Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 29,2020

May 29, 2020 - 6 minutes read

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms,
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day
Leaning on the everlasting arms.[1]

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…[2]

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How do you handle the recurring pains inherent in this life?  How do I?  You know the struggles, emotional aches, dissatisfactions, loss, grief, etc. we all have experienced to varying degrees.  A friend called early this morning asking for prayer—his mom was placed on hospice care and the reality of death, loss, and grief realized.  A brother said, “It is like a big part of me is missing” in having to endure this life without Sunday gathering and fellowship.  His response was in response to another brother who recognized his ministry routines are a necessary source of discipline and accountability that were now absent and that absence has been weighing heavily in this pilgrim way.  “Many things about tomorrow [even today] I don’t seem to understand But I know who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand.”[3]  In joy and pain we lean on the everlasting arms.

I know who holds tomorrow and holds my hand!  Praise God!  The “…Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”[4]  What is of first importance?  Christ died for our sins, was buried, he was raised on the third day; he appeared to Peter, the twelve and to over 500 people.  Jesus appeared to James and all the apostles and then to Paul.[5]  “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”[6]  No!  In Christ and Christ in us our faith is meaningful and fruitful! The cross, the blood, shed for sins; oh the grace and mercy of God that calls you and me to believe in and receive Jesus as our risen Savior and Lord.  Therein hope prevails throughout this life; even in death should the Lord tarry, to everlasting life!  We endure pain and suffering, loss, hardships in this life because of a supernatural continual hope in Jesus. 

Brother Mark said, “command yourself” yes, preach to your regenerate self, kill the old self, and remind yourself in the absence of helpful routine, structure, accountability, and evident distractions, testing, trials and tribulations who you are and empowered by in Christ.  Be ye encouraged, motivated, excited to lean on the everlasting arms!  The pursuit of the Lord is exciting, grant me this supernatural excitement every day, please Lord.   In the midst of all Christ gives you and me to battle, endure, and yes suffer through, we heed in Spirit power Paul’s imperatives: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men [and women] of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love.”[7]  

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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 Sisters are meeting to pray!   Joy!  0900.   

If you’d like to get connected, please reach out.  Thank you, sisters, for your help through prayer.

Brothers are meeting too!  Zoom.  0730.

Join us for a time of devotion unto the Lord God Almighty as we love and encourage one another and pray.  Before the throne of grace as the Spirit leads. 

I’ll send a link.  Join in as we adapt and glorify God with our lives in every context.


[1] https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/leaning-on-the-everlasting-arms/

[2] Psalm 103: 2-4

[3] I Know Who Holds Tomorrow – By Alison Krauss & The Cox Family
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow – By Alison Krauss & The Cox Family

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[4] 2 Corinthians  1: 3-4

[5] 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8

[6] Ibid v. 19

[7] Ibid. 16: 13-14