Friday, August 26, 2011

A Heart That Stops

Have you ever had days that what arrived was unexpected? The unexpected happening arrived just in time and brought with it refreshment that you did not realize you needed?  Not long ago this happened to me. The happening? I went to lunch with a friend and as usual he said a prayer before we began to enjoy our food. What I was not expecting was that he opened his small bible that sat in the corner of the table, took my hand and began to read. My heart seemed to stop as I listened to his words, as he quietly read them to me as a prayer.

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and this incomparable great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:15-20.

Precious words voiced in prayer from a dear friend. Why are these words so special? My friend is very ill and unless the Lord heals his body, I am never sure if this is the last time I will see him on this side of heaven. 

My word for you today, "Enjoy and cherish the friendships that God places around you for such a time as this." Many of my friends are already home with the Lord and looking down at us from heaven. Many are very, very ill as I write this. There are days, I wonder why I am still here and my friends are not. I wonder why them and not me. Then I am reminded, there is much on this earth that I do not understand. For this reason, for those of us, who are still on this earth, God has work for us to do for him. May we be faithful and follow his path for our lives.

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