PRAYER When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship.  In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.
Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship. In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days. (photo by Lia Maria (c) 2009)

Lord God, the path upon which You set our feet is not easy.  Grief, sorrow and suffering accompany us along the way.  In moments like these it seems unbearable and it is as if a unified cry of anguish goes up from the earth.

These are the times, where human wisdom fails us.  Life (and death) do not make sense.  In times like this where the existence of evil is not far away, but horribly, palpably near our hearts break, for You created us to love and be loved back, not for the violence which seems to have overtaken us.

Yet, if we will stop the whirlwind of in our minds for a moment and pause from our spinning never-ending webs of useless thoughts, which lead us nowhere in our efforts to explain that which is unexplainable in human terms (because that which has occurred is something supernaturally, spiritually evil, played out on the physical field of life and as such, is so contrary to that for which You created us), then we will see You are still here.  In all Your majesty and in the face of the unspeakable, You surround us, standing ready at every moment to shower us with Your supernatural, inexplicable, extreme, supreme, incomprehensible comfort and love.   Because You are God and so superior to us, often the touch of comfort, love, grace and a little bit of healing comes from unexpected places.  Yet by in Your sovereign will, it is there.  Often Your love flows softly and oh, so gently through one individual to another.  One by one by one as we reach out to one another and let You minister to us through one another: a hug, a glance, a word, a look of understanding, a touch on the arm.  And by Your great grace through the power of Your Spirit and the guidance of Your ministering angels, we can pause, notice and receive it.

And through it all You point to Your Son.   Jesus – born temporarily homeless, and into a make-shift shelter deemed fit for animals, not humans, yet this was the roof You allowed over His head.  .  Jesus – mocked, scorned, put down by leaders of His day.  Jesus – criticized and plotted against by those who exalted their human wisdom above His way (yet they died and He lives!)  Jesus – completely innocent and SON OF GOD whom they murdered – executed – in a manner which today would be considered inhumane, and yet the One who rose showing by His sacrifice eternal life through reconciliation with the Father had been made available once again to all.  Jesus – the Master Shepherd, the One who shows us the way of life and is in fact the Way and the Life because He is the Truth.

Oh Lord, You lead us home.  Father God, You know the difficulties here and yet You never leave us or forsake us, Your eyes ever on the eternity You have planned for us which will be beyond anything we can imagine.

Lord God, You do not promise life in these physical temporary tents we call “bodies” will be easy, neither do You promise no problems or hardships, but You do promise to get us through.  You ask us to rely on You.  You ask us to listen to You and simply follow where You lead as Jesus did.  You promise what the enemy meant for evil and use it for eventual, eternal good – through the pain and suffering.  You want us to know we will need You to make it through our time here.  You want us to know You speak to us and make a way where there seems to be none.

No matter what is going on around us, You offer us shelter and comfort under Your eternal, loving, incomprehensible wings in a way which is spiritual, supernatural and beyond what our humanity can grasp.  You are always there, always ready to give us what we need in every moment  – even the most desperate ones.  Your love ever-flowing and Your victory over evil (which seems to win in the short-term) is eternal.

Our inability to understand does not negate the fact that You are.  Lord, with each passing day we know more than ever that we are nothing without You.  We can make no sense out of all that is happening around us – especially that which is so evil and wrong.  And so, Lord, we are relying on You.  Choosing to believe in You and seeking to follow You because You are all that we have.  In response, we choose to receive Your gift of peace and even joy in all circumstances, because in the end….You win.  Let Your love go forth, Lord, in this devastating hour in a myriad of forms which astounds the world and ushers in Your day by day healing.  Our eyes are on You. Speak and we will obey.  You are our only Savior and Lord. Thus You are our hope…. In Jesus’ name, Amen

humbly written out as heard December 16, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012

Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

NOTE from Elizabeth: 

REACHING OUT TO NEWTOWN, CTFor 4 years, Eagles Nest has sent a special gift book, called “GRIEF-Thoughts & Reflections” many grieving families of fallen warriors.  Now in this time of immense grief in CT, Eagles Nest is preparing packages which will contain a copy of this powerful book, which is suitable for children as well as adults (see link for sample pages http://www.amazon.com/Grief-Thoughts-Reflections-Michael-Everett/dp/0615158552/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355601064&sr=8-1&keywords=grief+thoughts+and+reflections+everett ), reverent, peaceful Christmas music, a coin of remembrance, inspired art by Danny Hahlbohm showing a child in the arms of an angel, and notes of condolence, prayer, blessing and support from you.  These gifts will be sent to one or two local churches. The families will NOT be contacted directly. Privacy at a time like this is so important.  We are relying on the Holy Spirit to connect these initial packages to the families, neighbors and colleagues in need. Initially 40 gift bags will be sent.  If feedback is positive, Eagles Nest wants to be prepared to send more.  Eagles Nest Foundation has been collaborating with Griefsource.com, established by Michael Everett (co-author of “GRIEF-Thoughts & Reflections) to create a special book for grieving children.  In addition, a collection of special songs which lift hearts to God during difficult times, is scheduled for release in approximately 4 weeks.  If response is favorable to the first shipment, Eagles Nest wants to ship more of the same, plus copies of the children’s book and special music.  Here is how you can help.  By all means continue your prayers!  Secondly, if you would like to write a note of condolence, blessing or prayer, to be included please send it to: Eagles Nest Foundation 231 Market Pl., #193 San Ramon, CA 94583.  Additionally, in order to send more gifts, as well as speed production of the children’s book and music donations are needed.  Currently donations can be made by clicking on the DONATE link at the bottom of yesterday’s blog post PRAYER in times of senseless death” or by mailing a check or money order to the address above. Donations are tax-deductible. (Thank you for your prayerful consideration.)

Through Eagles Nest Foundation which Elizabeth founded in 2007 she provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. Email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org for more information.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visitwww.holyspiritpress.org Worship music with audio clips are available atwww.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro on itunes and Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Fulgaro/14919192923?ref=ts&fref=tswhere Elizabeth also posts worshipful prayers and teaches how to turn worry into worship for more of God’s power in our everyday lives.

Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship.  In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.
Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship. In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

One thought on “PRAYER When Life Doesn’t Make Sense”

  1. (((hugs))) 

    >________________________________ > From: Nuggets of God’s Wisdom >To: alexjane2001@yahoo.com >Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:36 AM >Subject: [New post] PRAYER When Life Doesn’t Make Sense > > WordPress.com >Elizabeth Fulgaro posted: ” Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship. In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.” >

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