Before sunrise on a misty morning
Hours more until heavy eyes are open
Thoughts of prayer drift through my sleepy mind.
A routine day; expectations low
Say some prayers in transit,
think about God in passing,
ask Him for blessing and protection,
then get on with my day.
More thoughts of needed prayer throughout the afternoon,
turn off the distractions; turn off the noise
I focus on Him and pray.
The afternoon fades into night. The phone rings…
In a moment, in a heartbeat,
a few short uttered words
Time disappears and the world stops.
My child is in danger, the outcome unknown.
I have to be with her
There is fear in my mind,
pressure on my throat,
trembling in my hands and
confusion behind my eyes,
but, because of Jesus, hope in my heart. He sends a calm peace to cover me.
A faint tiny hope that begins to grow as fear also vies for the same place in my mind.
Every thought wildly leading to a scary place
with a bleak future, or perhaps no future at all.
Lord, I need Your embracing arms, loving heart and forever mind.
Please be with her while I race to get there.
Let her hold onto You, give her Your strength.
Don’t let her be afraid.
We arrive to see people with uncertain eyes and hesitant words.
Fear and hope locked in battle on their faces.
A door opens and everyone turns.
The news is good and we all breathe, perhaps for the first time all night.
We rush to her bed side and hold her hand.
Thank you God, over and over, for this deliverance from tragedy.
As we leave our eyes fall to others, who may not be going home whole,
or those who will never go home.
This place, whose purpose is to restore and return broken people to wholeness,
is a prayer in action. This place, used of God.
A car at the curbside and a long ride home.
The lights of the city seem to celebrate with us.
The whole story comes out.
A runaway horse, a bad fall.
No one expresses the fears of an hour ago.
There is no need, just joy.
Thought of how good life is, of how good God is,
The celebration of a second chance;
A new chapter allowed to be written,
A life enhanced by the nearness of eternity
for a brief moment.
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