>Are You "Someone"? Am I?

>Peanuts

I recall several verses as I read Snoopy’s sigh…

And I ask myself…am I watching for people in my sphere of influence who need a word of encouragement, twenty bucks, a prayer, whatever?

Too many have “no one.”

Consider:

Deu 28.29: “…day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.”

2 Sam 22.42:  “They cried for help, but there was no one to save them…”

2 Ki 14.26: “The Lord had seen how bitterly everyone in Israel, whether slave or free, was suffering; there was no one to help them.”

Ps 22.11: “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near, and there is no one to help.”

Ps 142.4: “Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.”

Here’s a challenge: Is there anyone in your sphere of influence who appears to have no one? Will you be one?

On the other hand, at this time of Thanksgiving, does God bring to your mind someone who came alongside you when you felt there was no one? Maybe it’s time to remind them how much you appreciated their help?

>Thanking When It is Tough to Do

>A great prayer from SCOTTY SMITH

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
 
     Lord Jesus, how I praise you that we don’t have to fake, stuff, or spin anything. The gospel puts an end to many things, including posing and pretending. That’s why the call to perpetual joy, prayer and thankfulness doesn’t mock our sensibilities and stoke our incredulity.

     In fact these very words—this trio of commands were written by a man who had every right in the world to question your goodness… doubt your promises…  and struggle with your providences (2 Corinthians 11:16-33). So who’s better positioned—who can be more trusted than Paul to deliver such a difficult calling?

     Jesus, our prayer today is for our friends and family members for whom life is a crucible of body and heart aches. The call to giving thanks is more difficult than usual. I pray for the chronic sufferers I know and love—those for whom life feels like a never-ending saga—a bottomless pit of  physical, emotional or mental pain. Their weariness is palpable. I understand the mounting frustrations and their intensified cry, “How long, O Lord?”

     Jesus, may your joy be their strength, for they have very little. May your prayer life be their encouragement, for theirs is nearly non-existent. May your thankfulness before the Father be mediated to their hearts… when it would be easier for them to curse than to praise… to disbelieve than hope…  to run away rather than run to you.

     Jesus, I also pray for those for whom the greatest pain is relational. Marriages and families which are in meltdown and breakdown… those for whom Thanksgiving will be spent at a table set for one… friendships broken by sin, strained by disagreement, weakened by neglect.

     Jesus, come in power and kindness, with your redeeming and transforming love. How might we be a part of your answer this very prayer? Extend your tear wiping hand through us to our family and friends this Thanksgiving week. So very Amen, we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.