I have survived cancer, heart disease and deep depression but at 65 years of age I have never before seen what is happening to America.  I find myself discouraged with feelings of hopelessness for this country I love because I am not sure it will ever end.  COV-19 began this nightmare but our disregard to maintain social distancing, protests, riots, and an attitude that says “I have had enough of the requirements and am going to party” has brought it to peak once again.  And then there is the hatred, frustrations, malevolence, disregard and disrespect for one another, and senseless destruction of property making me wonder if the is the beginning of the end.  If so, God, take me home!

It is disheartening.  But we have a choice.  You can lose your faith and give up or you can grow your faith and pray harder.  Friends, might I suggest we prayer harder.  God is calling us to pray, to thank Him for what we do have and to come to Him to ask for help.  We do have things to be thankful for, even in the midst of the chaos.

 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:11-13

Folks, I picture the devil doing a jig to the Muppet’s song Mahna-Mahna  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N_tupPBtWQ because he has us torn up, worn out, sick with death and fear.  He’s got us right where he wants us – without words to pray, without a church to worship in and without family and friends to fellowship and share.  He’s laughing his butt off!  Don’t fall prey to his demonic plans – PRAY!

Pray, friends.  Pray harder.  Pray within your family and small group of faith-filled, COVID-19 social distancing minds.  Ask that God’s presence in your life be made clear.  Pray for your neighbors, friends, city officials, mayors, governors, the President, and those running for office and those supporting them.  Pray for the citizens in your towns, cities, counties, states, and country as a whole.  And here is the tough part, folks.  Pray for those you don’t like or disagree with – your enemies.  Pray for a change in heart, mind and soul in theirs and yours.  Yes, pray for a change in your heart too.  Fill your heart and soul with grace.  Find ways to understand.  Seek to be the brightest light in the darkest day.

This is a time when we must remember the story of Job.  Job’s story reminds us though we may be in the darkest valley we have ever been; that suffering and restoration are important parts of our recovery.  Let us not bury, burn, destroy or forget what our suffering is.  Rather that we will learn from it and be assured that we will be restored in due time – God’s time.

Job’s story is our story.  How will you respond to it?  Will you pray for God’s message to be understood in this story?  Will you grow your faith in God?  Will you pray with Job’s perseverance and his assurance of God that while suffering is for a while; restoration and recovery will come.

The Lord’s favor is for a lifetime.  Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.  Psalm 30:5


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Blessings for Health & Wellness.