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Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

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)

Thankful Thursday: My God, My family, My life

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

 

 

Thankful Thursday: a gift dull, shimmering and cleaned

A gift dull, shimmering and cleaned

1. It’s a little hard to find something “dull” that I am actually thankful for.  I did however find something that was dull, and at this very moment I was thankful that it was turned upside down and on the ground!

It was very hard to be thankful for this, at least for me anyway.  I guess the golfers are probably the only ones that are truly thankful for this. 🙂

Quiet sign at golf tournament

2.  I found myself in complete awe on this day…..surrounded by God’s handiwork.  The setting sun, the light shimmering on the sand and the water…the opportunity to live so close and see this beauty is a gift I am so very thankful for.

sun on the ocean

3.  And…I am so thankful for this…the rain that has finally come today to clean the air, feed the plants and the grass, and give us the water that we so desperately need.

rain in the garden

These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for today. It’s important to stop…take a moment…and reflect on the good things in life.

Will you join me in counting the blessings on your journey through life?

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~ G. K. Chesterton

Fear Not!

Always a good thing to remember when things aren’t going the way I think they should…
Fear Not

Plus…I really like the idea of God “holding my hand” :)…and not just any hand….His righteous right hand!

Doesn’t get much better than that!

Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts of hope

3 gifts of hope…

Definition: hope |hōp| a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen

1.  I’m thankful for new life, and the hope that this plant will produce good peppers for me, once again!

pepper plant

2. I’m thankful for the hope that I have in eternal life, and a home in heaven. This will not be my final destination!

cemetary in Savannah

3.  I’m thankful for the gift of each new day, and the hope that I have at the end of each day. The hope for tomorrow…a new day, and another opportunity to start over, another day to “get back up again”!

sunset in Santa Barbara

These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

On this day in 1980…

I married my best friend!

It’s been 33 years, and I just keep falling love….

success

….Over and over and over again!

And now we are off to celebrate our successful marriage!

God has been so good to us! 🙂