Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

An Appointment


When I get to visit with one of my grandchildren, it is always a learning experience.  They have a perspective that refreshes me.

When our eleven year old grandson came home with us after a Friday night football game, we watched a few minutes of the evening news while waiting for 5th Quarter highlights on our local TV station.  After only a few minutes he said, “Meme, let’s don’t watch this. It’s all about bad stuff and that’s not what my life is about.”

Well, praise the Lord! It’s not that his family is perfect, but his home is a sanctuary with faith filled parents. He feels safe.

After a restless night, I got up at 4:45 this morning.  Grabbing my glasses, I headed to the sunroom where I caught a glimpse of the full moon falling over the horizon.

When the orb had passed from my view, I opened my devotional book for a word.  The title was “Pray for the Children” and the scripture was Lamentations 2:19, “Rise during the night and cry out.  Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.  Lift up your hands to him in prayer.  Plead for your children as they faint with hunger in the streets.”

The devotional reminded me of my grandson’s observation when it suggested we remember children who were starving spiritually because there was no one to show them the way and to pray that their parents would come to know Him and provide them with His security.

That thought started the prayer time. Then there were other situations close to me that came to mind along with those in the path of Hurricane Sandy up the east coast, and because it is close to Halloween, schools and teachers came to mind. They were all covered.

In her journal Mother wrote, “There is one sure remedy for a world that is sick and dying in sin –‘seek the Lord and live.’  Sin seeks to destroy, but hope is found in seeking Him.  In times of difficulty, seek God.  In personal discomfort and struggle, seek God.  When others are struggling seek God on their behalf.”

This morning my internal clock received a spiritual alert for an appointment with a Friend who had even prepared the prayer and led the conversation.  All I had to do was show up.

Thank you, Lord, for calling me to prayer.  Please keep reminding me of those holy appointments.  Amen


Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

4 thoughts on “An Appointment

  1. And a little child shall lead them…


  2. seeking Him to live – yes, this


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