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The Soldier

Tonight as I walked the dogs, I proceeded down a street I walk every day. As I continued forward, I heard the sound of a drill sergeant from what I imagined. I couldn’t make out the words because it was in the distance, but I envisioned the scenes I had seen again and again in movies. When I got closer, I noticed the all-familiar face of a soldier I spoke to in passing many times.

As this soldier sat on his porch swing, he looked forward, staring at the flags before him—the American flag and the Gadsden flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”). He shouted orders as he stared until he saw the dogs and I approaching. Then he apologized and confided that he got papers today—a red one and a white one. These papers are not what you are probably thinking; they were divorce papers. We spoke for a bit. He was somewhat incoherent. My dog was getting antsy due to an approaching dog so I told him to “hang in there” and continued walking. He returned to his shouting. I felt great sadness.

I ended up crossing the street and passing by again. We again spoke briefly. I told him to “take care.” I started praying for him as I journeyed onward. A short distance ahead were police—two police officers speaking with a neighbor. In little time they made their way up to this man. I continued to pray as sorrow began to weigh me down. Why did I not stay longer to speak with him? Why did I not pray with him? So tonight I pray, I pray for this man who knew I didn’t understand. He said it numerous times during his incoherent mumbling. But I know a God Who understands. He understands even the groans when we cannot speak. He understands all the hurt, all the pain, all the temptations, all the struggles. He understands it all. Sometimes I cannot understand but I’m thankful He always does. Sometimes I cannot find the right words, but He always has a Perfect Word. And I’m thankful that the weight I felt from the burden of sorrow I can give to Him and rest in His promises.

Please pray for this soldier. I don’t know his name. But God does.

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” – Hebrews 4:14-16 [MSG]

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The Yellow Shirt

It was early morning and I had broken sleep. I had not had my morning cup of coffee and I was walking not one, but two dogs, as Max was joined with his pal Marci. I felt like I was sleepwalking through the first half mile. I looked forward and saw a man in the distance sitting on a lawn chair. He looked jaundice. I immediately began to pray for him. As I got closer I realized he was just bald and he was wearing a yellow shirt. It was highly unlikely that he had jaundice. Then I said, “Lord, you’re probably laughing at me. I know I would.”

It was a good morning laugh. I was so quick to pray for the man and it was for something not relevant; however, I’m sure that God answered my prayer. The point that I want to highlight is the fact that I instantly prayed for the person. I don’t always do that but it is the best thing to do when we know of someone who is in need of prayer. When someone asks you to pray for them, do it right away. It does not matter where you are at or who you are around or what you are doing.

Prayer lists are great. I have one. Having a set time of the day when you connect with God in prayer is great as well. But there should always be this open door policy throughout your day where there’s no list, there’s no set time, there’s just you and God. When you are driving in your car and you see someone in need of prayer, pray for them. When you are on your work break and just saw someone post something on Facebook that shows a need, pray for them. Right then and there. Sometimes we put the list together and lose it. Sometimes we plan to take that list to our bedroom and pray before bed but we fall asleep with only good intentions that failed. You will feel better if you pray right away and at the same time, you will know that you took it to God first. It is always best in His hands.

“I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!” – Psalm 116:1-2 [NLT]

God Who Sees

The world can feel like a very lonely place. With technology growing, we have become even more disconnected. There are moments when you can feel very alone. It is as if no one cares. It is as if no one knows of your situation, your problems, your suffering, your pain. But that’s not true.

Hagar was running away because Sarai (Sarah) was unkind to her since she was with child. Could you imagine having someone give permission for something to occur, but then when it happens as one would assume, they turn around and act in disgust toward you? So she ran. She ran away. But God intervened.

God saw Hagar. He knew what she was going through. He understood. He comforted her and promised her a large family. Hagar said, “You’re the God who sees me.” He certainly is the God who sees and He sees you. He knows what you are going through too. Thankfully, like Hagar we can see Him as well! Today, reconnect with God, or if you haven’t connected with Him before, reach out to Him. He sees you.

“She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, ‘You’re the God who sees me!

‘Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!’”

– Genesis 16:13 [MSG]

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Prayers and Tears

This has been a very hard year for me for so many reasons but I can stand here today and say that I know without a doubt that my prayers have been heard and my tears have been seen. God knows what I have gone through and what I will go through next. He knows what you are going through—the struggles, the trials, the triumphs. He knows all and sees all.

When times get rough, you are not alone. God has suffered. God has walked in your shoes. Yes, He has walked on the same road as you. He has been there and He shares in your pain. He hears your prayers, each one of them. You might not see the answer you want. You might think perhaps He has missed hearing one because the results aren’t what you imagined. He heard it all, even what you couldn’t say with your own mouth.

I cried many tears this year but each one He caught. Nothing slips by. What comfort it is to know that He has seen it all, that I wasn’t alone. May it comfort you just the same. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. He knows your pain. He’s with you each step of the way.

“Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life.’” – Isaiah 38:5 [NLT]

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