Monday, August 12, 2013

Prayer Pause

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We had no rain yesterday, and it is another hot and humid morning, , so maybe there will be no rain again tonight. I tried to get out and see the Perseid meteor display last night, but, although I saw the beautiful half moon shining brightly,and a few stars, there was also a smattering of clouds and I did not see any meteors. Oh, well...

I had an interesting weekend, starting Friday. Terry, my old friend, (not so much in age) called and after a short chat, invited me to meet him for lunch. So I did. It was good to catch up on what was going on in each others lives. I used to see him at Sawgrass pretty much every day, since he was supervisor, and Louis knew him even before that.

I also visited CVS to pick up a prescription. and asked about the Shingles vaccine, which I had a doctor's scrip for. Seems you have to make an appointment with the pharmacist, who will then give the shot. My appointment is today at noon, so it looks like a late lunch for me. I had the chickenpox as a child, so just as a precaution, I wanted to get the vaccine. Never too late!

I visited Sawgrass Park in the heat and saw a few people, with several little ones which the heat did not seem to bother. A flock of ibis was just moving slowly as they kept their heads down and slowly pecked their way to wherever they were going.

I was going to throw out some peanuts for the squirrels in my yard yesterday, but several ducks were moving toward me, so I did not dare encourage them by giving them peanuts. Sorry, squirrels, you will have to wait! But, God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

A coffee break is a good time for prayer!

Uphold me according to your promise so that I may live.
Psalm 119:116 AMP

When we pray at the outset of our day, our prayer is often for general guidance and help from the Lord. When we pray in the midst of our day our prayer is much more likely to be specific and aimed at immediate needs and concerns. By the time a coffee break rolls around, we have a much better idea of what our day holds, including what particular dangers, difficulties, or temptations  we are going to face! It is with that knowledge, born of experience, that this prayer of Saint Patrick takes on even greater meaning:

May the wisdom of God instruct me,
the eye of God watch over me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God give me sweet talk,
the hand of God defend me,
the way of God guide me.

Christ be with me,
Christ before me.
Christ in me.
Christ under me.
Christ over me.
Christ on my right hand.
Christ on my left hand.
Christ on this side.
 Christ on that side.
Christ in the head of everyone to whom I speak,
Christ in the mouth of every person who speaks to me.
Christ in the ear of everyone who hears me today.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving,
joy and love!

Love and hugs,