This morning I received a text from a praying friend. She told me 5 specific ways she was praying for me on behalf of my sister who is having some serious health issues. There is no greater gift one can give to a person than sharing the Gospel with them and praying for them.
That’s what Love is.
Love is praying spontaneously with someone….even surprising yourself!
Love is praying in public – even if it feels awkward.
It’s writing out prayers and sending them in a letter not being sure how the person might respond.
Today’s pictures & stories capture people loving well as they pray with others. Be blessed and encouraged to look for opportunities the Holy Spirit puts on your heart to bear hug someone and pray with them.
The scene below will melt your heart as it captures exactly what love is. (Explanations of pictured are under the pictures.)
“Snapped this picture while waiting in line at the Dutch Bros on 138th Avenue today. Turns out the young lady in line ahead of us lost her 37-year-old husband last night. When the DB guys & gals noticed she was falling apart, they stopped everything and prayed with her for several minutes, invited her to come back for prayer and support, as well as anything else that she might need. Prayers for the young family, and you know where to stop for coffee!”
This a nurse at a Children’s Hospital who prayed over her patient’s Mom as they went home after a long round of Cystic Fibrosis treatment. I love this because I’m not even sure she’s supposed to do that and that just makes this even more beautiful.
Love is crying on someone else’s behalf. It’s grabbing their hand boldly in prayer and squeezing it tight and sharing in their pain. The young woman on the right just shared with our Sunday School class that she has a brain tumor and will need surgery….again. It took us all by surprise. No answers just prayers for this young lady that morning.
They would kill me if they knew I posted this. It was too precious to me not to capture this moment. Big brother praying over little sister’s ear that is infected from an ear piercing. His idea. After seeing Sophie in tears about it he said, “Well we need to pray.” I remained silent because I wondered how serious he was. He said it again. And then finally he put one hand on his sister’s head and one on her ear and he prayed over her. It was a sweet moment I’ll never forget as long as I live. Now I wish I could just end it right here with the warm and fuzzies but I must share the rest of the story. In typical little sister fashion Sophie says in an irritated whisper, “Mom! he grabbed my ear and it was hurting so bad. I wish I’d told him it was the other ear that was infected!” Oh dear.
I don’t know about you but these pictures and stories encourage me to keep open eyes and a spirit of readiness to pray when the Holy Spirit leads me.
Be blessed friends!