I’ve had “the weepies” since Saturday. Today is Friday. I’m stronger by the day, but I’m still emotionally fragile. And then this morning, I found this daily devotional in my email inbox. Maren Tirabassi writes such good stories. And prayers.
I know there are people with worse troubles than mine. I live in suburban US, spring has come; I don’t live in a war-zone or gang-ridden neighborhood, I’m not starving (far from it!) nor freezing. But my spirit is weak and my emotions are fragile. Will you pray with me, please?
The layers of your love and your plan go on forever; I can’t know them all, but I sure do love them! You are amazing and I love seeing ‘what happens next’, even when it brings me to tears. Only you can interrupt the mortal actions throughout my day, reminding me to focus on you… on your compassion… your brilliance.
I bring Thea and Jim and my own self to you. I pray that your will be done, and if you don’t have a strong preference, I pray that Thea not have to go through chemo again. She’s only 62 and I’m not ready to lose her.
Hold my brother close, please, and remind him to take care of the marvelous being you have created, the one that we know as Jim.
And me: strengthen me. Grant me intelligent compassion: the ability to care for others and to care for myself just as much and to take care of myself. And help me to come, and to come to, and come to know, and come to know you.
Thank you for sunshine, and cold dew on the grass, and plants to ‘harden off’ as they prepare to go in the garden. Thank you for bleeding heart that came back, after Pat Hummel gave me replacements for the one I lost in the drought. Thank you for the pond and thank you in advance for the waterfall and the goldfish. Thank you for popups that tell me of a book written by John Shelby Spong. Now I want to read it and Amazon has it for a penny. Thank you for sisters in Christ who pray with/for me. Thank you for my life.
In Jesus’ name,
To God be the glory!
Melissa Pazen, MSW
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