You’ll pardon me for indulging in one of my very favorite hymns–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. My path needs some light right now, and I don’t mean maybe.
Please pray for me! Again, I’m not free to give details, but I have more than one family member in grave danger, health-wise, and my livelihood suddenly seems to be on thin ice. And that’s all I want even to mention. Plenty to keep me wide-awake all night.
Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. O Son of God have mercy on me, and help me.
As distressed as I am by this development, I feel obliged to comment.
We elected Donald Trump to protect us from the corrupt predators of the Swamp in Washington, D.C. But yesterday they hogtied him and got him to sign their trillion-dollar spending bill. In it the bad guys got everything they want while we got nothing–no border wall, no relief from the Swamp’s incontinent and wicked spending. They also gave themselves another hefty pay raise; and having done all that, rushed out of town for their vacations.
I went outside. The sky’s still blue, the birds still sing, and God’s still here. By “here”I mean everywhere. He is not an absentee landlord, sunning himself on a beach in Antigua while his property just goes to pot.
Pray harder, sing louder.
O Lord our God, exercise your sovereignty, your glory: turn the Swamp’s rejoicing into tears and lamentations: intervene for our good, and save our country. Look past our sins and frustrate your enemies for your great Name’s sake, and for the sake of our rightful King, Jesus Christ, and in His name, Amen.
I haven’t formally been asked to make these prayer requests, and I know some of you have already delivered prayers to this cause: but I would like to round up more prayers, if I can, and I don’t think anyone will mind.
This is for Linda and Phoebe, of our small fellowship, and for a member of my family whom I’m not at liberty to name or describe. She’d kill me if I did.
O Lord Our God, our sisters in Christ, and fellowservants in His household, Linda and Phoebe, have fallen ill. Please be swift to help them, Lord: “Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Restore their health quickly, O Father in Heaven.
Father, you know who I mean by “a member of my family,” and you know what kind of help she needs. Please, Lord, protect her.
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanks to all of you for your prayers yesterday, and I want you to know they did me good.
Not that any of the problems has gone away. But my power to hope has been refreshed, and for that I give thanks.
Even got my Newswithviews column done today, which I absolutely couldn’t do yesterday, couldn’t focus at all.
Things are not going at all well with my family, lately. And as much as I would like to give you the details–and that’s very much indeed–I am not at liberty to do so. You’ll just have to take my word for it–and pray that the Lord helps us, and soon. I don’t know what to do, and there’s no one to go to… but God Himself and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, all I can do for now is to follow the old advice: pray harder, sing louder. And hope God hears me, and comes to our aid. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A robin tends her eggs. I could not bring myself to post the photo that actually went with this news story. God’s stuff works. Ours, increasingly, doesn’t.
Let all things be done decently and in order. –St. Paul, I Corinthians 14:40
The Church of Scotland has thrown this verse out the window, deeming the Holy Bible as written “very patriarchal” (oh, please) and sorely in need of a “21st century update” (http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/09/women-penises-church-scotland-launches-transgender-support-guide/).
Another verse they have a problem with is Genesis 1:27, “Male and female created He them.” See, they just got this little 30-page booklet–a substitute for Scripture–that tells ’em all about embracing transgenderism and helping Satan to sell it. Okay, it doesn’t admit to helping Satan. But that’s what it is.
As one Church of Scotland bigwig says, “Some men have vaginas and some women have penises.” This is wicked nonsense spoken in God’s name. It is a serious sin.
And so another church bites the dust–on purpose, with its eyes open.
O Lord Our God! Remember, please remember, that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. Grant this erring and rebellious church a spirit of repentance, before it’s too late. And protect us from the evil that has infected such churches. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
In case you haven’t seen it in the Comments section, our friend “thewhiterabbit” has asked for our prayers for his brother in Christ, Phillip Turner, who is to have a leg amputated tomorrow. I remember when that had to be done for my grandfather, when I was a boy. My father cried.
O Lord our God, shed your grace upon your servant, Phillip Turner, and uphold him in this trial–and for long afterward, too. Comfort our friend David, who grieves for his friend. This is a hard world, Father, and there are times when we need you to carry us a ways. This is one of them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
It was only last year he was occasionally posting comments here; but now my brother-in-law is in the hospital with yet another serious medical difficulty (I’m not at liberty to give you the details, because he’s not able to give his consent) and he needs our prayers.
O Lord our God, our God who loves mercy and hears our prayers, please come to the aid of my brother-in-law, Ray, and in Jesus’ name, please heal him. Please, Father, restore him to health: In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This was the first hymn I learned to play on my harmonica. I still love it! O Worship the King–and I wish I knew who’s performing it in this video.
And, please, let’s keep praying for our sisters, Erlene and Phoebe, who’ve been sick all week: please, Lord, be swift to help and heal them! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When He Was on the Cross, I was on His Mind, by John Starnes: this one’s for Erlene, who suggested it yesterday, and for Phoebe. These two members of our fellowship have been suffering with illness this week, and they need our prayers. Some of you have already started praying for them. Let’s all join in.
O Lord Our God, in the name of our most perfect healer, Jesus Christ your Son, two of our fellowship are down and we ask you, in Jesus’ name, to raise them back up: for we know that you can do all things. Please, Father, restore these our sisters to good health: in Jesus’ name, Amen.