Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers
by Tom Norvell
Father, please hear the prayers we offer.
Lord, please take away the sadness. We are hurting. We are weary. There are days we cannot remember what joy felt like. Our hearts have been broken. We sometimes wonder if you really care … and if you are really there. We are not sure how much we can bear. So, in our sadness we pray, “Father, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Lord, please take away the fear. There’s so much happening that we don’t understand. We struggle with the uncertainty. We struggle to find confidence. We are looking for reasons for hope. So, in our times of fear we pray, “Father, walk with us and hold us in Your strong hands.”
Lord, please take away the disappointment. Too often we’ve put our trust in people; too often we watch them fail. We put our hope in things; and things never last. With each disappointment our hearts grow sicker as our hopes slowly seem to fade in the darkness. So, in our disappointment we pray, “Father, help us to be faithful to You, and never forget Your promise to be faithful in all things.”
Lord, please take away the doubt. Deep in our hearts we know you care. In the depths of our souls we know You are always near. At times our faith is weak and our confidence is depleted. So, in times of doubt we pray, “Father, open our eyes and open our ears.”
Lord, please take away the anger. We are not by nature angry people. But, there are times when the anger waits just beneath the surface to erupt at just the wrong moment. We don’t want that anger to take root in our hearts. We want to let go of it and harbor no resentment. We want to forgive. So, in our anger we pray, “Father, forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us.”
Lord, please take away the hurt. The hurts … well, they hurt. The hurt seems to never end. Pain is all around us. Not just us, but people all around us are crying for relief. So in our times of hurting we pray for Your healing hand to rest upon us, and to feel Your comforting Spirit within us, and that someday we might understand.
Lord, take away the loneliness. There are times when loneliness almost completely overwhelms us. We long for relationship. We long for friendship. We long for love. We know You are always with us. We know your love is real. But, sometimes, Lord, we need someone we can touch, someone we can see, and someone we can feel. So, in our loneliness we pray, “Fill us, Lord, with Your presence.”
Father, thank you for restoring joy to us, for calming our fears, for reassuring us of Your faithfulness, for opening our eyes and ears to the certainty of Your, for forgiving us of our sins, for healing us of our hurts, and for filling us with Your presence. We love you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Have you ever experienced something that had minimal long-term effect, but made a huge impact on you, never-the-less?
I experienced one of those events last night.
The fire truck was going down our street with the lights on, and then it stopped. Just two houses down and across the street from me. I know all of my immediate neighbors, so I know that in this house is an elderly lady who has lived there pretty much since the day we moved in, over twenty years a go.
I stepped outside to find out what had happened, and I saw a young man and lady embraced in each others arms. Then I heard the sound. The sound of agony, and pain and torment, all rolled into one.
A sound I’m all too familiar with…the sound of the pain of death.
I stood on my front step for a moment, I knew it was bad, but what was it? Then the ambulance drove up to the house. It stopped. Someone got out, and within seconds the driver was back in the vehicle, and the ambulance left. There was no need for it to be there, there was no life to save, the life was gone.
A life taken all too soon, by her own hands, but it wasn’t the elderly lady, it was a young lady who was renting a room from the elderly lady. She apparently had lost all hope, and in her despair, she took her own life.
It was so painful as I stood there and saw her children trying to wrap their minds around what they had just seen and found out. I don’t know them, but I know the pain and the anguish they were experiencing. I know the gut-wrenching feeling, the unfathomable anguish. I know that this is not only going to effect their lives, but it is also going to have a huge impact on them….for the rest of their lives.
There was absolutely nothing I could do to help them. I couldn’t bring her back to them, which I know is all that they really wanted. I couldn’t take that awful heartache and pain away.
I could only pray for them, and so I did. I prayed that God would wrap His strong arms around them, and bring them a peace and a comfort that only He can give.
A peace and a comfort that I am also very familiar with.
And so it is, on this “Thankful Thursday“… I am once again thankful for so many things…but I am especially thankful for the love and support of my family and for the strong arms of my God.
“Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away,but love stays with us. Love is God.” – Lew Wallace
These glorious days!
I still can’t get use to them!
These are the days that I would dream about when I was sitting in my cubicle at my desk.
Looking out the window and just longing to be…out…there!
Out where my feet could be free. Out where I could enjoy the warmth of the sun on my back. But more importantly, out where I could just kick back with my very best friend.
Yep! These are some glorious days! The days that are no longer a dream, but my reality.
This is my amazing life!
Oh, it was just one of those days. The kind that takes a different twist and turn just about every other minute of the day.
And then, the grand twist of them all…I volunteered to pick my grandkids up from school, and got the pick up time wrong!
How did I manage to do that? I’ve picked them up several times before. This wasn’t the first (and hopefully it won’t be the last), so I know what time they get out.
But, nope..not yesterday.
Yesterday, I got a call from their mom wondering if I was planning on getting the kids, and if I was, well, they got out of school 10 minutes a go.
Yep. I felt terrible.
I rushed to pick them up, as quick as I could go, and there they were. Waiting ever so patiently (well, not really patiently, but still waiting) for me in the school office.
I was greeted with hugs and smiles. (Hugs always helps when you’ve made a blundering mistake, so that was nice!)
I asked them if they thought I forgot about them.
No grandma, we know you would never forget us…but you did forget to pick us up!
Yep…classic “Grandma fail”.
Trust me, that will never happen again!
Today is my daughter’s birthday. Happy Birthday Baby! It seems like it was only a few years a go when I was holding her in my arms and welcoming her to this crazy mixed-up world of ours.
Oh, how quickly the time has gone by…but the memories, they really are very precious.
(I realize this would have been better if I had pictures from her childhood mixed in here, but I’m thousands of miles from home today, so the memories will have to do.)
I remember when I would squeeze her tight, and absolutely delight in the feel of that little body in my arms.
Today…she’s experiencing this joy and wonder of holding her precious child, and the feeling of pure delight that comes with it!
I remember those moments when something as simple as a balloon would bring joy to her heart…and mine.
And now it’s her turn to experience the little things in life and just how amazingly special those little things and moments can be!
And I remember those times when she would run into my arms, squeeze my neck, and want nothing more than just to be held in my arms.
This moment…I know is one that she thoroughly enjoys. I’m so thankful that she is getting to experience this joy and wonder of being a mom.
I am so proud of her and the beautiful young lady she has become! Her gentle spirit, kind heart, and loving soul, touches my heart in ways that are quite difficult to express.
She is a wonderful person, a loyal friend, a fantastic little momma, and a loving daughter.
I am so very thankful God blessed my life by giving her to me on this day….30 years a go!