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Monday, February 16, 2009


Monday Manna

Welcome to Monday Manna. The purpose of this meme is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. The first and third Monday of each month, anyone who wishes can post their thoughts on a verse Joanne introduced at her blog the Thursday before. It doesn't have to be a long post -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional.

This morning I was able to sleep in. Usually I wake up anyway by 6:30 but this morning I needed to catch up on sleep and didn't get up until the alarm went off at 7:15. The world just weighs me down sometimes and the weight of it wears me out. I realized during my prayer time this morning that I needed to give my burden to my Savior.

Here is the verse of the day: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV

There are so many people and situations on my prayer list these days, I sometimes feel tempted to rush through the list. Then I remember a comment that a dear friend shared with me about her daughter, Katherine. Katherine has multiple physical and mental challenges, but she has a heart for Christ. Her mom shared that every night Katherine insists on going through her prayer list before she goes to bed. If she recites the names out of order or forgets a name, she goes back and starts from the beginning.

Her mom shared that sometimes she just really wanted to "get it over with" and felt bad about that. I understand! Moms get tired, and this mom has long days and a busy life. But she shared this with us because she hoped we would remember, as dear Katherine reminded her, that Christ died for us. HE was crushed for our iniquities; HE was pierced for our transgressions. The punishment that brought us peace was upon HIM. BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED.

I confess I felt the burden of prayer this morning until I remembered Katherine. I added to my list of prayers that God would allow me to have Katherine's single-minded heart as I lifted up the names and situations of everyone and everything on my prayer list. When I finished praying I felt that peace that transcends understanding. And I thanked God for sending His Son to die for me and for everyone on my prayer list.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV


Tami said...

You remind me of the importance of purposeful prayers for others. Thank you.

And thank you for your comment on my blog this weekend. It was a good shot in my arm.

Patty Wysong said...

Remembering all He did for us, and His suffering, really puts things into perspective!

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

Bearing one another's burdens as an outpouring of God's love for us is a wonderful take on this passage. Thanks for sharing about Katherine. Please tell her what a blessing she is.

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, this is such an amazing reminder that we ALL need. Katherine is a wonderful example to all of us. I will remember her. Thank you for joining us in Monday Manna!

Andrea said...

"It's all about our precious LORD!!" andrea

Laurie said...

I love the peace that passes understanding found only at the other side of prayer!

God Chaser said...

thanks for sharing this- I also needed this one- how precious are our children- Katherine is teaching a great lesson, my scripture for this week states God does not grow faint neither weary-so should be our attitude in prayer. Be blessed with peace,joy and love.