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Earlier this week, my study group discussed “Evil, Suffering, and a God of Love” in the series called Living the Questions. Rev. Winnie Varghese (Rector of St. Mark’s-Church-in-the-Bowery in New York City & former Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University) stated that it is heretical to focus on material good things that God has given to us, thinking this is because something we’ve done.  She said this belief leads us to think bad things happening has some reason in who we are or what we’ve done.

I learned this morning that Amy (who we’ve brought to God in prayer all week) has had three more seizures since yesterday afternoon.  Doctors are running tests.  All of us are on “pray without ceasing” alert!  Will you pray with me please?

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Constant Creator, 

You call us continually.  You long for our love.  You make mysteries and marvels.  You are more — more than our minds can imagine!  Amazing!

All glory, laud, and honor to you.  I express my adoration, my praise, my joy.  Hosanna!  You are amazing!

Lord of Light,

I wish I didn’t need to bring Amy to you again!  She loves you Lord; I know she is in a strong and loving relationship with you.  I know you are aware of what is happening and I wish it were not.  I know you are in charge and I am not, Lord.  I know you will make all things ultimately work for the good for Amy.  I know this.  But she’s having physical emergencies, Lord and I hate that.  Amy is such a good person and strives for what’s right and cares for others…  I want her to be just fine.  And that’s not in my sphere of control, Lord.  But I know it’s in your sphere of control, so I bring her to you again.

Heal Amy, Lord, I beg of you.

My carpal tunnel syndrome is strong today, Lord.  I love you and I want to keep talking, but I may have to give my thumbs and fingers a rest.  I know you understand and I know you hear me whether I type or talk out loud or talk inside my head.

Gentle, gracious Grandother,

I have come to believe that I need not focus on the bad things that happen to the good people.  This life and this world will always have bad and good.  There will be times of both and of each.  Lord, I know that I need focus only on you.  I need focus on loving, on serving, on praying.  I need not focus on understanding (even though I love figuring things out) your reasons and the reasons of bad, evil, sin in the universe.  That’s not my concern, not my sphere of control.

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So I will dwell with you.  I will continue to ask you to heal my friend.  I will continue to type my side of our conversation and I will love.  I will try to bring your blessing to others.

Generous Giver,

Thank you for doctors. Thank you for hospitals. Thank you for technology. Thank you for medicine. Thank you for nourishment. Thank you for curiosity. Thank you for the will to make things better and the will to improve the condition of the world. Thank you for those who love us.  Thank you for those who support us. Thank you for those who worry about us and cry with us when we suffer.  Lord, I love you so much!

I pray in the Holy Name of Jesus,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”

~ Mark Twain (1835-1910); US author

Good morning God,

You know the reason WHY…  You made it happen.  You are the stuff of which it’s all made.

Contemplating the world if “your kingdom (were to) come on earth, as it is in heaven” makes my head spin.  With you on the throne, or leading us ALL, would war cease?  Would hunger end?  Would we selflessly give away the medication for illness and perform surgeries?  Would we find a way to share everything and have it be enough for all?

Lord of Life,

I’m human and usually when I understand I can remember.  When I think of “WHY”, I fall back on the catechism I was taught as a six year old:  you made me “to know, love & serve” you “and to be happy with” you “someday in heaven”.  A few weeks ago, Greg Skiba said the Westminster catechism declares “to enjoy” you.

Somehow, I think it means moving beyond worrying about my own self.  Is the “WHY” to be one of the humans who practices this?  This seems to me all that I have.  And so again this morning, I give it all to you.

I pray, Lord, that you will help me stay focused and help me to “live inspired”.  I pray you will keep me focused on this goal.  I pray you will remind me not to worry about the other little things like money.

I pray, Lord, that you will let me be a conduit for your grace.

Glorious and Generous Giver,

Thank you for my life.  Thank you for my friends.  Thank you for the chance to try again today.  I love you so much.

Through Jesus Christ,

Amen

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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