Your grace is sufficient, and your glory is shown in my weaknesses, so I must confess: I am weak. I need you. I am dependent on your grace...upon you...upon your Son. I fail. I sin. Oh, how I sin! I cannot even see, sometimes, the fields of grace through the thick trees of my sin. It is me, Lord that gets in the way. It is in my pride that I don't want to admit that I am too weak or scared to even look upon those around me...around the world that are suffering because of the very poverty they are in.
I. Don't. Want. To. See.
Please, forgive me father for wanting to ignore starving children, children with out homes, or an education because it is hard to look upon that kind of hopelessness and despair.
Thank you Abba, Father for giving us David and Ernstia to teach us and to remind us to open our eyes and our hearts to see. Thank you because they are more a gift to us then we could ever be to them. Thank you for all their little letters and messages of hope and praise to you written to our family in their own hand. Thank you that they point us upward to you. Thank you for the work that you have done and the work that I know you will continue to do in the lives of David and Ernstia. You are good!
Yes, Lord I want these two to have food, clean water, a safe place to live, and a quality education that teaches them life skills. But more than anything else, Lord my prayer for these two is the same as it is for the four that once grew in my womb.....
Save them, Lord not just from bad weather, drought and storm. Not just from hungry bellies and unkind strangers. Not just from the poverty they were born into that can so easily overwhelm them. Merely let that poverty be a reflection of the depth of poverty in their souls. Use those working with David and Ernstia and every circumstance they find themselves in to point them to the Savior. Do not let them loose hope, but help them...call them....
...to find their hope in your Son.
~in Jesus' precious name....amen
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