Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 30, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . Pray, Have Others Pray . . .   (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
II Corinthians 1: 10-11 
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. (NIV)

It's summer and fire season again. This year it has become personal. Our son who lives in Colorado Springs called last night and said that the growing wildfires burning in the area are approaching the area in the foothills where he and his family lives. Fortunately, he and his family are in Missouri on a vacation trip, but the destruction of their home might be imminent.

As I listened to his recount of what is being relayed to him from neighbors and friends in Colorado Springs, my heart goes out to him as I can hear the fear and helplessness in his voice.
(Tom B)

Action Point
What can one do when faced with a similar situation?

Listen . . . let them talk. Cry and laugh with them. Remember who our powerful heavenly Father is, and what He can do. Gently let them know He is there; He sees what's going on.

"He has delivered us from such a deadly peril," in the past, "and He will deliver us again." Maybe the deliverance outcome may not be exactly what we desire, but remember He knows what the big picture is.

I know in my life, in retrospective, I can see where God has been in control. His results have been better than what I could have conceived. Share the stories, recall the Scripture verses that God gave you to sustain you through the hard times.

Pray, have others pray . . . "On him we have set our hope that He will deliver us as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."

God still does miracles, and as in our son's situation, the fires might not touch his and his neighbor's homes. 
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
On a camping trip, always make sure when you leave the campfire is completely out. The best way is to pour water on the embers, stir the ashes, and then douse again.