If you’re reading this and feeling low, remember who is forever High. When you see yourself in iniquity’s mire and your heart is captured by this weak and weary world, remember the One who has overcome this life. Never forget you are defined by Christ and His righteousness and not by a meritorious deeds stick.
If you’re reading this and feeling high, remember who was perfectly Low. When you see yourself in pride’s grip and your heart is captured by fame’s vainglory fantasy, remember the One who is the only one worthy of great position. Never forget you are not the centerpiece for the Lord Jesus is our only peace.
If you’re reading this and feeling down, remember who could never be kept in the grave. When you contemplate that final breath at the edge of your days, remember that Christ has risen and so, too, will you for if you have died with Him you shall live with him forever.
If you’re reading this and feeling trampled by life, remember who suffered under the world’s hands. When you see yourself as a victim, remember the One who was the only innocent One. Our vindication comes when He comes again as mercy and death is metered out perfectly before the throne.
If you’re reading this and understand the Words of Life then join me now in praying for all of those who will read this and don’t. May the Lord open their hearts and their give them eyes to see. Amen.
Pray that those men whom the Lord has entrusted with the privilege, duty and honor of preaching the Word of God on a weekly basis, will actually do just that.
Pray that the lure of personal story and staged humor will be replaced with a desire for pure milk and solid meat.
Pray that proof texting to prove a predetermined point will be substituted with carefully derived truth.
Pray that sermons will come from dedicated effort in exegetical study done to the glory of God and not from psycho-pop drivel and mystic self-help manuals.
Pray that pulpit words will be fueled by the Holy Spirit and derived from what God has said and not from what they wish God would say.
Pray for the dismantling of tradition-blinders when it becomes an affront to hard and simple biblical truths.
Pray for the heralding of Christ as a real savior who really does rescue sinners from hell without fail.
Pray that pastors are not afraid to say the H-word. Pray for their courage. Pray for their humility. Pray for wisdom. Pray for your hearing.
May your weekly church gathering be filled with the power of the Trinity through the purposed preaching of the Scriptures. Amen.
We are thankful for our friends and family who endure our weaknesses daily as we learn to imitate Christ.
We are thankful for our spiritual family who must do the same as we sojourn in the bond of peace towards the new city of unending joy.
We are thankful for the government’s role in our community keeping us safe and secure and we are even thankful for its inefficiencies, for it gives us an opportunity to remember our own personal responsibilities. Our hope is not in princes.
We are thankful for the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers that have come to labor along side of us during a trying season of life.
We are thankful for the yearly cyclone reminders of who controls all things.
We are thankful for all who have donated goods and services to us and for those who have given to us monetarily.
We are thankful for community organizations that are not ashamed to serve openly under the banner of the living God.
We are thankful for the church.
We are thankful for food and shelter no matter how meager it may be for against the world’s standards the United States is still extremely rich.
We are thankful for having clothes to wear and clean water. We are thankful for liberty and the means to operate freely despite her receding glow.
We are thankful for your prayers. We are thankful for the Trinity’s unstoppable work in our lives. Thank you Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. May we press on till the final coming.