Reflection by Deb Woltersdorff, Director of Children and Family Ministries
“… pray without ceasing.” How is this possible?
I am a firm believer that going through life with a positive attitude (seeing the good in people, trying to make the best of situations, looking at the “good” but not ignoring the bad, etc) helps makes even the hard time and situations in life easier. But….Always…without ceasing….in everything?
Today as I am writing this, we are bringing my mom home from the hospital to be put in Hospice. When you read this, I do not know if she will still be here on earth with all of those who love her so much or if she will be wrapped in the loving arms of our Loving Father in heaven surrounded by all her loved ones that have come before her. I am tearing up as I imagine that in my head.
The praying without ceasing has happened for me a lot in the last couple of days but it makes me wonder why I waited. I believe what praying without ceasing means is to make praying a habit. One that we cannot live without. Habits become such a part of our daily routine that sometimes we don’t remember when they began and we can’t imagine a day without it.
I think for me, and with all three of these demands from God, is to focus on “in Christ Jesus”. The only reliable source of Joy is Jesus Christ. The things we cannot control, our external realities of our lives will constantly be changing but our internal reality of having Jesus dwell in our hearts never changes. If we stay connected to Jesus, then I believe we will be able to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in everything.
Prayer: Father, thank you so much for loving us and being with us in all of our circumstances. Thank you for those times when I am weak, that you are strong. Amen
(editor’s note: Deb’s Mom, Pat Nolby, passed away early on November 17, surrounded by her family)
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