for some reason it’s been 3 consecutive days that we’ve learned of loved-ones who have great need of prayer. and that doesnt count the heavy stuff that was already on the list. last night I joked about what kind of phone call we’d receive tonight. I was wrong: it came in the afternoon.
so we pray, because really in most cases that’s all we can do. I wish I could do more than pray, but I was reading recently from an old scottish author, who said “prayer is the most practical and powerful thing in the world, for it moves the Hand that moves the universe.”
and yesterday’s sermon was quite good. here’s part of the passage from Matthew 6 as a reminder:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.