Many I know find themselves facing giants right now. Three friends, contemporaries of mine, grieve the loss of a parent this week; one parent lived to 102!! I recognize the depth of their mourning, yet I find myself jealous, as I lost my parents too young. I became an orphan at age 41.
Father, I pray for my friends grieving the loss of an elderly parent. Comfort them with your peace and assurance that your ways lead to good. Help them to feel fortunate for having a parent to support and guide them into their retirement years.
Others have the giant of job loss. As time marches on with no replacement position within grasp, the giant looms larger and larger.
Dear Jesus, these people without a steady income are severely hurting. Some have to abandon their rental home for a camper. Others have indigent relatives depending on them for support. We know that you provide for the birds of the air and trust your sovereign care to provide for these in need.
Another group of friends faces the giant of disease which incapacitates, debilitates, and destroys. They find their future looms bleak and worrisome.
Our Heavenly Father, these people need you most of all. They find themselves fearful of what their future holds. I pray you will use their lives, and the heavenly light shed from you, to bless those around them. Reassure them you stand at their side and will never forsake them.
Help the rest of us who have bothersome problems and issues preventing us from exuding confidence. Help us to trust you as you have stated you will care for us. Help us to walk in your ways and to keep our eyes on you, Lord, so that our steps will be ordered by you. Help us to relax in our trials knowing the testing of our faith teaches patience which builds our character for your usefulness and glory. And, with trust, we will stop those giants in their tracks!
Thank you for your great love and faithfulness.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Listen to the Westminster Abbey Choir sing The Lord Bless You And Keep You as you trust in God’s goodness.