Friday, July 25, 2014

Tears of Grief... and Joy!

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be discussing happy and sad issues.  Issues that have brought me tears of both grief and joy.

Yesterday, was a very important day.

July 24th was when a relative of mine, died.  Audrey, was a lovely woman, who I felt very close to. 

She had been treated for lung cancer.  I had prayed God would heal her.

It obviously wasn't His will for her to continue on with life.  Otherwise, she would still be here on earth. 

I'm grateful that she was trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Because of her belief in Jesus, she will spend eternity in Heaven.  Thank You, Lord!

When her funeral is, I do not yet know.  However, knowing she lives in Northern Ireland, I won't be able to attend.

Even if I had medical clearance from my surgeon, it wouldn't be easy to make last minute arrangements to travel across the pond.  But, I don't, because I won't even see my surgeon for a check-up appointment, until the end of the month.

May all my friends and family join me in prayer for Audrey's family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

Another important thing happened, yesterday.

When I called my brother B, to tell him about Audrey's death, he let me know that he has been once again added to the transplant list.  Yes, you've heard this, before.

In the past, due to health concerns, he's been on the list.  Then, removed.  Then, re-added.  And again, removed.   Over and over.

Lord, I thank you for restoring my brother's name to the transplant list.

This situation does not help him in any way.  Not physically.  And, certainly not emotionally.

It is simple to understand that stress isn't helpful to anyone's physical condition.

So once again, I am asking that you join me in prayer.  This time, for my brother. 

Prayer is something he truly needs.  And, something we truly need to do, for ourselves and for others.

Just as we read in 1 Timothy 2:1-3, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;"

Yes, prayer is needed for everyone.  And, we need to be praying, for everyone.

Even if we are not happy with situations, with the person we are praying for.

Not only is this good and acceptable to our Lord, but you will be blessed.  Blessed, for being obedient to God's calling... or commands.

Please pray with me.  Thank you, my friend.

Dear Heavenly Father,  It is with both heavy and joyful hearts we come to You, today.  You are our God, who loves us.  You love us so much that You sent your only begotten Son to earth, to suffer and die on a wooden cross for the sin of the world, for all who will believe upon Him.  For this we thank You, and we thank our Lord, Jesus Christ, for His obedience, for by doing this, Jesus helped create your plan of salvation for us.  Thank You!  Father, we come to you, asking that you lift up my relative Audrey's family and friends.  Encourage them.  Help them through this time of grief, for we know that she will be greatly missed by many, including me.  We also come to you, asking that you resolve this health situation for my brother B, who needs you to provide complete healing for him.  Whether you provide a miracle, or a kidney transplant, it makes no difference to us, here on earth.  The outcome of complete healing is what is needed.  So, we're asking You to provide either a miracle or a medical cure through our good, but damaged medical system, here where we live.  We pray for other friends and family, who also need healing.  May You not only provide healing, but we also ask that You lift them up, encourage them, and provide for their every need.  We thank You for this, in advance.  And, pray this in Jesus' precious name.  Amen.

Until next time...

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