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Calling All Angels

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This was posted today and it affected me deeply and I had to share it. Please share it with your friends also. Blessings to each of you this Sunday.    Shirley

Author: Pat
Comment:

I wrote an article as a personal response to this event in Aurora, Colorado called “Calling All Angels” (http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/?p=349) with the hope it would redirect and help in sending out love and comfort to those families involved in my home state Colorado.

If you would like to pass it onto your readers, I would be honored.

Thank you

Calling All Angels

Posted on July 24, 2012
Photo by Dez Pain at http://www.sxc.hu.home

I’ve written and rewritten this article a couple of times now trying to find meaning to words in my head and heart with regard to last Friday morning’s shootings in Aurora, Colorado, just a few miles from my daughter’s home.  A lot has been reported and written and I don’t want to rehash it.

It’s almost a full week since the shootings and the media moves on to current news and people begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. Some pick up where it left off and others face life decisions they never thought they would have to make alone.

My heart breaks and soul aches for those touched by this incident and I struggle with how to express words of hope and encouragement.

I don’t pretend to know what people are experiencing or feeling. I only want to share from personal loss and trust it will in some small way bring comfort.

Something has happened snatching us out of our daily routines and we didn’t ask for it.  For the most part, we can get along just fine taking care of business – going to work or school, showering, eating, playing, sleeping – and then something yanks the emergency brake and we tumble and crash.  Everything is upside down and we say, “What the hell?”, if we’re able, trying to make sense of it – only there’s no making sense.

Then something else happens, we try to stand and gain solid ground. We’re suddenly flooded with emotions and can no longer control the tears and pain in our chest. Our body is out of control and we feel like our gut is turned inside out.  Something is going on only I don’t know what.

It’s no wonder in times like these we turn to an unseen force seeking help – something beyond the body and mind because that’s not working the way it used to.  Our hearts cry out – perhaps “calling all angels” – and connect us to our spirit.  Now, this is out of the norm but there’s comfort – a peace and deep rest if only for a couple of hours.

The only problem is when I open my eyes I remember – it isn’t a dream.  It didn’t go away

and it starts all over again. This is the beginning of healing – one breath, one moment at a time.  We’re in touch with a part of ourselves we never knew existed, connected to a different dimension and it’s overwhelming.

This is life – all its working parts.  Pain brought us to a depth of our soul, though we don’t want to arrive that way.  Our spirit forces us to feel things we don’t want to feel.  Our senses are opened and introduced to something beyond daily routines. Can we dare to hope again – hope that our loved ones aren’t lost forever?

Can we begin to look through this ache and pain at good things that have come out of this – is there more happening on a bigger scale beyond what I can see?

  1. People genuinely loving, comforting one another with value: young and old women, men and children, professional athletes, business, hospital and medical professionals, military, police and fire men and women, FBI, elected officials, clergy,
    1. a president and Batman actor.
    2. Heroes emerged giving their lives for loved ones and fellow human beings.
    3. Hugo Jackson, born to the Medley family, is awaiting his father Caleb’s recovery from critical gunshot wounds.

    Life struggles to go on and yet it’s changed. None of this can really be explained to everyone’s satisfaction and debates go on forever. As a victim’s girlfriend put it (paraphrased), “He gave his life for me but I don’t know how to live it.”

    We begin to take a step forward and we’ll fall down.  But we’ll get up with more strength and determination with the help of others to make a difference and not take this life for granted.

    The real truth can only be found in the depths of our hearts but for now we can rest in the arms of an angel” and hold on to the good things remembered.  What are you feeling today?  Please share.

    Pat – from the ol’ kitchen table

Prayer

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I have racked my brain trying to think of something to write about today.  You know, every time I tried to think of a topic, only one thing kept coming to my mind, Prayer. I think someone is trying to tell me something so I quit fighting it.  What is prayer to you? How often do you pray and do you have a reason for your prayer (not that you need one).

Prayer is our communication with God, or whom or whatever you worship. There are at least five types of prayer.

1. Asking for forgiveness – For me this one is an absolute necessity.  Since the only perfect person left this world over  2000 years ago, I can’t be perfect. I may try to convince my husband I am at times, but since the Lord knows me inside and out, he knows I fall off the wagon occasionally (so to speak).

2. Adoration This is the praise and worship type of prayer. I choose to adore my Lord.  There is no one above him and never shall be. The act of faith is a prayer of adoration.

3. Love – I think the prayer of love is tied to the adoration. You can’t give spirit filled love to our Father without the adoration.

4.  petition – For some, this is the only prayer they know,  Lord I need, Lord I want, Lord would you please, Lord I’m begging.  This type is when we pray when  we need something.  With a prayer of petition we should always prayer to accept Gods will whether he answers directly or not. I know God answers prayer. I learned the hard way. Be careful what you pray for because you may get it.

5.  Thanksgiving – This is probably the most neglected prayer type. It’s the prayer of thanksgiving. While grace before meals is a good example of a prayer of thanksgiving, we should get into the habit of thanking God throughout the day for the good things that happen to us and to others.

Have you noticed anything while you were reading these types of prayer.  The one thing I noticed was when I pray, or I hear someone else pray, it includes all five of these types, at the same time.  We make sure we cover all the bases.

We are taught to pray always, pray with faith in Jesus, pray with sincerity, and pray with real intent (ready to do God’s will).

My prayer for you:  My dear Lord and Savior, I thank you for the blessings you have given to me this day. I praise they name.  Lord I asked that you bless each person who is reading this prayer.  Put your arms around them and relieve  them of  burdens they carry. Guide them and bless them as only you can. Let everyone know that through you all things are possible.  In Jesus name. Amen.