Be a Light Amidst the Dark

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 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.


Comments (6)

  1. amen. Prayer and attitude change. Love one another and respect one another

    July 3, 2020 at 7:52 am
  2. We all need an attitude change, don’t we? Pray for peace and a growth in faith.

    Thanks for reading my blog, my friend.

    July 3, 2020 at 8:35 am
  3. You always have the right thing to say to life me up. Thank you for being my friend, for being a wonderful person, and for being a strong woman. God has blessed you, and he has blessed us by having you in our lives. Stay strong, stay healthy, HUGS….

    July 3, 2020 at 9:41 am
    1. Thank you for your kind words, Linda. I cannot tell you how I appreciate those words. Hope you and your family are staying sane and healthy. One of these days I’d love for us to catch up. Blessings my friend.

      July 3, 2020 at 2:32 pm
  4. In our darkest days of early covid, we saw the country rise to help one another. It was touching to see. Now the destruction threatens to destroy all of the good we have done. Makes me mad and sad. Enough is enough. Laurel Leary

    July 8, 2020 at 7:44 pm
    1. So true. It breaks your heart. It is my hope that those that want peace and order will rise up and shine a light to guide the nation. We must pray for God’s mercy and grace and faith that He will show us the way.

      July 9, 2020 at 6:14 am

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