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A PRAYER FOR OUR WORLD IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC
Our Gracious God: We praise you for the beauty of the creation in which we live. We praise you for your goodness to us, your steadfast love and mercy and your unending grace. We come to you today in a time of fear and anxiety. We watch with sadness and growing concern the coronavirus pandemic affecting so much of our world. We pray for all of those who are ill around the world because of this virus and we ask for your healing power to be at work in their bodies and their lives. We pray for all of those who grieve the loss of loved ones who have died because of coronavirus and ask that you give comfort to their loved ones. We pray for all the first responders who are working on the front lines of this crisis: doctors, nurses, medical personnel, researchers and public health officials, and we pray for your wisdom, strength and guidance for those who seek to provide relief. We pray for the most vulnerable of our neighbors, locally and globally, who lack adequate health care, income, and support systems in this time of crisis. May we practice compassion and reach out to those most in need in our community to provide help as we are able. We pray that you will calm our fears and quiet our spirits. Remind us that you are with us in every moment; that your Holy Spirit never leaves us or forsakes us. Remind us of the truth that is our comfort in life and in death: “that we are not our own, but belong body and soul, both in life and in death, to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” Help us to love you and to love each other well in the midst of our fear and anxiety. May we continue to praise you for the goodness of your creation, the abundance of your love, and the peace we have that passes understanding through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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The Song That Brought Peace To A Troubled Heart

I want to share a moment in my life when I witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit minister to a heart through a song. I was sitting in my study on a Friday night about 2 years ago just praying, and I started to play this song. “Sometimes it Takes a Mountain” sung by Adam Crabb. As I let the words touch my heart, I was unaware that my daughter had brought a friend home with her. I just found myself rejoicing in the presence of the Lord.

As I sat there listening to the words of this song, I heard sobbing from the other side of my study door. The young lady was pouring out her heart to God asking His forgiveness. It was such a choking sob it caught my attention and I opened the door and started to pray for her.

As the song was still playing, I watched a transformation take place in this young lady. Suddenly, through the tears, a smile began to form on her face. She told me later it was if the weight of the world had been lifted from her shoulders. She said, “I feel the presence of the Lord in my life once again. I’m so glad I came home with your daughter tonight.”

Jesus took a song and brought peace to a troubled heart. I know there are a lot of troubled hearts out there. You’re wondering when this Virus will break. You’re wondering when things will get back to normal. Jesus is reaching out to you saying, “This is the mountain, the stormy sea, the desert. I am reaching out to you in this time of trouble. Turn to me. Let me be your Rock, let me calm the storm in your life.” 

I share the song that changed a heart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-24kkrKp1Y