Good Folks, it is Friday, February 15, 2019. It is another day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. (Psalm 118;24) The following prayer may be unknown to you, but its author is infamous. Enjoy.
During the picking season my grandmother would get out of bed at four o’clock (she never used an alarm clock) and creak down to her knees and chant in a sleep filled voice, “Our Father, thank you for letting me see this New Day. Thank you that you didn’t allow the bed I lay on last night to be my cooling board, nor my blanket, my winding sheet. Guide my feet this day along the straight and narrow, and help me to put a bridle on my tongue. Bless this house, and everybody in it. Thank you, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.”
I cannot remember the day of the week but I will never forget the opportunity before me. I was at SMU at the Student Center area and waiting for her ride to arrive, it was none other than Maya Angelou. Wow. I was starstruck. The only famous folks I have met until then were Bishops of the church. So, I brought out my constant companion: a clergy pocket calendar and pen and introduced myself. Who knows what other words of gibberish I might have said to her; however, I asked for her autograph and she so kindly gave it to me. We parted our ways as her ride arrived. I walked back to the “God Quad,” aka: Perkins School of Theology. A memorable moment.
I preached on the topic of prayer last Sunday, using First Thessalonians, chapter five, verse 17; pray without ceasing. I have pictures etched in my heart of my mother praying at the kitchen table after reading her Upper Room devotional and her Bible. She always prayed for her children, she told me often. I knew she did.
When we pray, we often ask God for things: employment, finances, marriage fix-up, children’s health and the list is endless. How we begin is personally important, at least to me. I want to remember to be thankful and with a deep spirit of gratitude, regardless. Life is not always fair. The rain will fall. The roof will leak. The car’s engine light will come on. We should still pray and move on.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray as he teaches us today. Jesus prayed when times were great and just prior to his most difficult moments for discernment. His first words from the cross was a prayer of forgiveness for those who did not know what they were doing.
Today is another day that you have been given. What are you going to do? God loves you and there is nothing you can do about it. Go ahead, say a prayer. Your life will never be the same.
Let me hear from you.
Blessings from Duncanville,