When Overseas: Thanksgiving Prayers

Dear Sweet Friends,

I know every day, you chose to live far away, in a foreign place, culture, maybe just a million, bazillion steps away from the US and right now it is hard.   You may have been tearing up all week for it was not your idea, but Christ who called you to this (1 Peter 2: 21)…

and so, I am praying for you.

thanksgiving-foodI know as the holidays approach, you are tired of this ‘life’ and lonely for friends and family, turkey and ham, pumpkin pie and cranberries, greens and sweet potatoes, and frankly, comfort and relief from the spiritual warfare…

and so, I am praying for you.

I know you have had it up to your eyeballs with conjugating the infinity number of verbs; figuring out the madness of which nouns are male or female; and imitating the strangest sounds that aren’t even in the English alphabet.  Honestly, as you are memorizing, how do you even write those sounds down?  language

And so, I am praying for you.

Today as with other traditional American holidays, you have determined to disregard personal and family happiness for the best of joys i.e.  godly commitment to duty, service, and making God smile in dark, isolated, lonely places…

and so, I am praying for you.

Please remember we, your fellow brothers and sisters in ‘The Way’ as we treasure Christ, we also share in your joys and your sorrows.  And as you suffer for the cause of Christ, we remember and pray for you and your children.  You are not alone.

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


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