On February 22, 2022, I had the honor of giving a message for the Tuesday Morning Bible Study at my church on Matthew chapters 8 and 9. Here is a written version of my message or you may watch the video.
Pray like this.
Goodbyes said to guests. Linens washed. Christmas decorations taken down and stored. Fridge restocked. Time to organize myself and my new year. Set up a planner. Select a journal. Reflect on the previous year and the new one. And choose a word for the year.
I'm praying for you, my friends and readers. Happy New Year!
Prayers of Lament adapted from Psalm 34 for Afghanistan
As a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea, I loved to sit in the creek near our village home and play with the multi-colored rocks. While the rapids swirled around me, their roar drowning out my voice, I sang at the top of my lungs, "This world is not my home." This song kept me grounded when I wasn't sure where my home was, but I never recognized the importance of keeping heaven in my sights—until I studied Jude's short letter.
“Cancer, most likely stage four,” announced the email. Since older women compose the majority of my Bible study group, a notification of someone’s hospitalization was not unusual. But this one? She seemed too young, healthy, and vibrant.
I feel a new weight of responsibility, a heaviness. This confuses me since life is marching along quite well at this time.