Friday, May 21, 2010

A Time to Pray

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). 

Earlier today seemed a time to dance for me.  There are those days that we are blessed to be able to smile and laugh.  There is a time for that.  But there is also a time to weep and a time to mourn, and often one time quickly follows another.

There is also a time to be born and a time to die.  And sometimes that time to die comes too soon, in our eyes, after the time to be born.  Much too soon.  In the past week, two of my friends have each lost their newborn daughters.  My heart hurts for them.  Even while I was dreaming of dancing, my thoughts were not far from them.  As a parent, I can only imagine their loss.  And I will be very honest, when my thoughts do wander into that territory of wondering how to survive that pain, I quickly lead them in another direction.  Even the imagined loss is painful.

So please, I ask you to take this time to pray for Andy and Jenn and for Matt and Cindy and for each of their families.  There is always a time for prayer. 

And if you would like for me to pray for you, please share your request.  It will be my honor to carry your burden.



Karen said...

Praying for these families and their great losses...and you are so right about there always being a time for prayer...heaven help us if we ever forget that....

Michelle said...

These families are now in my prayers. I pray that Christ would be their Rock and their comfort.

I also praise Him that you are so willing to be used as a vessel to minister to them and others!

Have a blessed weekend, Glowin' Girl.

Mimi said...

Praying for those families now. How devastating.

I'm stopping by to welcome you to SITS!

Rachel said...

I'll be praying for them right now!! Have a great Saturday!

Ozjane said...

May the Lord gather them in His arms of love and comfort and open their eyes to see past the pain to the joy that will await them one day when they are re united in Heaven.
I lost my ability to have children through surgery when I was 31 and before I married...and sometimes think not only of the earthy loss but of having no children in heaven either
I believe that we will be so occupied in Praising the Lord of Glory that it will not be an issue, but the first time I had to play for a child's funeral and I played "Safe in the arms of Jesus'
I could see the tears form in the parents eyes and I was in my late teens and wondered if I had done the right thing.....but over time I believe I did and believe they were healing tears. But it just plain hurts to feel loss, yet they are not lost, they are with Jesus.

Michele said...

Joining you in Prayer

Carrie said...

How burdened you must feel for your friends right now. I am so sorry to hear of their losses. Please know that I am praying for both families this evening! His grace is sufficient ... Praying they find comfort in Him!

"The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, ... "
Psalm 34:18

"He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds."
Psalm 147:3

Cranberry Morning said...

I simply do not know how people deal with these things when they do not know God. He is our strength. He is our Hope. What else is there.

Mesina said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear this. Our children are all so precious. All my positive thoughts are with the families, I hope they find a way through this unimaginable pain.

Stopping by from SITS x

Emily said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about their loss, and I will certainly remember them in my prayers.

Cristi said...

Wow, I will be praying for both of them.
This one of my favorite verses and I am truly enjoying your blog.
Cristi (aka 5littlecupcakes)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I am new to your blog and love it! I am praying for your friends. I pray they will find strength and peace in our Lord who will carry them thru this in the palm of his hands. Thank you for such a great reminder that we all need prayer. I hope to keep in touch with you. I am your newest follower! Love Jessica

Holly Renee said...

I am so so sorry to hear about your friends' loss. I will keep them in my thoughts!

Natalie said...

You precious angel, you. I'm so sorry to hear of these losses. As a mother of three myself, I can't fathom ever losing a baby at any age - it simply defies natural order of the way things are supposed to be.

I will be praying, praying, praying for your friends and I will be holding you in those prayers, too. As their friends, you will need to be there for them in a way that represents Christ and I know you will do it beautifully.

Natalie at Mommy on Fire

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