeed, oh Lord, You know

  14. n o m a n s says:

    Yes. Praying now.

  15. Michael says:

    Thank you..may He hear and act on behalf of all of us.

  16. Michael says:

    Very long night last night.
    This morning, I have to come to grips with the fact that we are losing my son to his Aspergers and we may no longer be able to keep him at home.
    He has been my earthly joy…I cannot express in words my love for this child.
    I’m losing him.
    Abraham was a hell of lot better man than me…

  17. Papias says:

    Michael,
    Praying for you and Trey.

    Let me know if I can help, as I’ve mentioned before, my nephew in CA has Aspergers.

  18. sarahkwolfe says:

    Michael, have been praying all day for you all…

  19. jlo says:

    me too

  20. mk says:

    Joining in prayer tonight.

  21. Michael says:

    Thank you and God bless you all…we’ve seen some progress and peace.
    I’m more thankful than I can say for your prayers.

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