Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Honesty with God, II

I guess the previous post came from a place of being tired. Being tired of what I'll call "religiousity." My new made up word. Jesus came to save us all and we've responded by making some churches with walls in which people can come and be bound all over again by shame and guilt offered up by righteous "holy folk".

So it goes with our experiences with trials and tribulations. I had all kinds of examples to throw out there. Most were from my own life. But then I got this email from Jordan's mom. Jordan (whom I've never met) has a rare seizure disease. It's not going well right now as they search for the origin of the seizures in an attempt to stop them and save his life. That's right. Save his life. This family has shown more fortitude and faith than anyone I've ever seen...they have inspired hundreds of people, and yet....Jordan's mom talks of how terrified she was on Monday night.

Is her terror a weakness of faith, any evidence of doubt in our Father? Has she fallen short of her experience with God? I think not. Through her fear she has run to the Father. She has shown her humanity before all of us, and this prayer says it all. Please pray for them.

"I laid in the chapel weeping and praying Psalm 143 over Jordan today....

'Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications!
For the enemy has persecuted Jordan's soul; He has crushed his life to the ground;
He has made him dwell in darkness...
Therefore his spirit is overwhelmed within him; His heart within is distressed...
Answer me speedily, O LORD; His spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from him...
Cause him to hear your loving kindness in the morning, For in You does he trust;
Cause us to know the way in which he should walk, For he lifts up his soul to You.
Deliver him O LORD, from his enemy of sickness; In You he takes shelter.
Teach him to do Your will, For You are his God; Your Spirit is good....
Revive him, O LORD, for Your name's sake.... For he is Your servant.' "

3 comments:

bjk said...

I will pray it....thanks for the privilege...

Paige said...

I am in agreement. Lord look after Jordan & his family. Amen
Thanks for thinking of us. My beloved is ok (a bit of denial still) the 2nd opinion dr says start treatment now & is sending us to a 3rd opinion down at MD Anderson. God is still providing folks of encoragement for us. Blessed be the Lord!
Hope you feel better soon.

Karen said...

Thank you for your constant willingness to pray!
Paige, please keep me posted on your journey...I'll be keeping tabs on your blog and praying for you both!
Becky, per your previous comment...it's wonderful how we are able to help each other through our walks, isn't it? You have some incredible things to say! God working through the 'net! It's awesome indeed.