It has been a week.
Many of us in the Internet Monk family have had serious sadness and struggles of various kinds this week.
I would urge you to pray for Daniel Jepsen, Mike Bell, Mike the Geologist, and David Cornwell in particular.
For them, and for others who are close to many of us, this is a season of disorientation.
The Apostle Paul stated his goal in life in these terms: “All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life” (Philippians 3:10).
If we want to know Christ’s resurrection power, we must share in his death. We must pass through seasons of disorientation, which are an unavoidable aspect of life in this fallen world. They are also part of what it means to enter into Christ’s sufferings. The lament is the form of prayer by which God guides us through the wilderness and reorients us once again.
But this is not simply a matter of “me and Jesus” going through a season of life. We belong to each other and we weep with those who weep in these kinds of seasons.
Please join us in praying for one another. And, in your own life and web of relationships, be a little gentler and kinder today, knowing that those around you may be in such a season of disorientation.
If you’d like to share a prayer need today, feel free to do so and we will join together with you in laying it before our listening and loving God.
O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that
thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men:
Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom
our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy,
nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of
thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give
them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.