This morning my heart is heavy, weighed down about many things. I know so many people that are unwell, that are facing a life threatening illness, or going through some kind of struggle. So many people, even within my own Church family who are carrying heavy burdens or grieving. As I prayed I cried and merciful Lord comforted me, by simply knowing in my heart 'He knows..He cares'.
I saw a lady at Church yesterday whom I hadn't seen for well over a year or more. She used to come to the womans group. As my own attendance at that group had been so irregular because of family commitments and my own health, I'd forgotten about this lady. We often drove past her house as it's on the main road and I thought to myself, maybe she no longer comes to our church or is away. She frequently travelled to England to help her family there. Then out of the blue I saw her yesterday, again at Church, and spoke to her while we were serving cups of tea. I said to her "I haven't seen you in a very long time". She looked tired, and said she was very unwell all last year and hadn't attended services. She actually is headed to England again for a time. It's not like we were necessarily close, but she is still part of the body & a sister in Christ. It saddened me that I never heard her name mentioned, as someone who needed prayer or even a visit. Maybe she didn't want people to know. Maybe there was more to it? People often stop attending church for different reasons. Some through sickness, a disagreement, discouragement or disillusionment.
So many of us suffer in silence. Many pray alone and never ask for prayer from the Church or don't want the body to know.
help me to be more aware of others around me
and especially who belong to the church body I meet with.
I want to heed the Holy Spirit's promptings when you place someone on my heart
especially who I haven't seen or heard from in a long time.
May I just do something.
Please forgive me when I fall short.
Help me to show grace even to myself knowing there will be people I forget.
Their will be people I just can't keep up with because my hands and heart are
often full to over flowing, and my health and energy levels hinder me.
But I know I can still pray for them,
and I know you Lord will minister to their hearts in
ways I cannot.
I know I can still write an encouragement note or phone them.
Those I can help - help me to just do something and not be so self absorbed.
Right here in my own little world I am your hands and feet.
Thank you for hearing my prayer, my heart, merciful, compassionate Lord,
so full of grace. ~ Amen
To close this post, lease enjoy Lindsay's beautiful rendition of this old comforting song: His eye is on the Sparrow.
It's for anyone who may feel forgotten in this world,especially by their church body. God sees and He hears your cry.
Blessings and Christs love to anyone who stops by ~ Linda