Here we are again.
What a week my family has had!
I’ve been on my knees in prayer more this past week than in a very long time.
Not that I don’t try to as the Bible says “pray without ceasing.” You know, that little phrase tucked in to I Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always,pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
And what about that “rejoice always’.
Sometimes that is hard to do on a Monday.
When you aren’t feeling your best.
And, “give thanks.”
How do you do that when someone you love is sick.
When a grandchild has a medical issue.
When a son has an important interview.
When dear friends (family really) are overwhelmed with the closing on a new home, the young child who is sick, the hurried pace of their young, busy lives.
When a husband feels like he’s never going to feel better.
But, that’s what I Thessalonians tells me to do.
So, I try.
I give thanks for the 400 kids who attended Vacation Bible School last week at our church and especially for the 42 who came to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
I rejoice that the son passed his interview with flying colors and moves on to the oral boards for the new position he so desperately wants and that would mean so much to his family. (Please, God?)
I give thanks for the prodigal who showed his love and who shared his time with the family who loves him. (Luke 15:11-32)
I lift him up in prayer, like Hannah lifted Samuel, to the God who gave him to me. (I Samuel 1:10-11)
For the man with whom I’ve shared my life these 30 years.
I pray that God will renew his strength (Isaiah 40:31).
I pray for patience for him but more importantly for me (Romans 12:12).
I pray continued blessings on our family as we seek to serve the Father who was and is and always will be. (Colossians 1:1-14)
The single most important tool the we as Christians have. And, the greatest gift of that prayer. The one who sits at the right hand of the father and intercedes. (Romans 8:34).