Five Minute Friday – Empty

Hi and Happy Good Friday.  Today’s Five Minute Friday word is empty, just right for Good Friday.  I haven’t written one of these in a long time.  But, here goes. This image is from Power Point’s clip art.

Empty – our lives can be empty if we have no purpose, no one to care about, don’t love ourselves, or have no support. My hope and prayer is that we all have people to laugh with us during the good times and to be there in the times of sadness, hurt, and struggle. And that we can learn to love ourselves and realize that we are worthy of love, acceptance and caring.

I also think about people who are hungry and have no regular source of food. And those with no clean and safe source of water.  May we help them so they don’t have empty bellies. May we help them so they do not thirst, but instead can safely be nourished and fed.

Empty is also what was found at the tomb on Easter morning — three days after the death of Jesus.  Imagine what that must have been like.  I can picture them thinking, what happened and where did he go?  Did someone steal him?  I imagine they were very puzzled yet amazed at the miracle.

Today is the day we remember the suffering and death that our Lord endured.  He became human and felt all the feelings that we do and learned how we feel in times of happiness, struggle, pain, and loss.  He suffered a brutal death for us.

On Sunday, we celebrate His resurrection and that empty tomb.  The stone was rolled away and He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!  This is what our faith is all about.

Okay times up.  That five minutes went by fast.  I have a few things to add.

No matter what you believe or celebrate, please remember that you are loved, you are valued, you are important, and you don’t have to be or feel empty.  There are those who will care for you and be there for you.

May you  have a blessed Easter weekend.  For those celebrating Passover, may you be blessed as well.  And, may we never feel empty.  God’s blessings to you!

Prayers and Heartbreak

Yesterday at church, we prayed for three of our loved ones — two suffering from cancers and the other from depression and other issues.  The two guys (one a child and the other an adult) with cancer are in the advanced stages and things don’t look good.  We continue to pray and hope for the best but who knows what the Lord has in mind.  Not me, that’s for sure.

I am praying for miracles. I am praying for all signs of cancer to be gone. I am praying for complete healing. I selfishly want my loved ones to be healed and back to themselves. I want them to be able to do everything again and not to suffer anymore.

I want long lives for them without pain and suffering and without this dreaded and terrible illness. Yet, these don’t seem to be the answers for several of my loved ones. It seems the Lord has something else in mind and that is heartbreaking. And hard to reconcile.

As hard as it is to think we soon may have to say goodbye, there is comfort in knowing they will be going to Heaven when it is their time.  They are believers and that is an amazing blessing.  That is what I grew up believing and it is comforting. Yet it is still so painful and hard.

The other loved one who we prayed for has been battling some issues for a while.  She is amazing and great to talk with. I earnestly hope and pray that she can find answers, love, comfort, support, and healing, and beat these issues.

In addition to these three, I have many other loved ones battling various stages of cancer, illness, injuries, loss, deaths, and pain.  They all are amazing and brave in the fights that they are in.  May they have comfort in knowing they are not alone.

Living the faith we say we have is hard, especially when seeing people in pain.  However, the Lord promised He would always be there to carry us through.  He knows better than we do what we need and what to provide for us.

Despite all of my sadness, I am comforted by the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 that states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

He knows the plans for us and doesn’t want to harm us. Wow, isn’t that incredible? So may we cling to that and believe that no matter what the answer is, we will be okay. I just have to keep reminding myself of this truth.

As tears roll down my cheeks as I think of these loved ones, I will try to remember this and receive some comfort from it.  Sorry for the downer blog today but this is what is on my mind this morning.  If you are suffering, may you find comfort, healing, and hope. May you know that you are not alone and that you are loved.