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Letter to New Town, Connecticut Residents

Dear New Town Connecticut residents,

I have no words to express how sorry I am for what you are having to go through during this time. I know that words during this time are of very little comfort, and I wish that I could offer something more. I’m saddened and heartbroken that I have nothing to give that can make or change even for a brief moment the reality of what you’re suffering. I can only tell you that I am willing to share your burden with you. As you mourn, as you cry, as you rail against the injustice of what has happened, I want you to know that I hold each of you in my heart, and that I’m willing to share whatever you feel like sharing with me for as long as you need in whatever way you need me to share it with you. Please know that you are not alone in your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you.



From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian


William Barclay said: “It’s more difficult to congratulate another on his success if it involves disappointment to us, than to sympathize with his sorrow… Only when self is dead can we take as much joy in the success of others as in our own.”  Karen Ehman’s home had been for sale twenty months when a friend called to say hers sold in twenty days.  Ehman says: “Although I was thrilled…I was a tad jealous…that ‘poor me’ mentality when God answers someone else’s prayer and my answer seems to be ‘no,’ or ‘not right now.’  As a child I envied kids from two-parent homes…in high school it was other girls’ looks and cute clothes…I was average looking, and although I was every guy’s pal, I was nobody’s gal.  In college I envied girls whose prayers for a knight in shining armor were answered…Once married, I struggled with miscarriage and dashed dreams of motherhood…I slapped a smile on my face and attended yet another baby shower.  The cure for envy isn’t easy…but when you call on God He will ‘tell you…things…you could [never figure out on your own]’ (Jer 33:3 NIV).  Instead of begging Him to sell my house, take away my pain, and fix my kids, I need to ask what He’s trying to teach me that I won’t learn if He rescues me; and what qualities He’s trying to grow in me.  God’s willing and able to answer our prayers as He sees fit…[His goal is] growing us to be more like His Son.”  Paul writes, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”  To be Christlike, you gotta be able to do both.

Prayer for September 12, 2012

Heavenly Father,
I come to You, Father, in worship and praise.
You are the Eternal God.
You reign Supreme.
You are the Everlasting God.
The One and True God.
You are the Merciful and Compassionate
And Loving God.
You are Perfect and Just and Holy.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for the way You’ve blessed my life.
I thank You for the people You’ve
Placed in my life.
I thank You for Your provision.
I thank You for Your Great and Abiding Love.
I thank You for Your Son, Jesus.
I thank You for Loving me so much
That You gave Him for me
So that I may live forever
In the light of Your Love,
Your mercy and Grace.

Heavenly Father
I come to You, Father,
And I ask You in the name
Of my Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ,
To forgive me of my sins.
Father, I ask You
To change me. Take from me
All that is ugly and evil.
Restore me, Father, and wash me
So that I might be whiter than snow.
Father, there are things
In my life
That I need to let go, that I need
To turn away from.
Help me, Father, to live the life
You’ve given me
In a way that will bring
Your love to others.

Heavenly Father,
I ask that You be with the leadership
Of this country.
That You will be with our President.
I ask You to give him wisdom,
Courage and strength.
I ask You Father to surround
Him with people who
Know You, and who will give
Him Your wisdom and
Who will help to guide
Him to do and to be that
Which this country’s people

Heavenly Father,
I pray that You would pour out
Your Holy Spirit on the
People of this nation,
And that You would lead Your children
To be bold, and to stand for Your truth.
Be with those who preach Your Word.
Fill them with a hunger;
A driving need to teach and to model
What it is to be Your child.

Heavenly Father,
I ask that You be with all those who suffer;
With all those who are in pain.
Father, I pray that You might comfort
Those who are mourning.
That You would give to those who
Are struggling to live
The courage and the strength
To keep going, to keep believing;
To keep putting
Their faith and their trust
In You. 

In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.