A Church with a Heart for our Community

May 19th Friday

Greetings to you in the name of Heaven’s Champion, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Savior! I trust all is well with you this day that the Lord has made for us…may you have reason to rejoice and be glad in it. 

I am trying to get back to writing and using the “blog” and it is a re-learning experience. As some of you know our web-designer and support person has entered a forced retirement due to serous health concerns…he made me look good! So, please be patient as I learn how to update and edit our web page.

I have been challenged over the past few weeks and God directed me to a daily prayer that has given me encouragement and he even directed me to a rather interesting book by an author who is totally new to me. The book: Praying Like Monks Living Like Fools explores the wonder and mystery of prayer. The author Tyler Staton has presented material and ideas that have been unique and evocative. Anyway I thought that I wanted to share a paragraph from my daily prayer and then share a statement from the book.

So, here is the paragraph from the prayer: I rebuke the enemy and the distractions that he is placing in my path. I pray for strength against laziness or complacency. I come against the lies that enslave me, telling me I am not good enough, I don’t have what it takes, or that I will never get to where I want to go. I stand firmly on the truth and promise that You are with me and will never leave me. I surrender all my heart’s desires and ask You to lead every moment of every day. Thank You, Jesus, for Your everlasting love, and the many treasures You have stored up for me. “For God is working in you (me), giving you (me) the desire and the power to do what please him.” Philippians 2:13   In Your Name, I pray, Amen.

Now from the book comes a statement at the end of a rather personal story of a young woman’s journey with prayer(s) that God did not answer. “In that grief counselor’s office that day, I made my decision. I chose trust. Not a trust that God willed Helen’s cancer or death, but a trust that God is good, that God is present in our suffering and that God will make all things new.”…I can trust the God who refuses to offer platitudes from a safe distance, the God who descends into the mess with me…”I choose trust.”

I am looking forward to using the blog more in the days ahead…have a blessed day – you are being prayed for!