Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 27, 2013

May 28, 2013 “Their hearts Go Out”

“And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.” (2nd Corinthians 9:14)

Blessed Memorial Day Dear Friends!

I wonder how many of you reading this post today has visited the grave of a loved one on this Memorial Day? Many across the land have gathered around the markers of loved ones who have laid down their lives for their country. Perhaps flowers or a flag have marked those locations, and most certainly prayers have been uplifted. Those of us who have lost loved ones, be it due to conflict, disease, accidents, or natural causes are saddened to think that we will no longer enjoy visiting with that loved one on this side of the “veil of tears”, but we are comforted in the knowledge that our beloved, if he or she walked with Christ in this life, is now eternally in the presence of the glorious risen Lord in a new heavenly home, prepared by the Lord Himself. We are also comforted by the prayers of our Christian family as their hearts and prayers go out to us. As Christians, we never stand alone in our grief. As Paul noted to the Christians of Corinth, “In their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you.”  I know that many of you reading this today have been comforted by the prayers of dear Christian friends in times of grief, loss, trial, and testing. As we lift one another up in such times as these, let us also lift up prayers of thanksgiving for those whose hearts go out to us. Today, let us remember with thanksgiving those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Let us remember their families and loved ones. Let us also give thanks for those whose hearts have gone out to us. May the blessings of God abound in your hearts. let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; How truly blessed we are to live in such a nation as this. How humbled we are by the sacrifices made on our behalf by those who willingly fought and died for our freedom. How thankful we are for those whose hearts have gone out to us through their prayers for us. Now we return that blessing as we pray for those we love who are near and dear to us. Hear our prayers for them, and accept our thanks and praise for your never-failing love and mercy. In Jesus’ blessed name. Amen

 

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