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In Which A Kidney Stone Happens

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, July 17, 2016

hospital drawing

In Which A Kidney Stone Happens

No one can say that I lead a boring life. Always something going on. This afternoon, someone close to me had a kidney stone. Again.

Yes, the pain was excruciating. Yes, I took the loved one to the hospital. And, yes. Everything is all right now.

But, how quickly everything can change. In just a half an hour, perhaps a bit more. Going from perfectly normal and pain-free to debilitating, excruciating pain.

I wonder. How is it that one little misstep can mean a catastrophic fall? Or, losing one’s balance can cause life-threatening injury? Or, a split second of inattention on the road can mean a multiple car accident?

I guess I go through life blithely, never thinking about ninety percent of the things that are near misses. I suspect the vast majority of people in the world are the same way. Yet, today, I thought about all of those times, all of those situations that just could have been. Catastrophic, or life-threatening. Even, the sudden loss of life.

Dear God, thank You for watching over me. Thank You for being a strong Fortress, my trustworthy Dwelling Place. I pray that You may continue watching over me and my family, and my loved ones. Lord, in Your mercy, hear my earnest prayers.

In Your mercy, hear all of our prayers. #PrayForNice

@chaplaineliza

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Prayer for Friends, Part Two

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, August 18, 2015

praying hands stained glass

Prayer for Friends, Part Two

It helps when friends pray for each other. I know. I’ve felt the prayers when I really needed them.

I’ve been praying for a dear friend who is in the middle of a yucky situation. Lo and behold, the Psalm chosen for Tuesday night on the www.dailyoffice.org website is Psalm 91. And, the first two verses of the Psalm are as follows:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, * abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
He shall say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, * my God in whom I put my trust.””

These two verses are enough to give me courage, and encouragement. “Dwells in the shelter?” That means putting down roots. Not just camping for a night or two. “Most High:” God = the Highest thing, spatially speaking.[1] “Abides.” Again, staying for awhile! “Under the shadow of the Almighty:” I can’t help but think of the rough terrain of much of the Holy Land. Shade would certainly be desired, especially in the heat of the day. Thus, the Almighty would be able to provide a tremendous amount of shade.

I hope God is listening. (Are You, God?)

Dear Lord, thank You for these wonderful promises written by the Psalmist in Psalm 91. I pray that all of them may quickly come true for my dear friend, and my friend’s family! While I’m at it, I pray these wonderful promises for me and my family, too. Lord, You are a mighty God. You are our Refuge and Stronghold. (The Psalm says so!) And, You are totally trustworthy. Thank You for hearkening to all of our prayers. Amen, and amen!

@chaplaineliza

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[1] http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/god-names-of.html