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Dec 20

Lord, you see my fears, my hopes, my vulnerabilities. You see what I am facing today, and I thank you for what you have already lead me through. I know I can trust you, and that you are truly the only thing I need to be safe, and fulfilled, and joyous. I thank you for faithfully caring for me, this whole long and difficult life I have lived. I thank you for beginning to show me this year that family need not be a dirty word, and that I am not the outcast I once thought myself to be. Father, please continue to prepare me for whatever you have for me to do yet in this life, and please guide me in what to do for you today, how to best use my time for you. Amen.

Philippians 1:21-25 ERV

To me, the only important thing about living is Christ. And even death would be for my benefit. 
If I continue living here on earth, I will be able to work for the Lord. But what would I choose—to live or to die? I don’t know. 
It would be a hard choice. Sometimes I want to leave this life and be with Christ. That would be much better for me; 
however, you people need me here alive. 
I am sure of this, so I know that I will stay here and be with you to help you grow and have joy in your faith. 

Lord, I really do not feel like I am able to help anyone at all right now. Perhaps I am just discouraged, or lacking in focus. Perhaps I am just humble and feeling like the foolish little human I am. Either way, I am willing to live if you will use me for your good. I look forward to an eternal rest, and especially to a NEW time when I can labor endlessly, exploring all that I can dream up, and watching my great-grandchildren become grandparents — when your people live as long as the trees:

Isaiah 65:22 ERV

Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make.


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