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Community Days, Community Prayers

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, November 4, 2016


(All in the family.)

Community Days, Community Prayers

A department store in the area has a promotion and an outreach, tied up in one. It’s a community days’ sale event, where not-for-profit organizations sell coupon books for a small amount of money, the store has a big sale for several days (coinciding with the approaching holidays), and everyone ends up happy. The store has lots of traffic, the not-for-profits get some donations and support, and the local economy keeps humming along.

So, I went to the store today to sell these booklets. (Yes. I did sell some.) I felt good about it. Surprisingly gratified, in fact. I was even complimented on my salesmanship. (I am not sure how genuine that compliment was, but regardless, I will accept any compliment gratefully.)

However, even though I was trying to sell these booklets, I couldn’t help but think of an older senior who is in the hospital. This dear one is recuperating from the procedure that brought this one to the hospital. My mind periodically shifted gears and thought about the hospitalized senior, loved ones, and the recuperation period ahead.

There are several other seniors in my acquaintance who need prayer. I remembered them earlier. In between times, I found myself wondering exactly what the several seniors were doing. How they were occupied, and whether they were doing okay?

Lord, I know I have specific people in mind. And, so often You bring them to mind. I have figured out over the years that You really want me to pray for these dear ones—and their loved ones and families.  I try to listen and do what You remind me to do. Pray for me. Pray for others. Pray for my little church, as well as my diverse community.

Community days? Community prayers, indeed.


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Comforter? Center Myself in the Name.

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, September 6, 2015

COMFORTER Helper Counselor John 14

Comforter? Center Myself in the Name.

So much to pray about today! So, so much. Even more than usual. As I used Centering Prayer today, I had a challenge to stop these other—quite worthy—prayer requests and concerns from interrupting me. Yes, centering was important. And, I have made the commitment to use Centering Prayer each day in September. But, all those prayer requests . . .

The word I chose for today was so fitting. (A Name of God found in the Bible. I’m using that for my word of the day.) My word—Name of God for today is Comforter.

I had all the listed requests to pray for from my church this morning. And, I also had several new requests. People seriously ill. People whose dear ones died. People in transition. And, that’s just the people close to home. Then, there are the serious situations further away. The refugees in Europe lead the way here. I feel for them so much. I am a mom. I can hardly even imagine just a little of what it must be like to have little ones and growing ones in such desperate situations.

So, as I tried diligently to center with the dear Name of Comforter, the impression that kept returning to me was that of coming alongside. Isn’t that comforting? Isn’t that what a Comforter does? (Or, at least, tries to do?)

I checked the reference attached to Comforter. (John 14:26) This word or Name of God is particular to the King James Version. The other versions I looked at have either Advocate or Helper. The Greek word is parakleto. One who pleads or intercedes for another, or defends the cause of another. That is more than just a Comforter. It’s so much more. I have a God who is so much more, too. Thank You, God!


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