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My co-worker, Dee, became a widow through the tragic and unexpected death of her husband about five years ago.  Since then, life has been precarious for Dee.  She spent much of these last years angry with God.  Her grief over her husband was palpable.  

Bit by bit, over time Dee crept back toward a relationship with God.  She found Joyce Meyer on TV and something in Ms. Meyer’s theology rings true for Dee.  

Last week, Dee mentioned she had a job interview.  I prayed most of what follows for her that day and sent my prayer to Dee and to my partners in prayer, inviting them to join me.  As they responded, I sent their notes to Dee.  This morning I received one from a friend who is in Italy right now.  When I sent it to Dee, she asked if we’d pray for a different matter.  

I always feel privileged to know the hearts’ desires of others, because it means I can pray for them.  I’m always honored when asked to pray.

Glorious God,

I rise in the morning to sing praise of you, for you are the only God.  You are the creative energy in the universe.  You cause all change.  You were present before the beginning, whether it was a ‘big bang’ or a week or calling things into being.  Your energy is a loving energy, seeking to make all thing new and good.  Amazing!

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Loving Lord,

Jeremiah heard you say “for I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not your destruction.”  God, I claim this verse for my co-worker, Dee.  She has struggled long and hard and needs a way to have financial stability.  Lord, I pray you will remind her that you have made her with everything she needs.  She has wonderful intelligence and organization. She is amazingly responsible.  Dee is hard working and never shirks what must be done.  She seeks to live as your servant and yet the worries have continued to creep in.  Lord, soften the hearts of Dee’s creditors and let them accept her offer of settlement.  She has done her best, and run the long race.  Give her rest from this and grant her peace to plan for her future with your inspiration.

Remind Dee that you love her beyond her wildest imagination.  Help her to remember that she is exactly as you want her to be, that the skills and experiences are from you.  Remind Dee that she is a strong, courageous and very intelligent woman.  Help her to remember that with you at the center of her being, she can do all things.  Grant her confidence.  Grant her peace.  Remind her that with every breath she takes, she is taking in your precious oxygen and as she exhales, she is letting out spent air, having taken what she needs from it.  Let her know from the tips of her toes to the end of the last hair on her head, she has everything she needs to show the people she meets that she is filled with your grace.

Help Dee to remember that you are in charge of her work life and her financial life and that she can relax, knowing that all will work together for her good.  And if this job she’s discussed is best for her, let the employer offer it to her at a salary that will ease her financial load.

Extravagant Everpresence,

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You know your plans for Dee and we trust in you.  Remind us to lean on your strength and rest safely in your arms.  You have given us this world to provide our every need.  We have water to drink and replenish our bodies.  We have food to fuel our movements and our thoughts.  We have people in our lives who remind us how you are – loving, kind, and peaceful.  We have cars to get to where we need to go and clocks to know when to be there.  All comes from you and we are grateful.  Lord, I love you so much!

Through Jesus Christ, I pray,

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!

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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