What a weekend...
& it was a typical weekend
... the hectic schedule I had ... as usual...
... a fun run I got to do... which lived up to its name
... friendships I got to enjoy.... which I so enjoyed completely
... a bridal shower I got to go to. .. which held so much celebration
... watching the Tony Awards... which makes me love Broadway even more every time
... knee pain & vertigo I had to deal with ... which had me spinning
... heat & humidity that has kicked in... which had my face feel like it was melting off
... sitting aside helplessly & watch my husband in pain with his hernia... which I watched all weekend long with sadness
... but this weekend held something else. We were all reminded, once again, how messed up our world is right now.
I woke up Sunday morning to see the world news broken in the regular schedule talking about a shooting.
Another stupid shooting.
The words 'terrorism" being used. "Hate crime" being used.
"Stupid" "Ignorant" "Pathetic" - those are the words I'd used.
"Heart breaking" "Sad" "useless" "senseless" ... so many words come to my mind really.
Something like that takes the winds out of a sail for anyone's weekend, I think.
It makes you stop & realize how a day is not promised.
How there is evil in this world.
A reminder to enjoy every day - enjoy life, love, family, friends.
As much as my weekend was full of so much of all those things mentioned, something about the weekend stood out to me more yesterday above all.
We were at church Sunday ... & mercy, I love our church. At the end of the service though, they decide to close it differently & they called up the leaders & ministers & elders of the church & had them stand with their spouses at the front & it was just a call for prayer. Anything anyone wanted to pray for, just come up & go to one of those people & just pray.
... about family, finances, about health issues, about life, hardships, decisions... whatever you felt like you need prayer for.
The first thing I thought of was my sweet precious blog friend Caroline who just spoke about being at a women's conference & said when they offered prayer, she went down because she never passes up the opportunity to have prayers lifted for her journey in infertility. I loved that thought. Why would anyone pass up that chance to have someone pray for them? To have others lift up your name to God's ears?
& the music started Sunday in our church & the people did indeed start coming down & praying with our church leaders.
We sit in the front row of church - mainly because I like my leg room & get really claustrophobic in those tiny aisles - but it was a front row seat to see arms around each other & to see people coming up just surrendering their concerns before the Lord with others.
It's a beautiful thing to watch & see... .all the while we were singing worship to our Savior.
& we made it through the first song & headed into only the 2nd song & the crowds slowed down.
I even asked Ricky if he wanted to go up & ask for prayer about his upcoming surgery & he said he was praying where he was at, he was good.
& I of course could have gone up myself, because who DOESN'T have something they pray about every day? ...but I too stood my ground.
They left it open for anyone to come over a period of time while dismissing the crowds & I looked over at my friend & said, "You know, really, every single person in this room should have been down here praying"... but we don't. We stay in our seats. We don't want to be embarrassed to go before others. We don't want someone to think we may have a problem or issues, or even worse- someone may think we don't have it all together.
& believe me, I get it. God hears every prayer, whether said in the same spot, or prayed alone. I totally understand that. Again, I'm standing in the front row & still didn't take literally one step forward & pray with others myself.
But on this Sunday, it made me sad really.
Especially on a day when I left home & saw there was 20 people who had died in a shooting in our country... & later came home to see that number went up to the 50 with over 50 injured.
Especially in a time where men can perform the sickening act of rape & get a sentence that is laughable.
Especially in a country where people are dying because health insurance is useless & people have to struggle to pay for a policy that covers nothing making people just skip treatment.
Especially in a world where children are begging for a home & living in orphanages but governments put up so much red tape to adopt these babies to a loving family.
Now is not the time in our world to sit in our seats & be ashamed.
Why were we NOT all down praying for our country - for the people who were just killed - for the person who felt like he needed to do this shooting - for the medical team working at that very moment on the people who were shot - for the families of the victims - for ALL THE RIDICULOUS THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD?
& while I say "now is not the time"...I totally mean for the Orlando tragedy - but also for every tragedy that every day people face every day of their lives.
The bills that can't be paid.
The cancer that is being fought.
The abuse that children are going through.
The decisions to make that will completely change your world.
We need each other... supporting each other... we need to stand in the gap for each other... we need to take our own problems to a listening ear & ultimately, we need someone much bigger than us to be in charge of this craziness. We need to call out for help to Him. We need the only thing that can defeat so much evil, so much pain.
So while my weekend was full of so much good in my little world, I am reminded that the world is a much bigger place & not always good & joyful & easy....
Every day holds its hard times for everyone.
I just want to remind you, its OK to ask others to pray with you.
& more importantly, just pray period. Whether that be stepping out to pray with others, or bowing your head where you are at right now.
Pray for your struggles, for each other & mainly for all the ugly that is happening all around us every day.
I think its something this world needs.
I'll be back to more cheery posts tomorrow. I've got books to talk about & I did run the Happiest 5k on the planet this weekend that totally needs to be discussed - so brighter days are coming back to the blog.
How was your weekend?
Can I pray for you about anything?