Monday, September 2, 2013

Great Grandmother Stays at Home - praying.....

Sometimes, it just seems too much.
Sometimes, it just seems like praying is not enough.
Sometimes, it just seems.... just sooo hard.

Of course, PRAYING is our best and only defense.

Of course, PRAYING is the thing that must ALWAYS come first.
Before anything else.
In place of any other thing or act.

One of our precious ones lost her father-in-law last week, suddenly, with no warning.
To pneumonia.

Today that same precious one's very own toddler has serious pneumonia.
T E R R I F Y I N G.

Be still and KNOW... and KNOW... that I am God. That I AM that I AM and always have been and forEVER SHALL be.
The Alpha. The Omega. The First. The ONLY.
Still. . . terrifying.

The grandparents are enroute. 
We old ones ---- 'can only' sit. And pray.

We are, Holy Father, just Your human children. We are frail. We do worry. And fret. And toil.
Help us to trust YOU. Help us to remember the lilies of the field and how you made us in Your image.

The world is in trouble, Father. This one touches home. It is real. It is close.

We SHALL NOT be afraid.

        'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . .
         Do not let your hearts be troubled. . .
         and do not be afraid.'
Jesus Himself said that. St. John recorded it for us in John 14:27. I can trust it.

When all I can do is pray, I pray.
Times 29=

      ..... Grandson celebrates a birthday;
      ..... Grandson celebrates a birthday;
      ..... Great Grandson goes to college. For the first time Mom & Dad & Brother at home without him.
      ..... Great Grandson celebrates a birthday (first birthday away at college)
      ..... Granddaughter and Great Grandson tackle 8th grades
      ..... Granddaughters begin new years teaching new classes
      ..... Grandson begins another year in seminary 
      ..... New Jobs; dangerous jobs; old jobs; travel
      ..... New & different situations and challenges
      ..... Brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, moves, hurts, regrets,
      ..... In-laws to the above

. . . .and the list goes on. For each of us. But at the top of MY list is the one who is the most sick.

And yet . . . we WILL give thanks and rejoice and be glad.

But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who long for Your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”

And ALL the people said


       Because this one great grandmother could ONLY sit and pray.