Dec 232012

thumbnail.aspxIn our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will.

And in this privileged place
we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we
and by those who despair more deeply than do we.


Look upon your church and its pastors
in this season of hope
which runs so quickly to fatigue
and in this season of yearning
which becomes so easily quarrelsome.

Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edges of our fingertips.

We do not want our several worlds to end.

Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new.


  11 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. “grace and the impatience to wait …” my yes, the contradiction works … amen, Lord

    i am grateful for a day by myself, praying that i can compile Scripture for a quiet reading after the stockings are hung tomorrow night – i want to begin with Genesis 1:1 🙂

    praying for Christmas to break through the din everywhere, but especially for the PhxP folk

    God keep

  2. Here is the latest update from my friends-
    “Bilirubin is down to 13.1….:) so it looks like it’s trending downward…which is a huge praise. His spleen is still enlarged and his liver is normal size but on ultrasounds some things look abnormal. I need to get tested for TB to rule out that it’s not laying dormant in my system from traveling to Philippines and Nicaragua (in case I was exposed). But they don’t really think it’s TB cause it doesn’t really completely align to the viral symptoms.”

    Please keep praying for them

  3. Blessed Christmas Adam to all…(Adam came before Eve)… God is in control. He is good. Life is often fraught with loss, confusion, sorrows, but this life isn’t Eternal Life or Heaven.
    Today, I am singing a song from church called “Praise Is My Weapon”…..God deserves our praise, all de time.

  4. still need lots of prayer. I have been so sore since the accident last Thursday that I can’t believe it, and due to the treatment I was getting at the hospital I tore out the IV and left. I think I have some broken ribs, and they really hurt just breathing, and lifting Debbie being on so much pain that I cry like a little boy. SO far I have not found anyone to help. sometime I can’t believe that I have told people just how hard a situation this is and how much pain I am in, and not one person can make time to come help. One girl did offer, but for reason beyond me Debbie would not allow the person to help. But even if she had helped it would have been 2 hours and I have been home alone with Debbie and all her needs for 98 hours –

    yesterday I had to try to find my credit card and phone and stuff, and I needed gas and some cash to run about .. now I have no Idea why, but Debbie would not tell me the pin to her debit card, it made was was already hell on earth to a deeply wounded feeling of betrayal in the midst of all that pain.

    still hurting, still need help still totally alone in all this and I mean totally alone, Debbie has checked out again for now, she will probably come back. but who knows

  5. DMW, if you need someone to talk to or pray with let me know. I can get you my cell number. I’m on the road a lot so I have plenty of time to talk and listen while I’m driviving my truck.

  6. My best friend is in the hospital with Pneumonia, Mersa Flu, and Sepsis. His name is Jaymie. He is 50/50 right now.

  7. Jaymie died today. Please pray for his wife Lynn.

  8. My thoughts and sympathies, Reuben.

  9. Oh Reuben, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  10. praying Reuben for you and your friend’s wife

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