Tuesday of Holy Week

Hear me, O islands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Is 49:1-6

What a wonderful Tuesday it was. I am off of work this week, and let me tell you, there is nothing better sometimes than disconnecting from everything stressful in life. I really did have a wonderful day, and I am so glad that I am blessed enough to be able to have time off like I did. I think that everyone needs time to recharge sometimes.

This week, is all about the following of the last days of Jesus on Earth. Today’s message is all about the preparation. Being formed in the womb, just as we all are, we are made in God’s image even before we enter this world. Every one of us. I am blessed enough to have my time here after the Salvation of Jesus was revealed to the world. I have the great blessing of having all the wonderful teachers that have studied the Resurrection and so many great stories and miracles that have happened in this world. They all have reinforced for me the fact that prayers work, being faithful to God works, and that no matter what, as long as I keep listening, my true path in life will be shown to me.

I know all of that sounds really nice when you read it. I mean, yeah, fluffy words, but today has really proven this to me. Since my conversion, which was only a few short years ago, I have really come to believe in the power of prayer. I asked to be happy, safe, and worry free. Well, today, I was all three of those. My family makes me the happiest person in the world. I am in one of the safest places in the world, and I actually had no worries today. I did not have to worry about anything at work, anything at home, nothing. For someone with depression, that is huge.  Really, really huge. So, yes, prayer works. It really does work.

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