I’ve been praying for healing a long time–for all of us. For friends, colleagues, families, those who struggle and those who suffer. It’s a long list–as long as the entire population of the earth. We’re hard on each other, and on ourselves. But there is a road to healing that bypasses our human baggage: our memories, our wounds, and the spirit of offense we cling to throughout our lives. But that journey requires our willingness to lay down our own understandings, and live in God’s presence–continuously.
Category Archives: Intercession
Lord, You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” You sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered. (Psalm 90:3,5-6)
Today is Ash Wednesday, and the first day of Lent–40 days of fasting and abstinence. It’s also a day in the Christian liturgy marked by the distribution of ashes, with the sobering admonition to ‘remember man that you are dust, and to dust you will return.’
Yet still, the future belongs to those who pray. Prayer is the bridge between what should be and what will be. The diligent prayer of a righteous people will ultimately determine the destiny of our children. Therefore, it is our responsibility to leave to those-yet-to-be-born a world in revival as their inheritance. Hanging in the balance of eternity is the ultimate climax of our Creator – the kingdoms of this world becoming the Kingdom of our God. (Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church)
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)
May 2011 be a year of healing, restoration, and reconciliation among families, friends, colleagues, neighborhoods, and nations! May we all know fuller lives, deeper loves, less stressful times, financial relief, and abundant blessings from our loving God! AMEN!
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:76,79)
May we all become fully aware of His Presence in our lives, and may that awareness unleash His healing, restoring, and reconciling Power over our lives, families, and World!
Sometimes there are patterns to the way we interact with life. I’m not sure how much is our genetic predisposition, the families and cultures we’re born into, or our own happenstance. But for me, as long as I can remember, the pattern has been ‘traumatic’! Or at least it feels like that from my vantage point.
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. (Romans 12:12)trauma and rehab
Since my year of trauma, surgery, and rehab, I’ve had long bouts of discouragement and just plain sadness. I haven’t talked about it much–there’s nothing that clears out a room like a woe-is-me tale. Hearing them makes folks uncomfortable and sad too. But in the interests of helping friends who are going through their own dark times, I thought it was time that I shared some coping strategies that work for me–when I use them.