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Nothing More Than a Prayer


Dear Father…


I was just reading in your Word how you are close to the brokenhearted…


The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18


I'm counting on that! As I sat in church Sunday morning, gazing at our church family, I could see broken-heartedness etched into every face, every teardrop. We lost such a dear friend this weekend….one of us. When he died, a part of each one of us died with him. It hurts! You knit us all together for a reason. Now we all grieve at the loss of a part of ourselves. This closeness is the body of Christ, as you intended.


But this closeness hurts.


This brother in Christ was a good man. He loved you, Father. Of course you know that. He is gazing at You now. He is sitting at Your feet, in praise and worship.


But we are here, lonely without him. His family is devastated without him. His church family is, too.


This is one of those times when we must trust You, isn't it? Whether we understand or not?


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:5


This is one of those times when you remind us that we have each other. What a gift a church family is! It surpasses all blood relation or obligation. It is a blessing to be linked with these people. Thank you for that. Even in the grief and sorrow, I wouldn't trade where we are. I would rather be right here, crying with these brokenhearted believers than anywhere else on earth. This is where we belong.


Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves…
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Romans 12


Help me to be a blessing to this grieving family, Father. I remember in Exodus when the Israelites were fighting the Amalekites. It seemed like an impossible battle! How could the Israelites ever win it? They were not soldiers, they were former slaves! Brick makers! Hole diggers! How would they win against such a violent, war-thirsty people?


But while Joshua was fighting the battle with these rag-tag Israelite soldiers, Moses was standing on top of a hill. He had the staff of God in his hands and kept his arms raised before the Lord, interceding for the people of God. But it was a daunting task! His arms grew tired -- muscles twitching and lowering in heaviness and exhaustion! You know, don't you Father? You were there. You knew what Moses needed. He needed the support of his brothers -- one was his physical brother -- the other just a brother in the faith.


When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it.
Aaron and Hur held his hands up -- one on one side, one on the other --

so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword!


You were there, teaching Your people to stand firm together, to support one another, to fight the battle together…


…to be victorious!


Help us to stand, Father. When this family grows weary from grief, too tired to fight the battle, remind us to be there for them. Remind us to hold up their arms for them when they feel the heaviness and exhaustion. Help us to remember that…

Two are better than one…
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has not one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Thank You, Father, that we have each other. This body of believers is rare -- a priceless gift. Never let us forget that we are here for each other.


And thank You, Father, that we have You.


For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them.
Matthew 18:20




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