Daily Archives: May 8, 2011
Well, we have just recently returned from the celebration for my mother. It was a combined one for Mother’s Day and Her 80th birthday which was a few days ago. It was a surprise party but the surprise was on all of us. The message from my brother said that it was at a pavilion/building at the local park from 11 – 3. As usual, Mark and I were fashionably late and felt bad about it until we got inside and saw that everyone was just setting up. Okay, no big deal then. So we went outside on the wraparound veranda and chatted with other family who were just arriving. My two daughters came, two of my grandchildren were there along with my brothers and sister. One of my nephews arrived shortly after us (the servicemen) and Mark and I visited with him for a while.
Everyone began filing inside to wait for my mom and dad to get there. Mom had told everyone that she didn’t want to celebrate her birthday – no party or anything. Well that didn’t fly with my dad because they made him celebrate his 80th a couple of years ago and he was bound to get even. The time started ticking away. Food was ready and smelling awfully good. We had not eaten and were pretty hungry. And we waited. Finally, one of my brothers called their house but got no answer. So we waited. Again finally, one of the other brothers called her cell phone – it was his deal to get her there in the first place – and she answered. He proceeded to ask her where she was. She said they were getting some of dad’s prescriptions filled. He asked when she was coming to pick him up ’cause he had been waiting on her. After he hung up, we found out what the whole set up had been.
Mom and dad were invited, supposedly, to his house for lunch for Mother’s Day. He had left his truck in the driveway and a note on the door saying that he was helping a friend set up tables at the pavilion for a gathering that he was having there and would she come pick him up and take him home so that they could have lunch. What a mix up! They finally arrived at about 1:20. After they did, dad told Mark that he was told to get her there at 2. I said that they should have called him early in the day to make sure he was aware of the time, I mean he is 82 this year for Pete’s sake. What a mess!
Beside all that, it was a great day to spend with family. I always feel bad because there are certain cousins that I know their faces like the back of my hand but I can never remember their names when I need to. We were half way home when I looked at Mark and said, “That’s pathetic! Sue and Maryann are their names!!” He looked at me real puzzled and said, “Who are you talking about?” I answered, “My two cousins who were talking to us from the table in back of ours!” He just shook his head and laughed at me. But really, those are long-term memories and shouldn’t be subject to my memory loss problems. It is the pits when I do that and I always feel guilty about it later. Especially about those two! But they don’t know any difference, I hope.
I hope everyone had as good a day as we did and a Happy Mother’s Day. The love of family is like no other. The love of friends is great but nothing beats family. But then again, in Christ we are all brothers and sisters are we not? Until later…
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
Peace be with you,
He became a pastor. He started a church in his home town. He used whatever technology he could to get God’s message to as many as he possibly could. Then he started a school to train others to do the same, starting first with young kids, then expanding to a college, then on to a full-fledged university.
My wife and I talked with a woman who was at that first prayer meeting, and who showed us a picture of it, as they gathered near a barn on the hillside to pray for this vision to become a reality. My wife was overcome with tears and we began to pray right there, too, thanking God for the many prayers of faith and battles in the flesh–including surviving financial threats to the school and death threats on his family–and which resulted in a school that has had such an impact around the world, and even on our own family, as our daughter just finished her second year there.
In his own words, the founder said, “Nothing of eternal significance ever happens apart from prayer.”
Do your prayers make a difference? You bet they do. They ripple throughout eternity. They outlast even your own breath. And they touch the lives of people you know and people you may never even meet this side of heaven.
The Bible says: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b). You are righteous, in God’s sight, if you’ve put your faith in Christ. And when you pray, your prayers are powerful and effective.
When you pray, God may call you to the other side of the world. Or He may call you to stay right where you are and make a difference throughout the world from there.
Either, way, or somewhere in between, trust that God will use your prayers in a powerful and effective way. Don’t give in to the temptation to think that your prayers aren’t being heard. Even Daniel the prophet didn’t see the effect of his prayers right away, but God heard them and began to act on them the moment Daniel uttered them. As the angel Gabriel told Daniel later:
“Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Daniel 10:12b).
Your prayers matter. And God wants you to pray them with your whole heart, believing that He will answer them, because He will. He loves you, and He loves those around you even more than you do! He wants you to pray and He wants you to see those prayers answered, too.
Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep trusting that God loves you, is for you, and will answer the prayers that you ask of Him today.
Father, thank You for hearing our prayers and answering them. Thank you for the stories we’ve heard about answered prayer both in the Bible and from today, and help us to pray in a way that is powerful and effective too. Hear our prayers again today, and may Your answers to them ripple throughout eternity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Scripture: Daniel 10