Midnight’s Constellation

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Eastern Montana’s McCone County settles in for another anxious night.  Possible dry thunderstorms with lightning threaten to ignite the prairie’s parched grass.

Once again playing lookout for any possible lightning-caused wildfires, Randy sits perched on top of the highest hill on his ranch.    Watching from his pickup truck with a full 500-gallon water tank resting in the back, he’s on patrol until dawn on this stormy night. 

Around midnight, the storm seems to be moving to the south and east, and Randy’s eyes leave the prairie for a quick moment.  An opening in the dark clouds allows him to view the midnight’s constellation, which brings a welcome break in his concentration.  He still has several hours to go until the early morning light will signal the end of his nightly chore. 

Sitting alone, Randy’s thoughts speak to the Lord in the heaven’s cosmos.  Opening up to his Father in prayer, he offers praise and thanks for the quiet night.  He also prays for his neighbors and their continued faith and perseverance. 

Suddenly realizing the time, Randy brings his eyes back to the darkened landscape.  To the east, the beginning of a new day is peeking just over the horizon.  Rubbing his eyes, he looks forward to a short morning nap when he arrives back at the family home.

For the first time in many nights, he feels a different kind of peace covering the land.  The latest forecast for the coming night calls for a bit of rain with cooler temperatures and little wind.  Amen!

 

Desmond Tutu’s Prayer

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The right hand of God is writing in our land,

Writing with power and with love.

Our conflicts and our fears, or triumphs and our tears

Are recorded by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is pointing in our land,

Pointing the way we must go.

So clouded is the way, so easily we stray,

But we’re guided by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is striking in our land,

Striking out at envy, hate, and greed.

Our selfishness and lust, our pride and unjust

Are destroyed by the right hand of God.

Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric and Christian theologian.  He is well known for his social activism in his native country.  This excerpt comes from his book, AN AFRICAN PRAYER BOOK.

Prayer Quotes

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Corrie ten Boom (Dutch-born writer)

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.

Max Lucado (American-born pastor and author)

Our prayers may be awkward.  Our attempts may be feeble.  But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.

From 1 John 5:14:  “And this is the boldness we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

 

Conquering Fears

From 1 John 4:17-19:  “Love has been perfected among us in this:  that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.  We love because he first loved us.”

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Bringing anxiety

Life’s darkness encroaches

Where can we always turn?

Father’s light approaches

 

Bitten by sinful grief

Burdened at life’s abyss

Time to admit these fears

Seeking truth to dismiss

 

Frightened by life’s trials

Being honest with self

True feelings now exposed

Finding Bible on shelf

 

Coming to our Father

Reaching out to His hand

Time now spent in prayer

God’s Word faithfully stands

 

God’s hand vanquishes fears

Lasting comfort and peace

Heavenly rod and staff

Salvation, life’s new lease

 

Father’s infinite love

Grace casting out these fears

Supportive hand and Word

Conquering fear-filled tears

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When fear begins to sink in, I pray harder, study longer, and read my Bible more closely.  God wants to cast out the fear and doubt in your life.”

Morning Time

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Morning arrives before sunrise

Blessed calmness comforts life’s soul

Taking time to honor Father

His Word filling today’s payroll

 

Morning stillness quiets life’s heart

Time for prayer-filled reflection

Hot coffee and conversation

Blessing now Father’s connection

 

Morning always starting like this

Creature of life’s daily routine

Sharing special moments with Him

Just with Father, our special scene

 

Morning time ending much too fast

Father’s presence felt all day long

Confident and ready for more

Holding tight to His faithful song

 

Morning will return, always does

Looking forward to precious times

Father’s Spirit, life’s alarm clock

Moments filled with heavenly rhymes

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This poem is inspired by my daily morning time in prayer and study with God’s Word.  This special time with my Heavenly Father has become more and more intertwined into my daily fabric.

Power of Prayer (Haiku Series #130)

Taking Time

Our Lord is waiting

When did you last call to Him?

Reach out in prayer

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Stepping Forward

Praying to our Lord

Sharing truth and promises—

Our life’s foundation

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Growing Faith

He shall answer thee

There exists no greater hope—

Praying to Father

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Forever First (Haiku Series #128)

Truthfulness

Prayer and Scripture

Witnessing His promises—

God forever first

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Holiness

Always will be mine

Choosing righteous, not wicked—

God forever first

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Steadfastness

Patience shall reward

Life’s faithful obedience—

God forever first

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote

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Jesus wants to pray with us and to have us pray with Him, so that we may be confident and glad that God hears us.

From Psalm 147:12-15:  “Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion!  For He strengthens the bars of your gates; He blesses your children within you.  He grants peace[a] within your borders; He fills you with the finest of wheat.  He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly.”

Reborn in Christ (Elfchen Series #51)

Grace

God’s

New covenant

Written on hearts

Christ’s blood frees us

Love

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Truth

Jesus

Teach us

Honesty and boldness

Trusting your faithful answers

Prayer

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Salvation

Hearing

His call

Running to Jesus

Casting away sin’s burdens

Forgiveness

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Charles Stanley Quote

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To flourish and grow, a person must be completely dependent on Christ for spiritual nutrition.  That involves drawing near to Him each morning through His Word and prayer and receiving His Grace all day long.

From Isaiah 55:6-7:  “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that He may have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”