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Thought For The Day 12/27/12

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Bittersweet Days

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May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Irish Blessing

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The days are much too short, as they always seem to be when the time to say goodbye draws near. But say goodbye we must, because that is the way of the world and of life. It is certainly the way of the human being who waits for the day death will call from the very first moment we draw air into tiny lungs. And while there is never a good time for saying those goodbyes, they are especially bittersweet during the holidays, when we all spend so much time in celebration, and when a time of sadness and of mourning seems so out-of-place. But all of the days of man are numbered, and those days are much too short, as they always seem to be, even when that goodbye is expected or even welcomed.

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Yesterday was such a time of mixed emotion for my family. We were mourning the loss of a family member…..my brother’s father-in-law, as a matter of fact. And it was time for me to speak. And even as I faced the assembly, the words and emotions were such a struggle. You see, the person we had lost suffered from end stage dementia, and it had been weeks and weeks since he had known his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. He had forgotten so many of the joyous things that had consumed his waking hours before being struck down by this insidious foe. He had forgotten his boat and fishing cronies and he had forgotten his 60th birthday when he was “Roasted” by some of his near and dear friends who knew him so well as a much younger man.

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What can you say during a such a time that would do his life justice? And then I remembered the place where he now dwells…..a heavenly home where there is no more pain or want or loneliness or despair….a place where each person is vibrant and safe and warm and alive. And then my mind envisioned him in a place where his fishing pole is always baited and the fish are always biting and I needed to smile, because I realized that he was not really home for the years he walked the earth. It was not until the moment that he was carried away on the wings of angels that he was delivered to his true home! Yes, I was smiling and as I spoke, those in the room smiled too!

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(Jesus’ words)

”Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

John 14:1-4 NIV

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During the up-coming days of a brand New Year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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The Robin Hood Relief Fund

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“121212” The Concert For Sandy Relief

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Call 1-855-465- HELP (4357)

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Twitter #121212concert

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Thought For The Day 12/09/12

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A Permanent Solution

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Temporary Problem

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“Drew”

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To  run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the  suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some  ill.

Aristotle

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/suicide.html

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Our family recently witnessed another November’s passing without being able to share it with someone we loved very dearly. Andrew, Drew for short, is not here because for a brief moment that has become all of eternity, he lost his way! Above is a picture taken of him on the day of his prom in 1996.

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He was as much a part of our family as were our own God-given offspring. We joked frequently that Drew spent as much time, if not more, in our home as he did in his own. To this day his mother and I are friends on Facebook, the miles a barrier to more personal interaction, and we exchange news along with Christmas cards. I have shared with her the things Drew will never know…..the growing of her grandchildren (Drew’s nephews), one whose face is like looking in a mirror at the face of the little boy I had loved so much! And Drew will never know Landon, his nephew if not by birth, then by love! All because he chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem!

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Oh but there were some magic words we could say……but there are none. The thing is that most people who choose this end really do not want to die. What they want is to stop hurting! And whether or not you understand the pain they feel, it is and always will be profoundly significant to them….so all-consuming, in fact, that they feel that there is no other alternative left but to try to numb a heart that is hurting. And whether the choice they make is to employ either a temporary or a permanent anesthetic to do the numbing, it is the those who love them and are left behind to pick up the pieces, that really suffer from that fateful decision! Now Romans 8:28 NIV says And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose, but I doubt any of us believe for a single moment that the permanent solution of suicide, serves His purpose for anyone’s life!

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At this time of the year when the rate of both despondency and suicide rises, remember that help is no more than a single step, a single prayer or a single friend away. Whether it be physical pain or emotional pain, the word of God can be a comfort for  those that truly seek a measure of comfort. Hebrews 2:18 says For  because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are  being tempted. And yes, while there can be comfort in His word, sometimes the time comes to employ some measures that are from the wisdom and mind of man.

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For those of you who are interested, I am sharing a list of some things that has been published by the Mayo Clinic, that we each can do to help! They are measures that everyone is capable of (and no, you do not need special training) until the time when professional help can be obtained. We are all capable of defusing a potentially life altering  situation. Who knows…..you might just find yourself the permanent solution to someone’s temporary problem!

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  • Encourage the person to seek treatment. Someone who is suicidal or has severe depression may not have the energy or motivation to find help. If your friend or loved one doesn’t want to consult a doctor or mental health provider, suggest finding help from a support group, crisis center, faith community, teacher or other trusted person. You can help by offering support and advice — but remember that it’s not your job to become a substitute for a mental health provider.
  • Offer to help the person take steps to get assistance and support. For example, you can research treatment options, make phone calls and review insurance benefit information, or even offer to go with the person to an appointment.
  • Encourage the person to communicate with you. Someone who’s suicidal may be tempted to bottle up feelings because he or she feels ashamed, guilty or embarrassed. Be supportive and understanding, and express your opinions without placing blame. Listen attentively and avoid interrupting.
  • Be respectful and acknowledge the person’s feelings. Don’t try to talk the person out of his or her feelings or express shock. Remember, even though someone who’s suicidal isn’t thinking logically, the emotions are real. Not respecting how the person feels can shut down communication.
  • Don’t be patronizing or judgmental. For example, don’t tell someone, “things could be worse” or “you have everything to live for.” Instead, ask questions such as, “What’s causing you to feel so bad?” “What would make you feel better?” or “How can I help?”
  • Never promise to keep someone’s suicidal feelings a secret. Be understanding, but explain that you may not be able to keep such a promise if you think the person’s life is in danger. At that point, you have to get help.
  • Offer reassurance that things will get better. When someone is suicidal, it seems as if nothing will make things better. Reassure the person that these feelings are temporary, and that with appropriate treatment, he or she will feel better about life again.
  • Encourage the person to avoid alcohol and drug use. Using drugs or alcohol may seem to ease the painful feelings, but ultimately it makes things worse — it can lead to reckless behavior or feeling more depressed. If the person can’t quit on his or her own, offer to help find treatment.
  • Remove potentially dangerous items from the person’s home, if possible. If you can, make sure the person doesn’t have items around that could be used to commit suicide — such as knives, razors, guns or drugs. If the person takes a medication that could be used for overdose, encourage him or her to have someone safeguard it and give it as prescribed.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/suicide/MH00058/NSECTIONGROUP=2

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It is not how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting the person who has it that matters and never for a moment think that someone who has expressed their despondency to you won’t act on the threat. That is a regret that has saddled me and my children every day for the last 17 years. So, just in case, why not jot down the link below for the IASP, and keep it in a special place in your address book or your smart phone! You never know when you may be called upon to save a life……perhaps even your own!

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International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Need help? Don’t know where to turn?

For information on where to find the help you need click the link below and then click on the continent where you live!

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

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During this most blessed season of the year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters  who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following group. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about this Christmas!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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Thought For The Day 11/27/12

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God’s Greatest Gift

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We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly –

Sam Keen

“To Love and Be Loved”

http://sayingimages.com/love-quotes-best-images-with-quotes-about-love/

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Most people, if asked what God’s greatest gift to man was, would be apt to reply, His son, Jesus Christ. This is, after all, the time of the year when we who celebrate Christianity welcome Him into our hearts and into our lives in a very profound way as we prepare to celebrate His birthday. And for the most part, that answer would receive no argument from me. You see, God sent His son to earth to pave the way for our Salvation and we must admit that there is no single thing that can be more important to the state of our souls than this. He reaffirms this to us in Philippians 4:19 NIV, when we are reminded “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Yes, through Jesus birth and subsequent death, we are afforded His promise, which is affirmed in John 10:28 NIV says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” And then I read my email today which gave me a whole different perspective of the matter.

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The email I read reminded me of something else. It reminded me of the real reason he chose to send His son to earth in the first place, knowing full well what the ending of life would be for him. You see, the greatest gift the Lord has given to His people is not the promise of Salvation but it is, instead, the guarantee of His everlasting love for us all. Yes, He loved us then and continues to love us today, so much so that He sent His only begotten son, knowing full well His son would need to meet a horrible end on a cross. We know this to be true from reading Romans 5:8 NIV, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” And in the way that mankind chooses to continue to love others to this day proves that. The Apostle Paul said as much in Corinthians when he reminds us that of all the great spiritual things a human being can do in a world that finds so many behaving in ways that are anything but spiritual, is to spend all the time we can exercising our hearts and sharing love which is “Christlike” in its capacity to care for and about others!

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This is the story that inspired this posting!

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It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderlygentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.

He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health.

He told me thatshe had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knewwho he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him,‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, ‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’

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True love…..”Christlike” love…..is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, and will ever be. The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. So as you gather close to those family members and friends who mean the most to you over the weeks to come, always remember that we are never more “Christlike” in our behaviors than when we demonstrate and share and live, God’s greatest gift of all…….LOVE!

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16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NIV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Thought For The Day 11/08/12

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Whither Thou Goest…..

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The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation.  It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity. 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

http://www.quotegarden.com/marriage.html

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Dedicated to the O’Donnel Family

 Declan, Siobhan and Neive

est 11/07/12

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It occurred to me just yesterday how close I have become to the spouses (and companions) of Dan’s lifelong friends. In fact, I am probably closer to some of them than I am to those I counted as my near and dear “BFF’s” from my own High School years! Now, to be perfectly frank, this is no ordinary group of friends we are talking about. They are, in some cases, people Dan knew from his neighborhood in Staten Island. All of the homes where Dan lived were built around 1954 and the appeal of the relatively “country” setting of Staten Island back then, lured hundreds of families from other boroughs, to Dongan Hills, Dan’s neighborhood, as each hoped to provide their children with a better life. Anyway, Dan went through Elementary School with some of them and High School with most of them, as well! We visit, attend special occasions with them and socialize on a fairly regular basis. In fact, one of them who lives very near us in South Carolina, traveled all the way to Staten Island, unbeknownst to us, just so he could attend Dan’s mother’s funeral services, which ended up becoming a blessing in disguise since the events of 9/11/o1, the day of her funeral, prevented us from being able to fly our daughter back to South Carolina to attend her college classes. This wonderful man drove her all the way back home for us……..just because it was what we needed. And that really sums up completely, our relationship with each of these people. Our friends. We are there for each other JUST BECAUSE it is His plan for our lives!

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I met my husband a hundred miles away from where I grew up and that is where I stayed once we discovered we loved each other and we knew we would marry. I planted my roots along side of him, and I never looked to return back home, except to visit my family there. You see my life was now forever rewritten as part of a partnership with the man I loved and that meant that even if Dan moved to China, then China would become my home, as well! Sounds a bit like Ruth and Naomi, doesn’t it? Yes, their story is entirely unique and totally different from mine, and yet, the ties that bound Ruth and Naomi’s hearts together are no different from those ties that bound Dan’s and mine! Because they are the ties forged of love and there are no ties that are stronger or more enduring than those that create a family! Our family. We are there for each other, JUST BECAUSE it is His plan for our lives!

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That is the thing about family (and close friends). They are lives that become entwined with ours by devotion and by love, and often by choice! No two families look exactly alike. They may be the traditional parent/child household. Others may be families where the parents are of the same-sex raising children together. Still others may be families where grandparents rear grandchildren as part of the family dynamic. And others are created by choice, born of people whose hearts yearn to include children and who make that happen, even where there are no blood ties. All perfect families. Family! All there and ALWAYS there for each other, JUST BECAUSE it is His plan for our lives!

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And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth 1:16 KJV

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Whither thou goest I will go; Wither thou lodgest there will I lodge; Your people shall be my people now, Where thou goest I will go.

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Entreat me not to leave you or return again to my father’s home, for the God that watches over all has commanded me to stay.

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Whither thou goest I will go; Wither thou lodgest there will I lodge; Your people shall be my people now, Where thou goest I will go.

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And where thou diest there will I die, and with your people be laid to rest; For I know the God that abides with you will ever with me be.

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Whither thou goest I will go; Wither thou lodgest there will I lodge; Your people shall be my people now, Where thou goest I will go.

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Thy people shall be my people now, Where thou goest I will go!

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http://youtu.be/XpLGVRfaR14

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations.

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The American Red Cross

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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 10/21/12

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Faith and Friendships

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A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. 

William Penn

http://quotegarden.com/friendship.html

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I don’t know about you all, but friendships are extremely important to me. Like family, friends generally don’t stay in your life because of what they can get from you. In fact, they don’t even stay because of what they can give to you! They stay JUST BECAUSE! There is no rhyme nor reason that explains why friends are always there…as integral a part of our lives as are those we are related to! And in thinking about the whys and wherefores of friendships, suddenly, I began to have visions in my head of Imelda Marcos, and her infamous shoe collection, which in turn, made me think about my own closet and your closet, as well!
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Think about the shoe collection that holds a place of honor in your closet. Now I am not in any way a shoe fanatic and yet, if I were to hazard a guess, I would probably have to say that I have at least 25 different pairs of shoes there. And not two are the same. Some are broken in comfy ones I wear when I do yard work or go our fishing. Others are casual comfortable. They are the kind that are perfect for strolling the outlet shops or local mall. There are others that are perfect for exercise which are the ones that probably see the least amount of daylight, come to think of it. There are others that are summer wear and more that are my go-to cold weather wear and of course, there are the ones you wear on special, dress-up occasions! All different colors, shapes, functions, but all essential to our day-to-day living. Well, although I hate to say it out loud for fear that I might just have to begin ducking  some tomato chucking in my direction, but our collection of friends is exactly like our collection of shoes! None is exactly the same. They are not the same size or shape. They do not do or like the same things. Some work full-time, some are retired and work part-time and some are fully retired. Some like to travel, others like to golf. In fact, with few exceptions, there are few who share most of those interests that captivate my attention every day. And yet, they all are as important to my life as is my spouse and my children. And it is because of our differences that we all have so very much to give each other as we spend those precious moments together!
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Did you know that someone has suggested that we all need at least five types of friends? They actually broke the list down into the following descriptions:
  • A work friend.  People who completely understand what is involved in the career you’ve chosen. These people spend a tremendous amount of time with you and when there is a camaraderie present, the time away from home passes more quickly and a happy worker becomes a more productive worker, as well!
  • A friend such as a parent of a child in your class or a neighbor.  These are people who are as invested in the part of your life that involves common interests and property but may not be people you choose to be social with on a more intimate level.
  • A childhood friend.  These people share and help you to keep alive the history that was responsible for your formative development.
  • A good time fun pal. These people are the ones you are comfortable having fun or sharing a common leisure activity with such as your bowling buddy, a fellow quilter or a person from your book club.
  • A straight-shooting, “tell it like it is” friend. These friends are the ones who dare to point out both your strengths as well as your weaknesses! But these friends might just be your closest allies because if they were not, their honesty might just be hurtful, on some level.

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Now as much as I must agree with the list that has been compiled, there is one friendship that was omitted. It might just be the most important friendship of them all because it is a friendship born of pure love and devotion that captures the best of all of the others and combines them into a cohesive and perfect relationship. That is the love our Lord has for us all and we Him! And yet they are so very different. His love for us is unconditional while ours is conditional, based on the state of our feelings and emotions as they exist from moment to moment. And just as the thermostat rises and falls as the seasons change, so can the love that man feels, which is why we find ourselves falling in and out of relationships continually our entire lives. Man constantly falls in and out of love. However, God’s love is not based on feelings or emotions. He loves us because HE IS LOVE, in its most perfect and ideal form! Not only is it the reason He created us in the first place in the Garden, but it is also the reason it was recreated and restored by a willing sacrifice made for us all with the gift of His son, Jesus Christ! And I don’t know about you, but this is, most definitely, the best and most enduring of any relationship I have ever experienced in my life!

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8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8 NIV

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

 

Thought For The Day 10/12/12

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Tickling Your Religious Fancy

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Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one’s bottom.

Taki

http://www.quotegarden.com/humor.html

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It has been awhile since I took a moment to tickle everyone’s fancy here, and since I have a special young friend who is recovering in the hospital from some surgery, I thought what better way to speed her recovery along than to share a laugh. Now I share my blog with her nearly every day and although I don’t want her to open up an incision by laughing, I would like to hear that she managed a smile today! So for my special friend (and you know exactly who you are) here are some “Ha Ha’s” to make you smile and just remember…..they are stories that you can tell in church! Cross my heart!

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The Inexperienced Preacher

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An inexperienced preacher was to hold a graveside burial service at a pauper’s cemetery for an indigent man with no family or friends. Not knowing where the cemetery was, (and it being an era before those navigational systems many people have in their cars) he made several wrong turns and got lost.

When he eventually arrived an hour late, the hearse was nowhere in sight, the backhoe was next to the open hole, and the workmen were sitting under a tree eating lunch. The diligent young pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place. Feeling guilty because of his tardiness, he preached an impassioned and lengthy service, sending the deceased to the great beyond in style.

As he returned to his car, he overheard one of the workman say to the other, “I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years and I ain’t never seen anything like that.”

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http://www.swapmeetdave.com/Humor/Religious.htm

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The Atheist and the Bear

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An atheist was taking a walk through the woods. ‘What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!’, he said to himself.

As he continued walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes. Turning to look, he saw a 7 foot grizzly charging towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. Looking over his shoulder he saw that the bear was closing in on him. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster.

He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear raising his paw to take a swipe at him.

At that instant the atheist cried out: ‘Oh my God!…’

Time stopped.
The bear froze.
The forest was silent.

It was then that a bright light shone upon the man and a voice came out of the sky saying:

‘You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don’t exist and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?’

The atheist looked directly into the light.

‘It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps, could you make the BEAR a Christian?’

‘Very well, ‘said the voice. The light went out, and the sounds of the forest resumed.

And then the bear lowered his paw, bowed his head and spoke: ‘Lord, bless this food which I am about to receive and for which I am truly thankful, Amen.’

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http://www.guy-sports.com/jokes/funny_religious_stories.htm

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Two Little Boys

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A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town their two young sons were in some way involved.

The parents were at their wit’s end as to what to do about their sons’ behavior. The mother had heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the clergyman.

The husband said, ‘We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!’ The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8-year-old went to meet with him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly,’Where is God?’

The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, ‘Where is God?’ Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, ‘WHERE IS GOD?’

At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, ‘We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it.’

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http://gatewaytojesus.com/humorouschurchstories.html

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“There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

Ecclesiastes 3:4

AND …

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

Proverbs 17:22

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 08/14/12

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The Wisdom of Friar Jeff!

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A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. 

Leo Buscaglia

http://quotegarden.com/friendship.html

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I am going to be incapacitated for a bit because of yesterday’s surgery and so I have asked someone who is not just my very dear friend but my colleague as well, Friar Jeffrie L Wallace who lives in Scotland, if I might be able to share a few of his writings with you for the next few days. And “Thank You Jesus”, he has agreed. So sit back and read and enjoy these words from a man who truly lives one of the most God centered lives of almost anyone I can think of!

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FRIAR JEFFRIE’s PRAYER

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written 07/26/2012

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Lord,

Make me into a tree.

Make me into a tree, so that I can shelter Your Children under my branches, and shield them from the harsh light of the world. Give me leaves of green to cool them, and dapple them with Your Light.

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Father, make me into rain.

Make me into rain so that I can cool their souls and bring them nourishment from a parched, cracked and thankless world. Give me the moisture of your tears, to remind them of Your pain at seeing them like this.

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Make me into a seed.

Make me into a seed so that I may propagate and nourish them with the food for their souls, in a world starving for Your Love so that I may give them the Bread of Life and feed their spirit with Your Knowledge and forgiveness.

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Father, I beg you, Make me into sand.

Make me into sand so that I can shift under the feet of this world which treads on your Children. So that I can make Your enemies slip, and lose their footing and not come near those You have sent me to protect from the destruction of those opposed to your Love.

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Make me into a Stone.

Make me into a stone so that I do not feel the pain of Your Children. So that I can suffer the buffeting attacks of Armies who seek to break down those who stand for You.

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Lord, Make me into wind.

Make me into wind so that I may whisper into the ears of those who seek you. So that through any wall thrown up in this world to keep those You comfort will still hear your word.

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Make me into a river.

Make me into a river so that I may flow around those seeking protection. So that I can divide them from the ones who seek to drive them from you.

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Father, I cry unto you,Make me into a Ravine.

Make me a Ravine so deep and wide that no bridge built by the hands of those who tear down others may reach those You have placed under my care, protecting them from the arrows of hatred slung by Your enemies no matter how far they have shot them from.

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Heavenly Father, Make me into a song.

Make me into a note so pure and clear that it is heard around the world. Give my soul a melody that sounds as of Angels trumpets, a clarion of Your Love to all who hear it. Make the note so loud and pure, that even Your enemies will cover their ears and run to hide from it.

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Sweet Father, Make me an Embrace

Make me into an EMBRACE, Father. So that every time love is needed, every time someone needs comfort, every time love is felt, It shall be Your servant pouring out the love You have sent to them.

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Please Father, Make me what You will….

So that I may serve You, so that NOTHING this world can send will deter me. Send me to do Your bidding, so that should I depart this world, Your works through me will live on long after I am home with You……

Amen

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-Friar J.L. Wallace 26/July/2012

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9) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1: 9 NIV

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6) Then he took them both apart, and said unto them, Bless God, praise him, and magnify him, and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live. It is good to praise God, and exalt his name, and honourably to shew forth the works of God; therefore be not slack to praise him.

Tobit 12: 6 KJVA

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