Tuesday, December 15, 2009

And this is my prayer...

We are not yet done praying for Jake's thumb.

Today was the weekly checkup with the plastic surgeon. It is almost the same thing - "still watching it." There is in there good news. It is healing and skin is growing. There just continue to be areas of concern. But we still rejoice that we have come so far.

This is a week of appointments and craziness. Each day this week has activity. And in the midst of all of the doctors appointments we still need to have time or take time for school and exercises.

I am flying up to Oregon this week to speak with a missions board about working with them. It is a step of faith and movement toward understanding where God is leading us. My hearts desire is to see the community that we have experienced spread. My eyes seem to see Santa Cruz and San Jose but God's view is so much bigger. In the midst of all that we are going through we still see the hand of God.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Phil 1:9-11
Pretty amazing prayer. I find that it is so needed today. That our love may abound in knowledge and depth of insight. Smart, deep, insightful love. This is the love that brings discernment so that we might know what to do and when to do it. It is the love that is pure and blameless and seeks to bless others. It is a love that produces a crop of fruit that is not rotten but that is righteous. Can you imagine if our community - if our family - displayed that kind of love? Can you picture it? Dream about it. Pray for it. Demonstrate it. That is the love that Christ brought - that is the love that Christmas should be about. Love that displays the fruit of righteousness.

Pretty amazing prayer. It really sounds like a transformational prayer. I would say that it is a love that treats poeple with discerning purity, not manipulating selfishness. It is a love that blesses even our enemies. It is a love that is not about me being glorified but to the glory and praise of God.

Pretty amazing prayer. And miracles do happen. We have seen it. So it is not an impossible prayer.

Grace and peace,

Tom (Daddy)

P.S. pray that prayer for Andrew and Jessica too. Check out the links on the left to hear how they are doing. Awesome - baby steps - awesome.

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