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Monday, November 27, 2006

 

Two prayers


You are more than enough, Lord. Neither sickness nor poverty can make you less of a God, nor health and wealth can make up for You, for You are my God, which means I have everything. I am rich, I am whole, because I have You.

"I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom, and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity, and God gave me brains and skill to work. I asked for courage, and God gave me danger to overcome. I asked for love, and God gave me troubled people to help. I asked for favors, and God gave me opportunities. I received nothing I wanted, but received everything I need."

Off-tangent reflection:

If we are with the Lord, there is not even a mention of punishment. It doesn't mean something's wrong with us when we are sick or we are poor. If we are rich or in good health, thank God! "Every good thing comes from the Lord." But if we are poor and sick, it doesn't mean we've lost favor with God. We should praise the Lord just the same, for He has his reasons, and it's often not what we think. Neither does it mean that we should wallow in poverty nor in sickness; it only means we must praise God at all times all the same because, with Him, we've got everything we'll ever need.

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Sometimes -- or oftentimes, it's all my fault, Lord, and yet here I am blaming you. How dare I blame the Lord, who's nothing if He's not Love?


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