May 182013
 

thumbnail.aspxYours—we gladly attest—is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory.

Yours—we gladly assert—are the heavens and the earth.

It is you who made all that is,
sun, moon, stars,
rivers, forests, fish—
and us.
We say, “in your image.”

 

Yours the kingdom and the power and the glory—and then us.

You do not will us to be powerless either,
so you endow us with power to work
to rule
to govern.

We reflect you in our working
in our ruling
in our governing.

Ours is the chance for justice and/or injustice
for mercy and/or rigor
for peace and/or war.

We grow accustomed to our power,
sometimes absolutizing,
and then are interrupted by the
doxology on which we have bet everything:

Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. And we are glad.

Walter Brueggemann

  39 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. Don’t usually ask for personal prayer here, but tomorrow (Sunday) is looking like a minimum of a 13-hour day, straight through starting at 4:00am. So anyone who passes by the thread and offers up a little strength and energy on my behalf…much appreciated.

  2. Steve,
    You got it.

  3. I can relate sounds. Sounds like my whole week. Praying.

  4. Bless you brothers. Thanks, Derek. I recognize a 13-hour week is the norm for so many these days, trying to make ends meet – so I sure can’t complain. At least mine will be spent doing what I love. But we can get tired even doing what we love! 🙂

  5. I am hoping that this will be the last week of working that long. Realized this year that working such long hours detracts from relationships and hoping that moving back home and simplifying life will give me more time with family and friends.
    But unfortunately, the work ethic I was brought up with tends to make me work harder than many people I work with. I think I need to find some way to become my own boss, because organizations really take advantage of people like me. Trust me, I wouldn’t be that hard on myself. 😉

  6. Praying for these requests. God bless and strengthen Steve and Derek who are working long, hard hours, serving their family and others.

  7. praying

  8. Praying for the requests above, though many would probably assert that God won’t hear the prayers, I’ll pray anyway 🙂

    I don’t know that I’ll attend institutional church again or give any money to a “ministry” ever again, though I will help folks through food banks and directly etc as I “feel” it.

    I give up on trying to make doctrine and theology and the bible as “god” and I hope I can resist the temptation to debate issues and poke holes in particular positions that claim they have an issue figured out and locked up (they don’t).

    At the end of the day, IMO, it really is a child-like faith and it really is “feeling” and something innate and spiritual. When it is, for me, I see the “fruit”…when it isn’t, when it is Fundamentalism and doctrine and theology…I see rage and I want justice and equal scales and judgment and want to point out all the wrong and hypocrisy and duplicity and problems in the particular argument etc. It doesn’t match up with the “love” and mercy and kindness and goodness Jesus etc.

    I’m guessing that having to become a fool to be wise may be one of the truer statements in the bible, along with the statement from God incarnate Jesus Christ that the greatest…the GREATEST command that sums it all up is Love. Sometimes that love isn’t returned, sometimes it isn’t fair, sometimes love betrays, sometimes the church and the System doesn’t care. My love isn’t fair or consistent either and I’ve betrayed the love of others as well. I’m sure I’ve well-earned my pass to eternity in Hell (though I hope Hell isn’t real for the sake of so many).

    The hope I have is that Jesus Christ is really the Redeemer and Savior and that He really is the forgiving, loving, patient, kind, good Master and Husband and the when Jesus said, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do” and “it is finished” is the Truth. It is God incarnate saying it, I hope it’s so.

    That’s both my prayer and my praise. Hope the PhxP community (and it’s host and friend) have a wonderful Sunday, wherever and in whatever flavor you worship. Thanks to the community for sticking with me and allowing me to vent.

  9. Steve,

    May you be spared those who would doubt your intentions and look for the hidden side of you as if there were one!

    I know of those types personally they suck!

    I am sure you know what I mean…

    From southern CA Disneyland

  10. Believe,

    Grace is wonderful!

    And you have shown grace by putting up with those of us who think we know everything. I have compartmentalized you in my thoughts in an honored position with doubting Thomas. And we all know how that turns out…

    Your honesty is rare and sincere from my perspective angle point.

    Love you dude!

  11. Derek,

    If it were easy to be your own boss everyone would be doing it. But since you are such a hard worker with a great work ethic you are a likely candidate for Bosshood!

    And you already know about how the chain of command works. Delegating authority down to the lowest man possible and all of that military type stuff.

    Your skill set is intact and existent, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to examine them and reevaluate where you can fit into the scheme of things.

    My daughter in law pushed hard to start her own business quite a few times and each time the doors were shut. But she was persistent and my son was supportive of her efforts and one day she hit on her position in the scheme of things. Now she is earning daily more then any of us grand parents or even our own parents have ever earned.

    As an old black preacher I heard once said, “Ya gots to have the want to.”

    May you receive an angel from God that will facilitate and organize the doors to open for you to bring you to your goal of Bosshood. May you come out from under the heavy hand of others and survive beyond your wildest dreams. There was this guy in King Davids realm that was the son to Jonathan and grandson of Saul. Mephibosheth was given much that he did not expect to get from King David.

    “I will surely show thee kindness, for Jonathan, thy father’s sake” (2 Sam. 9:7)

    “Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake; and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually” (2 Sam. 9:7).

    Ah! this is like God, no conditions, no bargaining. It is not, If you will do this, or if you will not do that.

    May God show you His grace as a son, His son. May you prosper as you look to Christ and step out in faith to achieve your goals. May you know what Mephibosheth felt like when the hand of God blessed him beyond what he could achieve on his own…

    Lifting you up and desiring the finest for you my brother in Christ!

    Dave

  12. Thanks for the prayers last week for my work load and the stress. I survived somehow. I had 50.5 hours of work last week, which does not sound like much comparatively, but every hour was a flat out war, flat out hard fought hours that sapped my will to go on a few times.

    For Derek and Steve, my numero uno lesson in life is that if job or ministry detracts in any way from the first ministry of family, walk away. There is no glory in job over primary responsibility. Change the quality of life if you have to. Family first. I could write a book on that. Believe me.

    I had to ditch a deadline job last week to make it to one of my son’s t-ball games. I talked to my boss from the baseball field, explained that I had to make it to at least one game this week. He understood.

    My next week does not look much better.

  13. Believe, I’m really thankful for your post. Thank you for your honesty, humility and gentleness as you have shared today. Praying for you and yours.

  14. Thanks for the prayers. Day is over and came home to hear my beloved Oklahoma is under tornado attack – including my parents’ city Sounds like their house was spared for now except for the hail damage – other folks sure aren’t as fortunate looks like.

    God Bless the PhxP community.

  15. I’m late to this prayer meeting. Steve, glad you survived your day. Praying for Oklahoma.

    Believe, I’m saying “Amen” to David and Nonnie’s comments.

  16. It has been a while since I’ve asked for prayer for pain issues, since it is pretty much a constant companion now (not complaining, just sayin’). Today, however, I have an intense pain that runs down the back of my neck into my shoulder blade area. Feels like someone just took a baseball bat and beat the crap out of me. I’ve taken some meds and have an ice pack on now. So…I’d appreciate some prayer.

  17. Thanks, Captain. Just did.

    (And so not to add a new post, Edmond, OK is where my folks live. It got some pretty big action today. Hail the size of a grapefruit!)

  18. Believe,
    Am at a loss for words at the good and peaceful space you’re in.
    Wishing you a week full of grace realized and overflowing.

  19. CK, praying

  20. Reading through here and praying this morning. Hoping that CK is feeling better this morning, and praying for those in OK as they awaken to all the challenges they face. Such a tough thing…

    Praying for Believe this morning…for a sense of peace and direction and grace.

    Thankful that Steve’s day went well, and praying for endurance for each as you face jobs and responsibilities.

    Thankful for a quiet start to the day here in TN…

  21. David. I think that post may be better on the open blogging page instead if the prayer thread.

  22. Thanks guys. Amening your prayers above this morning. Hope you all have a good week.

  23. Wow, pray for Moore, OK. Looking at the destruction on TV right now.

  24. Father, YWHW, Jehovah, Jesus of the Old and New Testament and Revelation, Holy Spirit, God, we pray your healing and mercy for the families of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy. If it is your divine judgment on America for turning from all of you, we pray you relent and have mercy, if it is a random act of nature and a by-product of living in a tornado zone, we pray your mercy. If it is because America is letting the gays marry, we pray your mercy. If it is because of global warming, we pray your mercy. If it is because that’s what happens periodically throughout that region due to weather patterns, we pray your mercy.

    In Jesus precious name we pray, amen.

  25. May have to have surgery tomorrow– I’d appreciate prayers. Thanks…

  26. Uh wow! Is everything ok?

  27. Reuben, haven’t been feeling well for a few months and am going in for diagnostic testing. Doc said be prepared…. thanks

  28. Linnea, praying.

  29. Linnea…will be praying. Please keep us posted.

    Some of you will remember Baby Andrew, a little one in our community who spent the first 6 months of his life in the hospital. He had a heart transplant and has faced so many problems. We’ve watched over the last few months as he has come home, will have to go back to the hospital for a day or two, but then back home. He has a great smile and has seemed to be doing well. A few days ago things started to go wrong again. This is their post tonight…please say a prayer for this little one:

    “Good evening to all in Fb land. I was sure a few months ago that I wouldn’t write bad news post anymore. I would like to write it was a good day but I can’t. Today has been for us a day of hopelessness and sadness. Andrew has been fighting the vent all day. His oxygen is reading on the lower end of the spectrum. As a parent we won’t to fix our kids problems. The problem is we have no control, don’t understand all that is going on and the staff doesn’t either because they can’t find the cause. So tonight they will put him in a coma to fully relax him. By doing this it is hoped he will oxygenate better. As we have found out through this saga only time will tell. Have a blessed night.”

  30. Lord, have mercy on baby Andrew.

  31. And on Linnea, too.

  32. praying for baby Andrew.

  33. This is trifling compared to other things…
    My cat is hurt and I can’t help her.
    I still need a job and I’m not recovering from this latest bout of bronchitis.
    I’m leaving town tomorrow…Trey has his first tournament in California.
    I’m a mess.
    Amen.

  34. Michael, I’m thinking that Jesus said something about sparrows and hairs on our heads. Praying for you and Trey.

  35. Thank you, CK…

  36. Praying for Michael and Trey.

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