I'm so glad they prayed [x2], I’m so glad they prayed for me."
Happy Friday POGers! This week I was reminded again of one of the absolutes of doing ministry. It is the simple yet complex notion that everybody has a story to tell. Everybody. No one is exempt. Everyone, in their own way, experience the same 24 hours in a day that we do. And each of us tells a story each week with our lives. The stories are as different and varied as we are. Some stories tell of great triumphs. Some deal with great losses. Some deal with loneliness. Some deal with sickness or death. Some deal with job promotions, some deal with great first dates or first steps. And ALL of them are important to God. And should be important to us, because stories like these are reflective of the community we call home. POG has many people with many stories, all equally important and valid, and they are ours to share with one another. They are ours to pray over. And pray we must. Because just like we need Jesus, we need each other.
The lyric above, from one of my favorite spirituals, is nourishment for my soul as I serve the people of POG. I think it is vitally important to be a church that prays for one another, that is mindful that everybody either comes to us or is absent from our community because it is part of their story for the week, a reflection of what they faced, experienced and endured. I can tell you that there are people in our community this week who are elated, exhausted, joyous or scared. All the emotions report for work during any given week at POG.
That said, this week I would like to draw attention to all you prayer warriors about our little gift from God, Madi. Madi’s family learned this week that the cancer she so bravely fought a few years ago has returned. albeit in a different form. It will be a long road for Madi and her family, but I know that we, as a church community, can be there for Madi and her family as she fights this horrible disease. We will be diligent is prayer. We will love and support. We will do what God calls us to do, to have each others back.
It is important to remember that while I shared part of Madi’s story with you, everyone has a story to tell. We need to invest in each other enough to know that a story unfolded this week in each of our lives, and pray for each other. I know that each of us cannot know everybody’s story, but I can assure you that during this week that past, POGers experienced many of the following:
So, pray for your church. Use this list as a starting point. It is one of the greatest ways to show love for one another. Know that I pray for you. That you are on my mind. That I take the time to pray for you. God loves you and so do I.