Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for helping me get some good sleep at last, yet getting up early enough to have my shower and morning tasks complete before most everyone else is up and moving about. Thank you for getting my middle son home safely yesterday — the first use of Uber services within our family, and certain not to be the last, lol. Thank you for allowing my husband’s truck to limp to the nearby restaurant yesterday, to allow my youngest son to treat the family to lunch — another first! 😀 Thank you, Lord, for the growth that each of my children — and even myself and my husband — are making, according to your purpose and plan. Please let your peace continue to rule in our midst these last couple days that my youngest son is visiting. Please be with him as he walks and does his soul-searching or whatever deep thinking he performs while he’s outdoors so long. Help him to really see and know that he is loved and accepted and cared for deeply by his family. Help him to have a restorative experience of HOME before he returns to his base.
Ezekiel 36:21-30 ERV
“The people of Israel ruined my holy name wherever they went, and I felt sorry for my name.
So tell the family of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Family of Israel, you ruined my holy name in the places where you went. I am going to do something to stop this. I will not do it for your sake, Israel. I will do it for my holy name.
I will show the nations how holy my great name really is. You ruined my good name in those nations! But I will show you that I am holy. I will make you respect my name, and then those nations will know that I am the LORD.'” This is what the Lord GOD said.
“I will take you out of those nations, gather you together, and bring you back to your own land.
Then I will sprinkle pure water on you and make you pure. I will wash away all your filth, the filth from those nasty idols, and I will make you pure.
I will also put a new spirit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart.
I will put my Spirit inside you and change you so that you will obey my laws. You will carefully obey my commands.
Then you will live in the land that I gave to your ancestors. You will be my people, and I will be your God.
Also, I will save you and keep you from becoming unclean. I will command the grain to grow. I will not bring a famine against you.
I will give you large crops of fruit from your trees and the harvest from your fields so that you will never again feel the shame of being hungry in a foreign country.
Lord, it appears to me that your holy name has been ruined for my children in many ways, and most especially for my youngest son. I pray that you intervene and restore your Holy Name with each of them — show them how great you truly are! 😥 You know my heart, you see my longing and my great desire for each of my children to come to know you personally, Father. Please show me how to be a better example of your Love and help me to reflect You more accurately, so that I do not contribute to any further defiling of your name. Father, please open up the wellspring of your mercy upon my youngest son, help him to forgive and let go of anything in his past that still weighs him down, and help him to walk free and unencumbered into his future, knowing and loving and trusting You. Call to him, Lord Jesus. Please protect his heart and mind and body and spirit, Shepherd. Amen! 😀