Gonna get a few things out of the way first.
First, this post was inspired by:
Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt is “LIFT”
Inspiration also came from:
This post, which gave me the idea for the Five for Friday today.
Lift: An Experiment in Prayer, Life and Friendship… for Five Minute Friday
What is lifted?
I have heard many friends say (and I have said) I’ll lift you up in prayer.
But what does that mean exactly?
To me, it means that I’m going to pray for you and a specific intention.
I’m Catholic so sometimes that also means I ask a particular saint to look over you, or give you a whisper of encouragement. And it means that I ask others to pray for your intention, so that you will feel lifted, in a moment when you are feeling down, or tired, or frustrated, or overwhelmed, or ill. Lifted in spirit, lifted in prayer and hopefully the burden lifted from your shoulders.
Today, I am lifting Five
A wife and mom in need of lifting
For her marriage, which seems to be ending. She does not want this, she wants to fight for it.
At times there seems some hope. Then the rug gets pulled.
A man with heart conditions that are flaring
Heart troubles have been around for a long time, flare-ups have happened in the past.
His heart is not whole, there is precious little of it doing the work for all of it.
A daughter watching her father’s health failing
A different father than above. A different family. A different illness.
But the prayers are the same, for healing, for comfort, for the family.
For children coming into this world.
For children who didn’t make it, even to a few moments in their mother’s arms.
For children going back to school.
For children who struggle in school.
For children starting college.
For grown children.
Families dealing with alzheimers and dementia.
It is difficult to deal with loved ones who are ill.
Who are changing.
It’s not just about losing memories,
it’s about new, and often, violent and nasty, personalities where there was only kindness and love before.
And the worry of one getting lost, and needing care around the clock, and the worry of not choosing the right caregivers.
God in heaven and all the saints I lift these intentions up to you today.
For those I know being affected, and all those I do not.
For your intercession where it is needed.
For your wisdom to be passed to those who need it.
For healing and peace.
For all those who read this and add their prayers to mine.
For all the good things I have in my life.
For a husband who is stubborn in his commitment.
For my children.
For friends and family who have lifted me up.
(went over by 32 seconds…)
What are your petitions?
What are you grateful for?
Share in the comments.