“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” Psalm 30:2
“Jesus said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’” Mark 5:19
What will I cry out for today? Will I acknowledge the mercy and grace God has shown me … and personally thank Him?
I don’t need more possessions. I’m very comfortable that way. I am in reasonably good health – for now. I will need “outside” help to so continue. What I really need is more patience and empathy; freedom from fear and prejudice; an end of war; for peace of mind and heart when prayers aren’t answered as I had wished.
I will pray not just for MY healing, what the Lord has done for ME. But for family and friends; people new to our community and nation; people stranded in war, away from their homes and own beds. Those I deem dangerous? Our nation’s “enemies”? Prayer then comes harder. But I must not judge and pray for change in aggressive behavior everywhere including my own; for my own understanding of differences.
I will pray my own demons and obsessions be called out of me … mistrust and judgement, selfishness and indifference. If I just stop to think, these lists will go on all day long. I will have to pray all day long … digging up daylilies in my backyard; folding clothes in my laundry room; cleaning bathrooms; flossing and brushing my teeth knowing I will lie down in peace – and still praying.
I must remember to tell how much the Lord has done for me. Do I live like the nine, so glad God saw things my way, and go on my way? Or do I live like the one who stopped to thank Jesus for all he has done. That will indeed take all day long. Amen