An Easter Offering

My offering for Easter/Resurrection Sunday 2011 is what God gave me, through the Holy Spirit,  suddenly and unexpectedly last fall.  May it lift you up, especially if you are lost on the trail of life, like I was, and may God bless you and keep you forever and always.   Thanks for your visit.  ( Read it here )

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In Desperation, I Prayed (Continued)

As a self-proclaimed atheist/agnostic, the last thing I would have thought I would catch myself doing was to pray.  Yet, circumstances had changed.   I had become aware of a friend who desperately needed help.  I really wanted to give aid, but helping was circumstantially impossible.  That  may have been one of my first experiences with sincere, unconditional compassion. 
There was nothing I could do. Or was there?  As the situation got worse for my friend, I got desperate.  There remained only one thing I could think of that I could do, and that was to beg to the God, of whom I didn’t acknowledge the existence, if indeed He existed at all, for help.  Now, how’s that for a sentence?  Anyway, I went out on a limb with my philosophical principles and prayed, although, at that time, I refused to call it praying.  It went something like this:

Desperately, I Prayed: “God, are you real? Are you there?  Some people think you are, and they say you hear when people talk to you.  If you are listening, can you prove it?  Would you please, please help my friend?”   I felt nothing except a vague sense of relief that I had exhausted the last possible solution.

And, in a short time, He showed up!

It wasn’t long before the situation improved dramatically.  It dawned on me that only God could have worked it out in this precise and exact way!  It was NOT coincidence nor superstition! Those arguments – my old crutches – could no longer be applied.  I knew it had to be Him!  I could feel the truth being made manifest in my heart.  He was saying  “Yes, it’s Me,  yes, I am here,  I Am!”    Then He made sure that I knew it was Him through miraculous signs and wonders keyed just for me for the next several weeks.  Actually, He has never stopped!

I had opened the door a crack and He stepped in.  I am certain that the Holy Spirit was responsible for helping with my decisions, as well as holding off the enemy until I could stand on my own.  That’s not to say I can do much of anything on my own, for I rely on His strength every day.  On my own efforts, I might never have offered that first prayer.

Six years later, I know that a prayer in behalf of someone else is called ” intercessory prayer”.  “Standing in the gap”  in sincere, unconditional prayer for others is  important.  So is ‘the sinner’s prayer’ – an admission of guilt and a plea for mercy .  So are prayers of praise and of thanksgiving.  But that one short, confused, desperate prayer was integral in leading to my redemption, salvation, rebirth, and transformation.  Thank you Jesus! 
And thanks be to God that  in desperation, I prayed.

“In desperate prayer for someone else,
I brought the Lord unto myself.”





In Desperation, I Prayed (Poem)

Todays foray into the world of  rhyme:

“In desperate prayer for someone else,

I brought the Lord unto myself.”

I so hope that i authored this and didn’t unwittingly and unintentionally steal it.  Sometimes one incorporates, subconsciously, obscure words one has seen, into one’s own thought processes.  Has anyone out there heard or seen it before?  I’m pretty sure it came from me because i worked on it!  If i didn’t originate it, maybe God wanted me to bring it back because it is an important concept.     I can’t find it after much searching on the Net.   I intend to post more on this subject, but for now, ponder the deep truth embedded in those two simple lines. Read more, here.


The Undeniably Great, the Uniquely Inspiring – C. S. Lewis

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same. ( C. S. Lewis, from Mere Christianity)

No wonder he is many people’s favorite author. Besides God, (of course)  he is mine.

This is from the website  which is a worthwhile place to visit.


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