So many times we just go through our lives and everything is hunky - dory & BAM! you get hit with news that brings you to your knees in prayer to your Heavenly Father.
Yesterday that happened to me. Our weekend was relaxing as Geoff & I spent time together and got a lot done here and there. On Monday morning I opened up my emails from friends & learned some hard things. One good friend's father is close to dying. I knew he hasn't been very well, but didn't think it was this bad. The next email I opened was from a very close friend stating that her mother had attempted suicide-thankfully unsuccessful! I have met her mom & have spent time at their house & would have never suspected anything like this would have happened.
Both of these women love the Lord and are serving Him with their lives. I have no clue what to say to them. The distance is too far between us, so I can't comfort them in person. All I can do is just pray on their behalf. Pray for their own strength to get through these trials & pray for their families. Prayer is such a powerful tool to show God that we need Him, but many times we neglect it or turn our praying into rote sayings. I know right now my prayer life has been turned to a pleading for God's grace on these situations.
Edit: My friend's father passed away on Tuesday night. Thankfully he is a Christian and is cancer free in heaven! If you think of it, pray for this family. My other friend's mom is in a hospital going through evaluations and in good care. We're praying that a Christian doctor will take her case so not just the physical & mental aspects can be addressed, but also the spiritual.