Our Faith Will Grow

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When we no longer carry the trauma in our eyes,

remembering

wrongs done to us,

forgiveness will flow,

and our faith will grow

so amazingly.

   

Poem and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

 

 

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He Wept

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“Jesus wept.”

John 11: 35

This is one of the shortest and yet most profound of all scriptures.

Why was He weeping? He was weeping over the jewel of a city – Jerusalem.

More importantly, He was weeping over people, people that in many cases had rejected God. They simply would not receive what He had to say.

But this was not only a problem of Jerusalem but of all people. Rejecting God is a human problem. Many believe He was weeping and praying about all of us. Why?

Because God always wants the best for us, and we are all, each one, His children.

Lord God please help us to love other people and have compassion for them. Help us to see people the way You do.

And Father we do pray for the victims of Las Vegas, and their families. Please bring healing, restoration, and comfort to all. Amen.

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

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“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;

praise his holy name. For his anger

lasts only a moment, but his favor

lasts a lifetime; weeping

may stay for the night,

but rejoicing comes

in the morning.”

Psalm 30: 4, 5

    

One of the wonderful things about the Psalms is that they are so real, speaking to us many times as if they know what we are going through.

There are times of weeping but fortunately they are brief, and in the end…..there is rejoicing!

Heavenly Father, thank You that You see the big picture. Help us not to worry, but to trust You, and even sing songs in the midst of the storms of our lives. Amen.

   

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

Bringing Healing

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“…where there is darkness, light; O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love…..”

from the Prayer of St. Francis

 Did you know that part of our job on earth is to bring healing, as we are able? St. Francis had it right, that what we should be seeking is – understanding others, consoling them when we can, and loving them. That’s not always easy is it?

But that’s why we are here, and that is how we bring light into the darkness! Now I’m not saying forget about the Gospel, but how much do we care about people? We need to show compassion, and sometimes preaching may have to wait. Because if we don’t show we care, they will see that very quickly, and dismiss anything we have to say.

Heavenly Father, help us to care about others. Help us to be in a sense – healers, bringing light into the darkness! Amen.

P.S. The rest of this beautiful prayer will be shared tomorrow.

      

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

Jews and Christians – The Hope for Healing

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There are so many tragedies that have taken place over the centuries, that it is sometimes strange to hear about the Judeo-Christian heritage, we once had here, in the United States. After so many centuries of persecution of the Jewish people, one can easily ask, “Can the wounds be healed?”

During the Middle Ages, Christians often kept Jewish people from many occupations, forced them to live in certain areas, and unfortunately murdered them. There are well documented cases, that on a certain date, at a certain place, Crusading armies, on the way to the Holy land, burned and wiped out entire villages of Jewish people.

One of the atrocities that was not uncommon, was for the Crusaders to pile everyone from the Jewish village into the synagogue, and then burn it to the ground, men, women, and children. Often, they would sing Christian hymns, to drown out the screams of the dying. You see, they thought they were doing God a favor.

Now you might say the people doing these horrible things, were not really Christians, and I would agree with you, but they thought they were. And more importantly, the Jews of that time thought they were.

So why write about something so horrible? Because I have found that most Christians have no idea of the extent of damage that has been done in the name of Christ. And unless we know, we cannot work towards bringing the healing that people so desperately need.

And we often talk with Jewish people, in fact, maybe some of you reading this are Jewish. Welcome to my blog. And when we do talk to people, we can be better prepared, to offer hope and healing. We can better understand the barriers.

Jewish people, whether they be secular or religious, know this history. My hope is that more Christians would understand it. May God help us all to bring healing. Amen.

   

Note: The Encyclopedia Judaica is an excellent source of information, or you can google the word “Pogrom”. Be careful though, many far right extremists are busy on the internet.

      

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