Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mary Letters - Day 17

Jesus said, "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." Matthew 24:32-44 

Dear Aunt Elizabeth,
I haven't been able to sleep very well, so I got up, letting Joseph sleep and wrote this prayer which was on my heart.

Make Me Ready Lord 

For the rough road ahead
and for those left behind
make my heart open and
make me ready, dear Lord.

I am so completely fragile and weak
but you are my song and strength
for the darkest nights and scary days
make me ready, dear Lord.

For the coming time of birthing
for the shelter and help we will need
for being a stranger and sojourner
make me ready, dear Lord.

In thanksgiving for your gentle touch
your ever present companionship
for the lack of human understanding
make me ready, dear Lord.

Make me a servant of love and peace
so that I might face the harsh sunshine
for the healing and redemption of the world
Make me ready dear Lord.

Pray for us as each day gets harder,

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