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Praying on a Rising River

Earlier this morning I bumped into a friend at the coffee shop. Asked me if I had a couple of minutes. Told me that his wife was diagnosed last week with brain cancer. Said they were praying for a miracle.

As I replay the brief conversation in my mind and try to imagine what he and his wife are going through, my thoughts go to the hundreds of thousands of people whose homes and lives have been suddenly disrupted by flooding in the Midwest. Today, with more rain forecast for the region, and with the waters of the Mississippi rising, am trying to imagine the emotions of river communities praying that the levees hold.

One report caught my attention. In an Associated Press article, writer Allen Breed writes that “Brian Wiegand, 48, of Oakville, was sandbagging the levee Monday evening near a drainage pumping station. He was concerned about more flooding as water began lapping to within a foot of top of sandbag wall. “The Bible says the prayer of one man, God hears,” Wiegand said. “Here’s my prayer: I ask for the strength of God to fight this flood, and I ask for the grace to accept whatever happens.”

Brian’s prayer reminds me of the Apostle Paul who had seen God do miracles, who knew what it meant to experience the help of God, and who had learned– above all– to count on the sustaining grace of God to face “rising waters” that would have otherwise ruined him (2Cor 12:8-9).

Would be interested to know how you process news that illustrates our human vulnerability.

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9 Responses to “Praying on a Rising River”

  1. desert rose says:

    The loss people experience overwhelms me. It is hard to wrap your mind around the devastation. I do believe that when these disasters are in our immediate area we probably experience them more acutely than we do by hearing about them in the media.

    I am sure the majority of these families feel they have no hope as I understand the majority will not have insurance coverage. As a child we lost my Mom, then the barns on our farm burned down, then months later the house burned completely down. Everything that reminded us of our mom was gone. For a child, I think that loss is overwhelming.

    I try to remember that it is not in this world where we should lay up treasures. But I would be devastated to lose my family photos and the few treasures I have received through the years.

    I do believe that we need to be open to God to see how he would have us do in the face of these losses we experience in our nation.

    Good to have you back.

  2. crpwme says:

    Pain and loss confuse me even though I understand that the Father has a plan. Even though I know that the ultimate goal is to be in heaven with Him. I have been blessed to have very little tragedy in my life but I am well acquainted with pain.
    I also believe that we have to wait on the Lord’s plan to fully unravel, but at times it’s easier said than done. I long for a time when pain and loss will be a very distant memory. I know my redeemer liveth, I try every day to draw strength from that. One day at a time.

  3. Bernice Brooks says:

    The USA is on the brink of downfall. If all of us who claim to be Christians would humble ourselves and pray, and turn from our wicked ways and seek God’s presence, perhaps God will have mercy on us again. A nation wide call to prayer is desperstely needed.
    We need to be praying that God will act to put the right person in as our next president. Sometimes I feel like our choice is the lesser of two evils.

  4. poohpity says:

    When we encounter anything that disrupts what we feel is our status quo, it feels like we just have gotten the wind knocked out of us or the rug pulled out from under us. We fall sometimes harder and faster than others but we still fall. In those times we can either curse or praise God. Stuff seems to always happen no matter what, that is a fact about life.

    When that STUFF happens to me, I sometimes find myself lying on my bed in a fetal position crying and asking why me? The same thought pops into my head, why not you. The thing I always find so outrageous is that eventually I always stand back up and press on. Then after the event I run into someone who is going through what I went through and I can offer comfort in many ways and empathy.

    I consider the life of Job or anyone else in Old or New Testament and find that STUFF has always happened, it is what we do with it. STUFF can be turned into beauty or garbage but consider that things will pass away but the person who is going through the difficulties needs to see the arms of our Savior they are what is valuable to God.

  5. pegramsdell says:

    Yes, like Bernice Brooks wrote, we do need to humble ourselves and pray as a nation (unified). It seems the hardest thing in the world to do. Even many churches are not unified in their worship or praying. That’s sad, (A three fold cord and all). We need to pray for each other. We need to pray as the Holy Spirit leads. There are so many people out there that feel they have no hope and so they come to Christians for prayer, and we know that the prayers of a righteous man avails much. So what’s stopping us. Let’s do it!

  6. BruceC says:

    For the last several months I have had “health” issues and can’t work. I have to appeal SS disability because I was denied(99% usually are). So wifey and I have to live on my small pension; but thank the Lord we have that with medical benefits. I have very painful degenerative arthritis in my spine and hips, and recently been diagnosed with a weakened heart and emphysema. But praise the Lord no cancer was found in the lungs. Everything on “paper” says I should have more problems than I do but when the docs listen to my lungs they sound good and clear. Day before the scan while walking my dog I meditated on God’s love and wound up down on my knees crying like a babe in gratitude to the Lord for His love. A word suddenly came to mind…”I have looked into the depths of God’s love, and could not see the bottom.” It is He that carries me everyday, gives me strength, and yes; heals me. So great is His love and mercy; and His blessings toward us His children.
    The other poster was on the money about our nation returning to God and humbling itself as Israel was commanded to.

  7. Jeph says:

    Looking at certain death from Nebuchadnezzar in a fiery furnace 3 jewish boys knew “our God whom we serve is
    able to deliver us” Daniel 3:17. I pray, should my time
    come and I stand in front of a furace, flood, illness or any other trial, that I will have the same faith as those boys. Praise God he is able!

  8. Hephzibah610 says:

    Our power went out for 5 days last week and our basement flooded (10 inches). It is not like losing your whole house as those further south did, but the stress and strain can surely drag one down. It was overwhelming and brought on anxiety, sleepless nights and some fear. I can only imagine what it might be like to watch your whole house float away.

    While I was sorting through piles of wet items, I sensed the Holy Spirit near by encouraging me (just as He says he will). I looked at the items I had to throw away and realized that sometimes our items seem to own us more than we own them. But as I was considering the loss of various items it became more clear that we are not to act as though we belong to this world. As I looked over the many items that we store and own, I kept thinking of the word “simplify”. I felt as though the Holy Spirit was showing me a little about the true value of “things”…and am reminded of the Scripture: Matt. 6 19-21 19. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
    “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal ; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”.

    I must admit that I am blessed that our photos (all but a few) stayed dry. Most things can be replaced, perhaps not the memories attached, but perhaps it is time to make new memories.

    It was a reminder of how transient life is and how important it is to invest resources (time, money, etc.) in the Kingdom of God. Truly it is the only investment that will last.

  9. Becky M says:

    Cancer has taken away many of my family. I get overwhelmed hearing about illnesses like cancer. I pray for cancer victims all the time even if I don’t personally know them. The same with other terminal illness victims. The same for weather victims and deaths. I get so overwhelmed sometimes that I just feel like one pea in a pot of soup. Then I just throw my hands upwards crying to God and say, “I can’t do a thing for these people God butyou can.So I may rest and not make myself sick over it.keep reminding myself that God will destroy terminal illnesses ad death and we will live gloriously without the memory of it forever with Him. God will heal even if it means that He will take us home. There is nothing that I can do to change or intervene, not that I would want to. His will be done for all as well as for one.

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