When Things Change For Us…

Holy Father, help us to believe in the Son you love and who simply by being Himself is the Judge of the satanic world. We can’t deny that we believe in Him but there are times when we look inward and around and we know with a frightening certainty that we desperately need you to help us in our unbelief and in our poor grasp of who you are.

Now and then and for a while we realize how difficult faith in Him is for those whose lives are one long unchanging experience of rejection or ill health or economic oppression or humiliation or loneliness—they hear His name spoken and sung but they know only hurt and loss and a daily trudge toward old age, feebleness and the grave, while the rich and powerful and their happy supporters, the ruthlessly ambitious who seek to make a name for themselves and the liars that manipulate the truth and control the flow of information are ‘blessed’.

In truth, at times we wonder how anyone can be saved. In our sinfulness we have helped build a world that has become our master, it frightens us and it is too strong for us. We find our faith is fervent within the walls of a place of public worship but find it faltering when intimidated by daily life that confuses and hurts us so that we put our trust in power and shrewdness and half-truths. We remember sometimes that you will gain your eternal loving purpose even if we do not help you but in our hearts there is a longing that never leaves—we do not wish you to do it without us.

So, leave us not, continue your patient work with us and trust in us and equip us better for your service. Though we deserve it not, keep us ever near to your heart that ours might find its rhythm in yours. Liberate us from the recurring conviction that we can fix this world if we just try harder.  Rescue us also from the notion that because we cannot do everything that it is all right with you that we do nothing but wring our hands and whimper. Give us power by an energizing trust in you that we may live among the fearful as a Holy Nation, a Priestly Nation, assured that the end of all things Christ conquerors Death & Sin.

Thrill us from time tot time with the thought of Jesus Christ, the Living Bread and while feeding on Him worry none that there really is no other assurance & that all is truly in His hands. Keep your People from making alliances with the gloomy and savage powers of the world as we did again and again in the past and if need be rip away all the shrewd and violent props we use and have used to keep ourselves safe and ‘alive’. Help your Church to remember its Baptism and to daily live its message that poor tortured suffers might hear and be drawn to trust, not in the Church but in the LORD, Jesus Christ, that they though bone-weary and unable to expect change, the plundered poor, who only exist, it seems, to be food for the feeding parasites and predators—that they might despite all that look to you, the ONE GOD and be gladdened by hope and on that day experience DELIVERANCE, FREEDOM FROM FEAR, and know JOY, PEACE, ADVETNURE AND EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS.
This prayer FOR THE WORLD, loving Father, the WORLD!; a world where agony, anguish and despair is their only expectation and where there will be no change for them until the ONE comes—-in the Lord Jesus.]

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About Jim McGuiggan

Jim McGuiggan was Ethel's husband for fifty-three years. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Ethel went to be with Christ on Easter Sunday, 2009 at the close of a gallant life. He has written some books including: Celebrating the Wrath of God; Heading Home with God; Life on the Ash Heap; Jesus: Hero of Thy Soul; The God of the Towel, The Scarlet Letter; and The Dragon Slayer.

4 thoughts on “When Things Change For Us…

    1. Jim McGuiggan Post author

      A needed one Linda, eh? I read this piece again and can’t help thinking of what Nietzsche said to those who confess to belong to the resurrected and glorified Lord Jesus Christ, “Show me your salvation and then we can talk about your Savior.” I can’t help noticing the Church, as much as anyone else, cries out for “social justice and their “rights” even if they personally have suffered nothing. I can’t help noticing that Christian conferences on ‘Social Justice” have only powerful, highly respected academics, speakers and authors, heading them up and all of them speaking to respected authors and academics, saying the same things to one another. that was said in all the previous conferences. Peter Berger the sociologist said we’re to remember that sociologists *explain* nothing, they just describe and report. Can you imagine what would happen if one of he Christian Conferences had no powerful academics/authors as speakers? Just peasants from Yemen, Syria, Africa, Venezuela…..or closer to home, in places where things don’t change no matter what political leader has the reins. “Well, there’s only so much we can do!” EXACTLY. If Christians weren’t so eager to insist on “more rights” and repent rather than whimper (Charles C. Morrison) who knows what God might accomplish via the strong, non-swaggering faith of believers who DO believe that the Lord is risen? This much I know, It isn’t flesh and blood Christians fight against. Any fine, wise and sincere policy, if it comes to ruin, it comes to ruin on the rock of human sinfulness. It’ll take more than Marxian economics or full-blooded capitalism, democracy or totalitarianism to fix us. WHEN EARTH’S LIGHTS ARE FADING AND STRICKEN MEN FALL/TO SAY LESS THAN ‘GOD’ IS TO SAY NOTHING AT ALL. LIFE’S ULTIMATE HOUR CRFIES FOR ULTIMATE POWER/ONLY GOD IS ENOUGH.

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  1. ichthus007

    Part 64 of Acts was powerful and convicting. I am so glad you still challenge us.

    I have healed enough to resume preaching and that can only be credited to prayer.

    Peace

    Virgil

    On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 10:27 Spending Time with Jim McGuiggan wrote:

    > Jim McGuiggan posted: “Holy Father, help us to believe in the Son you love > and who simply by being Himself is the Judge of the world. We can’t deny > that we believe in Him but there are times when we look inward and around > and we know with a frightening certainty that we despera” >

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