Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Prayer for All Widows

by Kelly Creason, used with permission
Kelly came upon this field of wild daisies the other day. Aren't they beautiful? She was just driving along and there they were! I love to find surprising scenery like this. It's one of the joys of travelling.

I'm looking forward to some travels in the next several weeks. One of the highlights will be meeting some of you! I know widows rarely feel fresh as a daisy like those in the picture. But the Lord sees them with worth far more than the lilies (and daisies) of the field. The prayer below will be on my heart for each of you while I'm driving. I've been devoting myself to the Psalms, the book of Ruth, and Philippians this year, so the following prayer rises from each of them, and especially from Philippians 1:9-11.

A Prayer for All Widows

Dear God,

When I bring widows to you in prayer, I know that you hold them close to your heart and are intimately acquainted with all their ways. Would you please help them to know and experience that truth, too? Help each widow to know that you have numbered her days. Death comes as no suprise to you. You knew she would be widowed---and you also know this is not the end of her story. Help her to see that too.

Fill her with hope and help her look forward to the day when she will once again see the good work you began in her. Help her believe that you will faithfully complete her and the work you are doing in her life. It's not over yet.

I pray that her love will rise from the ashes of loss and begin to abound more and more in knowledge, spiritual depth and insight. That she'll be able to discern what is best. In the midst of this sad and confusing time keep her pure and blameless. Fill her with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. May she grow in you to the glory and praise of God. May she truly live with passion and purpose, showing the world that to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Show her your kindness and rest, Lord. Open fields of opportunity for her. Surprise her with your joy, peace, mercy, generous provision and lavish grace.

May she stand on tiptoe to watch for your work in her life and eagerly look forward to the day of your return. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

In Your name, for Your sake, and by Your Word,
Amen

8 comments:

  1. Oh Ferree - beautiful words - thank you! Indeed it is not over yet - truly it is not - God has a plan - He only asks that we be still and wait upon Him and our strength will be renewed for the time He reveals the plan to us.

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  2. Thank you so much for that prayer, Ferree. I will use it to pray for other widows as well.

    And I hope the daisy photo will bring smiles to others. The fields were like a yellow carpet (you can see a swath of yellow further in the background of the photo).

    Hugs and blessings to you.

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. Thanks for the reminder that He knew I would be widowed and that this is not the end of His work in my life! Be bleesed!

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  4. Amen!!! Thank you so much Ferree for that beautiful
    Prayer. I am so blessed.Halima

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  5. Thank you for the wonderful prayer.I lost my husband only last month and while it continues to be a daily struggle, I'm thankful that our Almighty Father has promised that he will not forsake us.I've learned to let go and be more submissive to GOD's will. There is less asking why me and more of praising and thanking him for the many blessings in my life.May God continue to bless you.

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  6. Thank you so much for your beautiful prayer.Since the passing of my husband,i've come to spend alot of time reading his word and also spending time in prayer. While i miss my husband so much, i am forever thankful that GOD has promised to take care of my burdens and worries for me.Let go and let GOD take control cause he knows the best plans for you.Thank you so much again and stay blessed.

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  7. What a beautiful prayer. I have the names of 5 new widows in front of me to send cards to. Thank you for special words to pray.

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  8. Thank you so much for your prayer i lost my beloved husband 1 month and i realy missed,iam forever thankful for death come no suprise to GOD,and he has promised to take care of all our burdens.thank you so much and be blessed.

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