Be still and know that I am God. I so need that comfort today. I have so many loved ones on my mind right now who need prayers and love and support. I can’t help but tear up when thinking about some of them and what they are going through.
And, I know that God is there with me and my loved ones every step of the way. He promised to be with us through everything. I take comfort in that incredible fact.
The son of a family friend had a stroke a few weeks ago and wasn’t expected to make it. This young man is only 47 years old. Since we found out the news, quite a few people have been praying for him. This afternoon we found out that he was able to move his finger and his feet. And, the report is that he will be okay. So I must say, Praise the Lord!!
Another friend from high school said today that her 10-year-old daughter Lily has bone cancer. I cannot even imagine how my friend is feeling right now. I would be an absolute wreck. I read this in her posting asking for prayers for Lily of family and friends. Wow, what an amazing mother she is. She is doing the best thing for her daughter — putting her in the Lord’s hands.
A relative is struggling with some major health issues and her family is trying to figure out what to do to help her. Another friend’s child is recovering from surgery, a dear pastor’s wife is battling her second round of breast cancer, and several other friends just finished chemo treatments.
It is so easy to get almost overwhelmed by all of these needs of prayer. Yet, by placing them in the Lord’s hand and asking for His protection, guidance, comfort, answers, and support, we are doing the best thing for them and their struggles. We don’t always know the answers of why or the outcome, but praying is still the best thing to do, in my opinion. Also, I think it is important to let those loved ones know we are praying for them and that we can help them if they need us to.
In addition to all of the sadness and hardships, there are also things to praise the Lord for. One relative just received a clean bill of health after cancer treatments, another had a baby shower for her daughter who is due soon, and another is expecting her first child and will find out the sex when the baby is delivered.
I also want to praise the Lord for traveling mercies, for special times with family and friends, and for celebrations of life and our relationships, and that my son prays regularly. Praise also for two friends who suffered major losses and are now healing and discovering new relationships and friendships. And, praise for the ability to laugh with our friends and family and the chances to share funny stories.
There is an amazing hymn that is coming to mind today — “It Is Well With My Soul.”
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
And Lord haste the day, when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
Isn’t that song amazing? It was written by a man named Horatio Spafford who suffered some great losses in his life. The fact he was able to craft these words still amazes me today.And, it is so comforting and inspirational as well.
I want to close with a prayer:
“Lord, please watch over my loved ones in all that they do. Please stretch out your healing hands on those who are sick and suffering. Please give us comfort and help us as only you can. Please help to us be there for one another and show the love that you have taught us.
“Praise and thanks to You for all of the gifts You provide for us. Praise to you and thanks so much for your love that You shower down on us. Praise also for our friendships and relationships we have. Praise to you for giving us the ability to love, laugh, and forgive.
“Thanks so much for life and liberty and freedoms. Amen.”