Friday, September 09, 2005

Lamentations 1-2; Obadiah 1; Revelation 14

It's a beautiful day, you can sense summer ebbing away. For some that is the best time, cooler weather and the promise of Fall but it never has been for me.....I love the pace of summer, I love spring with the promise of summer but SUMMER to me is the best season. Everything fully alive......warm and sunny days.....everything fully alive.....hmmmmmmm
I don't know and maybe nothing but maybe I live my life too much in the summer or the promise of it? The promise of being fully alive....
I don't know and nothing coming of it right now so I just pray to read Your word with a soft and teachable heart, open and seeking Your will.....

Lamentations 2: 11 My eyes fail from weeping,
I am in torment within, my heart is poured out on the ground
because my people are destroyed,
because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.
12 They say to their mothers,
"Where is bread and wine?" as they faint like wounded men in the streets of the city,
as their lives ebb away in their mothers' arms.

Cannot help but think of the Gulf Coast as I read these words....to think of what they have suffered, what they are still going to have to endure....homelessness and fear of 'what next'.....we live ... I LIVE in such oblivion and probably they did to, thinking it won't / can't happen to me well it has, it is. And I sit here in suburbia at a computer crying tears of sympathy, not doing anything or not doing ENOUGH... because whatever I do can't help...how many of us are doing that?
So I pray and look at a summer of being fully alive and PRAY to become more and more intuned to YOUR will and to become a listening heart to the pain of others....all others.....So just keep praying...

Lamentations 2: 18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord.
O wall of the Daughter of Zion, let your tears flow like a river
day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.
19 Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children,
who faint from hunger at the head of every street.

All of us without something to DO... Pray for those who are down there, who are going down there, give to the organizations that are providing the relief and ...PRAY....And even more in
Obadiah 1: 12 You should not look down on your brother
in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.

All the pontificating and criticizing has to stop... DO something , organize something, support the organizers and the organizations and...... or shut up and PRAY, especially us as believers...set a tone of prayerful dependence.....Listen to Him only and PRAY for all of us believers to unite in prayer for the sufferers and the rescuers cry out to God for them.....It's not our place to predict or condemn ONLY our God knows the hearts of those who have been touched by this tragedy...BUT we can pray HIS WILL in all this, through all of US BE DONE....
What if we did??? All of us believers in God united in PRAYER...
LORD TEACH US HOW TO PRAY........
And then this verse in Revelation 14: 15Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." ....
I am no bible scholar nor prophecy proponent ....I am simply wanting a Heart that beats for Him and wanting everyone to know the wonder of Christ.....so I'm just going to pray....

6 comments:

Bar Bar A said...

Thank you so much for the kind words you left in my comments! I appreciate the encouragement.

Melissa said...

There is so much bitterness and recentment filtering through this whole tragedy...I want to both shake people and wrap my arms around them in love...I agree...especially for myself, I need to just shut-up and pray! God bless these thoughts...and my I go forth and reap the harvest!

Kristie Allen said...

I have been so frustrated trying to figure out my place in all of this madness concerning the gulf coast. I don't have money or resources to send and usually I am the first to sign up and go but I can't even do that because of school. But you reminded me that prayer is important, now I have a job...thank you.

MaryAnn M said...

i USED to like Fall because of the whole NEW SCHOOL year stuff and NEW SCHOOL Clothes...then as a mom I liked it because it was a safe "back to the routine" of life.
But...I always miss the sun and fun and energy of SUMMER.

I went out today and bought a bunch of new clothes...now I will go pray and prepare to take part in the harvest around me.

Gina said...

To answer your question that you posted on my worship blog. . .YES! you may absolutely use any of the ideas you see on my blog. As for where I get my ideas, I have to give God the credit for that one. God speaks to me through pictures and symbolism. I just ask for him to show me what to focus on next, and he is always faithful. It's so fun to use my creativity for worshipping God. It's my passion. Thanks for you comments, they've been very encouraging.

So I Go said...

prayer is so huge here.. i'm so with you on this! but we've been lied to about its significance by one who has much to gain from our inaction.. we must fight it and pray even harder..

great post!!