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God’s got us

 

Brenda Nail DeLauder Columnist

  For the last two years, a group of us calling ourselves a Circle of Prayer, have gathered each Sunday after the worship hour to pray. Our focus has been on our church as we remain in need of a pastor. While we appreciate having an interim, we are praying the call is answered soon.

  There has been much discussion throughout our congregation on what we need in a pastor. Unfortunately, worry of whether or not God’s will is being sought, seeps in and grows. People sometimes have their own agendas and fail to truly seek God’s guidance. This makes for a dangerous time in a church, because there is a lack of God-driven leadership. Without it, our Christ-centered focus can become fuzzy, making the nonessentials become more important than essentials.

  This Sunday, we gathered together as usual and talked about some of the concerns we are having before we began to pray. Jack, who is one of the prayer partners, was offering some excellent food for thought, when something happened. I remember sitting there looking over at one of the empty chairs we had pulled into a circle, when I felt a calmness begin to flow through me. All the chatter around me stopped and I felt the presence of Christ with us. Two things ran through my mind, one being “When two or more are gathered in My name . . . ” and the other being God answers our prayers even before we ask them.

  We invite Christ into each prayer meeting, but this time, perhaps because we needed a lift, I felt He wanted us to know our prayers were being heard. It has been our prayer in each gathering for God’s will, not ours, to be done. We have opened our hearts and prayed in earnest, seeking His will, knowing we have done as the Master has told us to do. I felt He was letting us know our heartfelt and sincere requests for our church were in His capable hands, and we should rest in the knowledge, God’s will shall be done. Our continuing prayers will help strengthen us, keeping worries and fears away.

  Walking into the Circle, I had felt rather downtrodden, filled with a sense of hopelessness and confusion. Here we had been praying, so why wasn’t God listening? But what a wonderful feeling came into that room, filling us all with a great sense of peace. Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and the Great I Am, and we are, His children. What a magnificent feeling of joy those words offer.

  No, the devil isn’t done with us yet, but God’s desire will prevail. I have a neighbor who often wears a great T-shirt proclaiming, “God’s Got Me!” He does indeed! It has been necessary for us to struggle over various things during this time, but without a shadow of doubt, He has been in control and will remain so throughout all of it. Instead of asking for patience, we are now seeking strength of endurance.

  Our little church sits on a beautiful piece of land. Open yards, flower beds, and woods surround us, making it such a warm and inviting setting to worship our Heavenly Father. Many of us feel it is a true privilege to stand before God in this lovely place. It is a gift not to be taken for granted. “We are the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:3b-5). Amen!

 

 Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.

 

 

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