Apr 272014
 

thumbnail.aspxWe regularly say: “We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

In our primitiveness, we do not doubt your coming, soon, powerfully, decisively.

In our settledness, your coming is not too urgent or real, because we are venously entitled, privileged, protected, gated.

In our rationality, the “until” of your coming makes little sense to us, so we mumble and hope no one notices.

 

In these last days, In these latter days, In these final days, In these very late days, We draw closer to your promised “until.”

We draw closer in fear, in hope, in gladness, in dread.

So we do proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes,

until he comes in peace against all our violence;

until he comes in generosity midst all our parsimony;

until he comes in food midst all our hunger;

until he comes in community midst all our alienation.

We are your faithful hopers,

distracted by despair, but hoping,

distracted by affluence, but hoping,

distracted by sophistication, but hoping.

Come soon, come Lord Jesus, come soon while we face afresh your death, until you come soon and again …again and soon.

Amen.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 169). Kindle Edition.

  26 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord is coming

  2. He who testifies these things says, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
    Revelation 22:20

  3. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget none of His benefits. His mercies are new every day…. “When darkness hides His lovely face, I’ll rest in His unchanging grace”.
    Have a blessed week, dear ones.

  4. On Christ the solid rock I stand
    All other ground is sinking sand

    Leaning on the everlasting arms
    Trusting- resting- waiting upon The Lord
    Looking to Him the author and finisher of our faith
    Blessed be the name of The Lord

    My strength – redeemer- savior – lord
    And yet he calls me friend
    Hallelujah
    What a savior!!!!

  5. I would appreciate any prayers for my sister, Amy. She was admitted to a hospital yesterday for colitis. They are trying to diagnose the exact cause including possibly Crohn’s disease.

  6. Praying, Derek…

  7. I spent about the last 14 hours reading about 5K plus pages of reports. I truly was moved by what those hit by the tornadoes over the last few days. I do not think we have reached the level of technical prowess to actually intervene in said weather phenomena. I actually was praying that God would grant me or whoever the ability to develop an ability to better predict these events on a micro level to give better warning times on a local level. I am personally leaning to a Satellite / ground doppler radar net in the high volume areas along with a more intense data mining response to develop better models to achieve more accurate prediction in conjunction with better construction / architectural developments.

    Am I wrong in this, I mean God gave us a brain and we agree praying the tornado away basically does not work. It really never has. I mean no offense I really dont but this stuff guts me, if I had the power to stop such events I would, hands down and I could care less what sins those in the path had committed. I would not allow them to be hurt. I am not God, I lack His eternal perspective, But I dont get it. I know I have begged God on many occasions as people suffered. We all have. I come up with this God grants us insight in a local focus but hides the overall because if we saw it we would melt. I agree with that, so within the framework we have, is it wrong to pray for better ways to warn people concerning such weather events. I think it is not wrong. There is no good news in events, people just get killed in the path of such weather events. There is no wrath here, it is just what happens in a fallen world, I can live and even die with that. If someone can help me I would appreciate it.

  8. Derek I hope your sister gets better, I dont have much but if she needs some spending money I can come up with about 100 bucks. Of course I will pray but sometimes people need money, please dont take any offense but if she needs some help please act. I hope she is healed right here and now. Basically Derek I just want to help. Dont be afraid to ask.

  9. Derek
    Praying even now for your sister

  10. brian~

    Why do you doubt so? Yes, God gave us a brain to use for the good of ourselves and towards others to His glory …
    to maintain good works, meet urgent needs, these things are good and profitable to men… ( Titus 3:8/14)

    We are to have a fervent love one for another
    And minister to one another according to the gifts God has given us… ( 1 Peter 4:8/10)

    And as we have opportunity; to do good to all~
    Especially to those who are of the household of faith
    (Gal 6:10)
    For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them… ( Ephesians 2:10)

    Sounds like, from what you describe you wish to do;
    You desire to do a good work..
    May God give you increase and richly bless you as you ponder ways to do good works and be a blessing to others

  11. As a general prayer, pray for people in the South in the paths of these tornadoes. One just hit Tupelo, MS and there is another near Starkville, MS right now. One passed north of my parent’s house yesterday. The good thing is that it was in pastures and farmlands.

    Thanks, brian, but prayer would be best.
    Luckily she has insurance.
    Also, her blood pressure is all over the place right now also.

  12. praying with you Derek

  13. Derek, still praying with you for your sister Amy

  14. Michael, still praying with you for employment -permanent and gainful .

  15. ***I would appreciate any prayers for my sister, Amy. She was admitted to a hospital yesterday for colitis. They are trying to diagnose the exact cause including possibly Crohn’s disease.***

    Derek, my husband has ulcerative colitis. It was really bad for a while and he dropped down to a scary weight. He has had great success managing it with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and is able to function normally without medication–it supposed works for Crohn’s also. At any rate, I wish her luck and hope she’s able to get her symptoms under control quickly. I’ve seen how bad those issues can be. 🙁

  16. Thanks all for praying for my sister.
    She is still in the hospital being tested.
    J2, I feel it is all going to come down to a diet for her probably.
    Hopefully no meds, but she did mention some possibly.

  17. Father God, do You hear? Can You hear the cries of Your children. We are broken and suffering. God, we are so lost without You, without Your Spirit to guide us.You are so holy and we so foul, yet You love us still enough to send Your only Son to atone for our sins. To turn our filthy rags into pure white garments. We don’t understand, we don’t comprehend, we don’t appreciate, all that You and Jesus have and are doing, yet You do it.

    Bring healing to those who are ill, Amy, Cap. Kevin , Michael, Sarah, and others who have need.

    bring employment to Michael and others who have need.

    we have no right to ask, but You said come boldly before You, before Your throne. i do come boldly and expectantly to You that You will answer my prayer on behalf of my brothers and sisters….remember Your mercy Father, remember…..

  18. Father comfort Ebrother as he is feeling down about the birds…it may seem trite to some but I still ask for his comfort.

  19. A pastor friend of mine has an 18 mo old grand daughter who was killed earlier this afternoon from injuries sustained from a dresser and tv falling on her. Please pray for comfort.

  20. praying for the family now Scott….

  21. It’s been a tough day. One of the fires in SoCal was about 5 miles from my house. We are safe for now, but stressful none the less.

    If I’m honest with myself, what bothers me most, those from my former church, who were as “close” as brothers and sister, didn’t reach out at all to see how I was fairing. Sigh.

  22. jlo…praying for you tonight. That is tough…the fires are one thing, but the other feeling of loss is deeper. Praying for your safety, and for all impacted. Praying for your heart as well tonight.

    I apologize I have not updated the prayer list…have been dealing with some health issues on this end. Will update in the morning. Praying for all tonight…

  23. Scott…I cannot even fathom that pain. Praying for their family. Lord, have mercy tonight in that quiet house. Be near, in the silence, be near in the grief. Be the Comfort that we cannot even comprehend…be the One who can mourn with them. Lord…be gentle with them in their grief. Have mercy.

  24. Derek…praying for Amy as well.

    Alright…off for the night, and will update the list in the morning 😉

  25. Praying for these requests. Tears and sighs. Oh loving Father, hear our cries.

  26. Prayer Requests: April 29-May4

    Derek His Sister Amy has been dealing with Colitis and it looks like it is Crohn’s disease. Pray for her healing, for her doctor’s wisdom.

    Scott Pastor friend’s 18 month old Granddaughter was killed when a dresser and television fell on her. Pray for this family.

    Jlo Dealing with the forest fires being fairly close, and also the loss of relationships from their former church….just the fact that no one from the former church has called to check on her. Pray for her safety and also the loneliness of that loss of relationship.

    Neo Facing surgery and insurance issues. Pray for swift resolution, successful surgery and rapid recovery.

    NonnieContinue to pray for her Grandson Bennet’s recovery from his surgery!

    Paigemom’s Daughter and Son-in-law Eric and Sarah S. “My son in law has been out of work for months. He is a sweet, faith filled, hard worker with many skills and education. He is also struggling with depression and severe self doubt. My daughter works part time. Both are ‘hanging in there’ by faith, but both are weary and wonder if they have been ‘cut off’ from God’s care. Eric and Sarah S.”

    Derek Car trouble! Pray for a solution to his wife’s car issues, with the least amount of expense.

    Gary He has been let go from one of his jobs, which provided the most finances, and has also found out he has to move. Please pray for a solid job opportunity and something to come quickly for housing. Also, just for some encouragement during this frustrating time.

    Scott Praise for all that God has done and prayer during this time of transition.

    Erunner’s Cousin John Continue praying for his salvation, and for him to accept E’s ideas and ways of practical help for his needs.

    Erunner’s Mom She is beginning to show more signs of her dementia. Continue to pray for Erunner and his family as they deal with her progression in this (her mother and aunt both died in advanced stages of dementia). Pray for wisdom and grace and mercy, and pray for his mother as she is at this terribly difficult stage of knowing that she is slipping into this loss of her mental abilities.

    Erunner’s Wife Belinda She is having elbow replacement surgery, most likely in May.

    Michael Needs a job and income. Now.

    J2thePerson In the process of filing their disability application online and hoping to have it expedited…if it is not, there is a 5-6 month wait. They have a great case worker, so praying she is able to help them and have this done quickly.

    Chile Continue praying for their family member who was given just two years to live.

    Ryan Prayers for him as he is dealing with loneliness and a desire for true friendship.

    Derek Be praying for his friend Dennis who served two tours with Derek and is possibly PTSD, continued prayers for mercy for this man.

    London Continue praying for her eyes.

    Sarah’s Nephew-in-Law Blake Serving 9 months in Afghanistan. Pray for safety.

    Pastor Saeed FREEDOM

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