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Friday, July 14, 2017

Pray for Families (Valuing One Another)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Vacationing in the Eastern Sierra Nevada’s, I can’t help but be in awe of the beauty of God’s creation.  Majestic mountains, craggy cliffs, lush tress, waterfalls, lakes, streams, eagles, blue jays, and bears! But no beauty compares to that of God’s most treasured creation, man. Each of us was created as His masterpiece, precious in His sight. We are all one family in Him.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:28

Vacationing in the same location for decades, we now also have a “vacation family” as several other families have maintained the same tradition.  Just like any other family, we have witnessed and experienced the joys, pains, trials, and heartaches of family life. The catching of the “big one” (fish), group hikes, kayaking, potlucks, the passing away of the “patriarchs”, the unexpected death of a young adult, kids becoming addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, stints in rehab, auto-accidents, ER visits, a “coming out”, and a shared sense of community. Our experiences have bonded us, highlighting that we are all interconnected through Christ, whether believer of non-believer. Through it all, we have learned to not to take one day with someone for granted, for we are not guaranteed a tomorrow with anyone. We have learned that each person has a cross, and within a “family”, we need not carry it alone. For even as we assist one another, Christ in turn is carrying us.

So today I feel called to pray for both your own extended family and your “adopted” families. May the Lord strengthen, guide, and protect them always.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:15-19

Peace, Joy, and Love,

We are one in Him.  Let us follow His example.  Pass it on!