Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Prayer for Our Friend Brian

As I write this, our friend Brian is lying in ICU, each breath an effort. He has developed pneumonia. He is showing signs of progress, however, and they are hopeful that they will be able to get rid of his respirator tomorrow.

This morning Dad read Psalm number 20 to Brian as he lay with his eyes closed for the most part. One beautiful thing about this particular Psalm is that it is almost a benediction, literally a 'good word' addressed to a person. This is a very personal psalm, written by someone who knows what it is to suffer and who also knows what it is to have to rely utterly on God:

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble;
the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; 
Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God
we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him
from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.

I watched Brian as Dad read. And I was struck most particularly by the words of the fifth and seventh lines, above: "Grant thee according to thine own heart ... fulfil all thy counsel ... fulfil all thy petitions."

Right now, Brian can't speak out loud, but you can be sure that his heart and his mind are deep in conversation with God even as he lies there framed by tubes and monitors. We can't know everything he is thinking and praying; but we don't have to. God knows our beloved friend's heart. He hears Brian's silent petitions.

And He hears our dear Char's heart, too. He sees the weariness in her shoulders, the love running down her cheeks at times, and He says to her, "Underneath are My everlasting arms."

He knows; He cares; He understands.

Dear RtLers, please pray for our Char and Brian this evening. 

1 comment:

  1. Please assure them of our prayers!


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