A few weeks ago I was so ill, I thought I was dying. As I lay on my bed thinking this must be my end, I did as Job did, I prayed for my children and my grandchildren, thinking “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” I wanted all to be well with them should this be my time to enter into God’s glory. It wasn’t my time, and during and after my recovery, I rejoiced in God’s goodness, especially His mercy.
The last few weeks have been tough for a lot of us in the Houston Metroplex area. We have had to deal with Hurricane IKE and its aftermath. But, in all the circumstance of Hurricane IKE, God showed His mercy. For all that Hurricane IKE was, it could have been worse. I recalled Philippians 4: 4 – 7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Father, even in the midst of a great hurricane, You are there. I shall rejoice in Your mercy, Your love and Your grace. Let me lift my voice singing Your praises and always, always giving You the glory, the honor and the praise. Lord, You have spared me, delivered me, protected me, guided me, gave me Your son, Jesus, who died on the cross for me, and for that I rejoice! How can I not give You praise? How can I not honor Your name? Lord, You heard my prayer; You gave me and mine and yours a hedge of protection through the storm. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submitted via email distribution October 6, 2008.