Posted by: The Quiet Christian | November 15, 2017

I’ll Pray For You

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My mother says this to me often. She and I are not of the same religion. Still I am grateful when I think of my name on their altar, where she and her group of friends, some who don’t even know me, bow their heads and plead for my cause.

My friend’s daughter, a Wiccan, says she hopes the Gods smile down on me and that she will send me good energy. I have only one God but I know He loves her enough to hear her plea for energy in my behalf.

My Catholic friend says she will light a candle for me. My son-in-law says, “Insha’Allah, If God wills it,” and then gets on his knees for me at his mosque. My Pentecostal friend says she will pray over me. My aunt says she will ask the elders of her church to lay their hands on me. I am touched by their concern despite the fact that I don’t practice my faith in the same way. My neighbor, who is agnostic simply says, “I’ll be thinking of you.” I’ll take that too.

Whether these people believe in the same God I do, or not, is beside the point. My God believes in them. It doesn’t matter if He is exactly who they think He is because the God I love cares for the compassionate requests of all of His children. And when they raise their voices to Him, in whatever religious place, ceremony, ritual or language they use, I know that His translation skills are universal. His is the ear of a patient father, who feels the worth of our reaching and hears the language of our hearts.

All prayer, all concentrated love and concern for others, counts in heaven.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/rom.8.26.esv


More from the Bible about Praying for Each Other

“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/1ti.2.8.esv

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/mat.18.19.esv

“Therefore…pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/jas.5.16.esv

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Posted by: The Quiet Christian | November 8, 2017

Fall Back

psalm 107Time changes are funny things. You know they’re coming, you don’t believe it will make any difference at all, and then suddenly you realize how exhausted you are; a lot like trials in general.

I whisper to myself, “I should write this down.” How many times have I said that this year? How many times have I forgotten or gotten side-tracked? Does that make me a bad person or just really forgetful?

“Write this down,” He speaks to me again. God and I have become quiet friends over this past year. I’m learning things I thought I already knew. I thought I believed in Him but I only had faith. I’ve found this is not the same thing. (I should write that down.) I thought He expected so much from me but realized that I am the expectant one. (I should’ve written that down too.) I thought I knew His heart; I had no idea why. (I didn’t record that somewhere?) He does answers prayers. He will protect me. I am heard. (Where are my notes?)

I didn’t spring forward, I fell back. Lucky me, He loves me anyway. He didn’t expect me to do a thing. I’m tired, but I’ve learned so much.

Posted by: The Quiet Christian | August 20, 2016

Do Not Dread – Laugh

good luck“Call us if you need us then,” we texted.  Another heartbreaking end to an adoption situation gone awry.

For the life of me I can’t understand the type of thinking that goes into planning out a scam.  And it was a scam, plain and simple.  There was no crying mother, holding her child, unable to give that child to another couple to raise.  I can understand that.  This was a woman who falsely filled out paperwork and was surprised to find out that we wouldn’t give her funding or match her to a family until we met her face to face; even though we had to fly to Texas from Georgia to do it.  This was someone who was trying to extract money and break the hearts of a trusting couple that will not have the ability of bringing life into this world on their own.  Not only do I not understand it but the Christian in me is tested.

In a world where things go wrong because of people knowingly making poor choices it is difficult for me, at times (okay most times) to love my neighbor and pray for those who persecute me.  I try to remember, in  I Peter 3:14 it says, “Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed,” but  I do dread these encounters. I don’t comprehend the manipulation and malice it takes to put a plan like that into action.

So last night I laughed.  My mother used to say, “You have to laugh.  Or else you’ll cry.”  I laughed with a group of friends at a comedy show put on by a local church and I haven’t felt that type of release in a long time.  Ninety percent of comedy is about normal life and that is pretty funny sometimes. Of course it’s always funnier later, but it can be funny.

There is, “a time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.”  I am praying for your laughter today.  We both need it.

 

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