MEMORIAL DAY: REMEMBER AND PRAY

Today is designated as Memorial Day in America. I think it is important. This is a day to remember  those lost to us especially those in the service to our country. I like to also consider it a day to pray for those currently serving to be strong and to be courageous.

”Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”  (First Corinthians 16: 13)

It is often challenging to be courageous and strong. There is a key word in this verse… we need faith. When we stand firm in faith, then it is easier to be both courageous and strong. It is easier to have hope.

Faith is a gift from God. We may ask Him for the gift of faith to access courage, strength, and hope. He is a loving Father Who wants to provide good gifts to His children. May we always be grateful for His gifts.

”For true believers and followers of Jesus Christ there are amazing promises given to us. Jesus said, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’  (Mark 9:23). Let’s believe!”  (Rod Butterworth)

Please read past blogposts written for previous Memorial Days when you have time. In the meantime… remember and pray.

IN SICKNESS OR HEALTH: LOVE AND HOPE

Today I am sharing about a real couple on an unanticipated and heartbreaking journey. This day marks one year since a man’s wife had a stroke. The husband recently shared, “She’s still hereand I thank God every day.” I understand and relate to their heartbreak.

I also recognize his love that is expressed in thanksgiving for the blessing of their remaining together in sickness or health. This love not only lasts but often deepens through life’s hardest times. I believe it results from real commitment, and it gives me hope.

Even facing severe medical challenges and uncertain outcomes, with strength and help from the One Who joins couples together “until death do us part,” a couple can continue sharing a beautiful relationship. My beloved and I are experiencing such a relationship, and recently I learned another couple is too.

God bless you both, Mary & Christopher. You are in our prayers. May you always know love and hope.

[Love] “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”   (1 Corinthians 13: 7)

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13)

PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION: OUR ONLY HOPE

Today has been designated as a National Day of Prayer. Many people who pray will specifically voice prayers for our nation. I think most believers realize this great need and agree that our only hope is Jesus.

“Taking a stand for our country begins by going to our knees in prayer before Almighty God. Today is the National Day of Prayer, and for the past 71 years, Christians across our country have gathered on this day to ask God for His help. Our country is in trouble — we’re in a free fall, morally and spiritually. We need to pray for our families, schools, churches, law enforcement, military, judges, and our political leadership in Washington. I hope you’ll join me in asking God to intervene and turn the heart of this nation back to Him. We also need to pray for world leaders and for an end to the deadly conflict in Ukraine. The Word of God promises ‘the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer’ (1 Peter 3:12).

My father Billy Graham once said, ‘A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.’ He also called prayer ‘the Christian’s greatest weapon.’ I couldn’t agree more. The most important thing we can do is come to God and ask Him for help and direction. He’s the only hope for this world, and that’s why I pray in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ on this National Day of Prayer. ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need’ (Hebrews 4:16).”  (Franklin Graham)

A call to pray for our nation has been well expressed by Franklin Graham. His message says what I wish to share today. May we all use this opportunity to draw closer to our hope that is found in Christ.