Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I Live in an Earthly Tent. Boy, am I Aware of That!
The analogy of an earthly tent, from 2 Corinthians 5? I have come to relate to it, so much!
I’ve felt an affinity for this analogy for as long as I could remember. Looking forward to having the earthly tent destroyed, since I have a heavenly home waiting for me? Some health crises in my family and in my personal life have impacted me, over the years.
These words of scripture hit home, in a significant way.
Yes, the verses from the beginning of the chapter of 2 Corinthians 5 were on the docket today, in the liturgical lectionary scripture reading.
The frailty of this human body came home to me today, as I had (and still have) a bout of the flu. Talk about being laid low! Yesterday, I was running, doing, traveling around the Chicago area. All cylinders were firing, and I felt on top of the world. Today, starting in mid-morning and just getting worse and worse as the day continued, I ended up feeling bloody awful. Talk about being flattened by a random virus.
After intermittently sleeping and tossing and turning for some eight hours, I woke up. Feeling a bit more steady and stable, I gingerly got up. And now, here I am. Documenting this awful situation. I know, it isn’t one tenth as bad as some people’s continuing situations. But, it certainly felt that way for me, for a while.
I do need to thank some faithful friends who were, and are still, praying for me. Flat on my back, mid-afternoon, I was able to call a senior friend whose number was handy—in my cell phone. (I certainly was not going to be able to get up and find a number!) She in turn called several others, and I feel so much better now. Still only tentative and wobbly, but at least I can sit up! And string sentences together in a halfway cogent manner.
Let’s pray, and come to God. Dear Lord, gracious God, I thank You so much for my health. Currently, generally good, and I am trying to keep it that way. Dear God, thank You for many people’s prayers on my behalf. I appreciate each prayer, and each pray-er! Lord, I earnestly send back prayers and gentle thoughts to each one praying for me. That’s the power of prayer, and mutuality, and positive connection. Lord, help me to continue to model this, as well as to continue to have a close relationship with You. Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.
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