Prayer & Praise

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  1. Would really like some to pray that spring will come to my part of the country. For 3 weeks running we have had a snowstorm close to the beginning of the week, with liberal snow in between. It looks like another 10 possible inches tonight. Now our part of the country really needs moisture (drought), but would really like to see it as rain.
    This winter is really starting to get me and my wife down and depressed.
    Thank you!

  2. Nonnie says:

    I can relate to that Derek. This past week was the first week we had some “spring” weather after 5 longs months. May the Son shine joy into your hearts today.

  3. Nonnie, it teased us here. We had about 2 weeks of spring weather and then back to winter. 🙁

  4. Paigemom says:

    Derek….. praying for the joy of Spring to envelope your area….. sunshine is so healing.

  5. mrtundraman says:

    I pray for what’s best for farmers not city dwellers.

  6. jlo says:

    Derek, Praying.

  7. jlo says:

    mrtundraman, Please limit your snark to the other threads.

  8. mrtundraman says:

    jlo – not snark at all. Not in the least. I don’t pray for clear weather when I know that farmers depend upon rain. I don’t even read the Scripture “God causes it to rain on the just and the unjust” as a city dweller would. They see rain as a bad thing. I see rain as a blessing in that passage.

    No snark…

  9. Reuben says:

    Derek,

    Snow storms are really starting to mess with my job. My pre-summer PM work on some 400 roof top units has been stalled this month due to cold temps and snow. It is impossible to do cooling checks when every RTU is heating buildings. It made for a really bad week last week. 50 hours at work waiting around for a grand total of 25 hours of service calls. That does not pay the bills.

    I would like summer. Now.

  10. Reuben,
    You need prayers for spring and summer more than me. It is just depressing me, at least it isn’t messing with my paycheck. Praying for you.
    Great, just looked out the window. The snow has begun. I would love some rain and thundershowers. I am actually looking forward to the fact that moving back South will mean less snow and more thunder and lightning.

  11. jlo says:

    mrtundraman, then please forive me.

  12. filbertz says:

    mtm,
    is your prayer more acceptable to God because it is farmer-driven?
    Perhaps there is a best-seller in your future…The Farmer-Driven (prayer) Life.

  13. Sarah says:

    Derek….praying for you here as well. Here in TN we had more rain in the month of March than I think we ever had…grey and gloomy days. I love rain…but the grey was bearing down on all of us. Thankful for some sunshine, although now I can complain about the allergies! Praying for you and your wife…for joy to great you in the morning.

    Reuben…praying for you as well…for the weather and the work.

  14. mrtundraman says:

    “mtm,
    is your prayer more acceptable to God because it is farmer-driven?”

    If God calls precipitation a blessing then who am I to call it a curse?

  15. filbertz says:

    mtm,
    what if “rain on the just and unjust alike” refers to trouble or trial?

  16. Thanks for the prayers. We got about a foot (a record month of snow for Rapid City), but it is all off the road now and they are saying temps in the 70’s by the weekend. Maybe it will be spring and rain from now on. 🙂

  17. mrtundraman says:

    “mtm,
    what if “rain on the just and unjust alike” refers to trouble or trial?”

    Then it says something about the theology of the person who believes that. Besides, it’s undeniable from the context that it’s not about God doing bad things to good people but about God blessing people who do evil…

    Mat 5:45-47
    That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
    For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
    And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

  18. filbertz says:

    thanks, mtm, that was a pleasant exchange.

  19. mrtundraman says:

    Being a city dweller myself, I used to think that rain was a bummer since i found it inconvenient for my plans. Then I went to visit some CC missionary friends in Mexico. They have a ranch with cattle on it. One day we were going to go out and work the cows but it was raining. I complained to my rancher/missionary friends and my missionary friend kindly let me know that the bit of rain I found inconvenient was probably worth several thousands of dollars to him in “free” feed for his cows.

    I repented of my bad heart and bad theology after I revisited the verse that I thought I once understood. Reading the context i learned that I totally misunderstood the passage and didn’t get the heart of Jesus right either.

    Now he and I never agreed about crows. He was a big fan, but I never appreciated them mocking me 🙂

  20. Steve Wright says:

    Keep reading into chapter 7 of that same sermon and it seems Jesus gives a different take on rain….

    at least too much of it. 😉

  21. mrtundraman says:

    Steve, It’s only an issue if you believe in the CC notion of “expositional constancy” which I find to be fallacious. For instance, “leaven” isn’t always a bad thing in Scripture. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad.

    Besides even in that passage it’s not the rain that was a problem, it was the house not being on a good foundation that was the problem. Too much of a blessing can be a curse to some.

  22. Steve Wright says:

    Tundra, just having fun. Did you miss the little winky?

    I’m not going to screw up the prayer thread. That’s sacred ground here.

    Just being a little lighthearted in hopes that for once there could be something besides a CC bash in return..

    Yeah, floods are great in Scripture. Too much blessing…

    Got it..

  23. Linnea says:

    Would you continue to prayer for my parent’s salvation? My Dad is on the mend after surgery, but had a couple of small strokes. Thanks…

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