Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Burden Drifts & Prayer Lifts

Have you ever had one of those days when prayer requests pile up like a snowbank in a blizzard?  Yesterday was just such a day for me.



It began early when I heard from a friend about her daughter. She'd received really tough news during her prenatal doctor appointment. Five months pregnant with twins after years of infertility, one of the babies has a hole in his little heart. His ability to survive is in question, as is the likelihood the 2nd twin, a girl, would survive such a premature birth should the other baby need to be taken. Heavy heart.

I'd hardly digested what I'd just been told when I heard from yet another beloved friend. He has struggled with a steady decline in health related to a fatal illness. Symptoms are getting tougher to ignore, and tougher to bear. In the wings, witnessing the whole of it, are his devoted wife & four children.  To him, the challenges of the illness pale in comparison to the hurt he fills for them.  Heavy heart. 

Then, as if turning on a dime, came an email from a loved one struggling with a family member who may well be having substance abuse issues at worst, and anger issues at least.. There's much clamor & confusion in their home - - the sort we all know to be the wicked kin of such problems. Heavy heart. 

Need I go on?  

I know you know what a day like this feels like. I also know you know what a great privilege it is to bear the burdens of others. And I also know you know that ONLY a great God with great shoulders is able to lift it all.

I know you know that sometimes, even, these very things are blessings in disguise.

18 comments:

Debbie said...

Can I ever relate to your day yesterday recently. Just seems like this whole season is soo hard. Hubby's back, my own health issues, my poor mom, my dying step dad, and now it appears as if my youngest son and his wife are going to lose their baby that isn't due until Dec. Soo sad. Soo much always going on it seems. And yet I do know how these very trials really can be blessings in disguise. Loved the video. Hope you have a good day....HUGS

Jackie said...

Oh Kathleen.....Days of a heavy heart have been coming fast and furious to so many of us lately. My heart hurts over each of your precious friends and what they are going through. I will be in prayer of each of them and you as well.

I honestly don't know how people plod through life without Him.....Our Burden Barer, Healer, Savior, Lifter of our head, Protector, Deliverer, Comforter, Faithful Mighty God!

Love and Blessings!
Jackie

Thoughts for the day said...

That is a lot to deal with and pray about, the babies I pray will be ok both of them. The other issues I hope it will be all good for them and that God will be merciful and just.

RCUBEs said...

So many need...So many suffering...He knows it all and He never ceases to invite those who "carry heavy loads" to come to Him. May the God of mercy answer their prayers. God bless you sister and I love that song you shared.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Oh what a privilege to take these needs to the Lord in prayer. What a blessing to have a friend/family member like you who will storm the heavens on their behalf. Sending lots of hugs and love your way; praying for extra grace for all.
Noreen

notes4neta said...

Love that song.. I heard it about 6 months ago and it spoke to me so strongly. Nice blog!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I have been in prayer for you and your friends, Sassy. It is a privilege to pray for one another. Keep me posted.

peace`elaine

Granny said...

Oh yes, what a privilege it is to bear each other's burdens at the foot of the cross. It does seem like we all are in seasons in which we have so much to take to the Lord. We are weeping with those who weep & are as Aaron holding up the arms of Moses ... my own family has many friends holding our arms right now as we go through our own challenging season. Breathing in Him -- one moment at a time ...

Just a little something from Judy said...

I recognize that heaviness of heart. I feel it tugging even as I read through this post. I consider it a privilege to take these requests before my God's throne. I want so badly to leave them there, but find so often I pick them back up and carry them with me. I love that you care so deeply and that you share so that we can pray with you. What challenging times we all are facing in today's world.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

When situation pile up and we struggle with how to pray for all the people and situation that are heavy on our hearts I take great comfort in knowing that even if I don't know where to start or what to pray for the Holy Spirit intercedes with perfection...

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Beth E. said...

I know, firsthand, how God can take terrible circumstances and cause good to come from them. Though we may be focused on our "here and now," He sees the big picture.

Praying for everyone involved, asking God to move in a mighty way for each circumstance.

Hugs...

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

praying for all
Blessings,
Bren

Peggy said...

Your post was a much needed encouragement today. Those "heavy heart" days are hard to bear. but we have a strong God who can lift the burdens off of us easily. Love and Blessings! Peggy

Saleslady371 said...

What a powerful video to display with these urgent needs. This morning in study time I was looking again at Gideon at his overwhelmed feelings and how God dispersed half his army and gave them the victory still showing forth His greatness and not theirs. May the Lord be glorified in these lives as well.

Denise said...

Will be lifting these needs up to the Father.

Debbie said...

Oh yes, I have days like this when friends and loved ones have such overwhelming prayer needs. My heart goes out to the woman with infertility issues and now twins with problems. Being a woman who was never able to conceive a baby, I think it would be worse to conceive and then lose the baby or babies. So sad ...

And then a prayer request that touched my heart too. Considering the reality of leaving behind a young family would be so heavy to bear. I am praying for this situation. God is greater than all of our needs and He has a greater plan. The family of God has work to do in stepping in and providing help, love, encouragement and support in this one. I know you are a blessing there too, even from a distance.

And ending with this song; oh my! We don't always get 'our list' of needs and wants. But God is good and there is a bigger plan at work.

Love you,
Debbie

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Know this well...January held deaths of love ones, a baby at birth, and cancer diagnosed...at one point I wanted to turn off the phone and stay inside, but I didn't, God walked me through as I went to the throne intercessory prayer.

Yes, Blessings

D.I.D.A.C.T.I.C. said...

Wow... I just happened to stumble on this page and my girlfriend shared that same song with me this week... she's also having a rough start to her new year with various issues piled up. However, though this life can get hard, we know that we are pressing on towards our heavenly prize and all of our lives, no matter how painful, will pale in comparison!