Together through Cyberchurch
January 23, 2005
The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor
Montgomery United Methodist Church
[Webmaster's Note: A major snow storm forced the cancellation of church this Sunday. Pastor Tony sent out the following email through the Visions of Hope]
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, good morning! Even though the snow prevents us from being together this Sunday, I thought we could take a moment to share a time of prayer together. This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Will you pray with me?
Dear Lord, The snowfall that is upon us reminds us of the scripture that says, "You make the sun to shine and the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike." And now the snow has fallen on these and all of us in between. We would not let this day go by without turning our hearts toward Thee, and voicing our praise, toward Thee, and remembering that this is Your day indeed, the Lordís Day, and we are grateful to be part of it.
As we look out on the glistening snow that surrounds our homes, we are touched with the majesty of Your creation. As we relax from our anxieties about moving the snow out of the way and freeing up our cars, we take a moment to praise Thee, and contemplate the wonder of the world around us.
Were we to take a handful of the snow, we would be holding thousands upon thousands of tiny individual crystals, no two alike. No two alike. How amazing You are, O Lord. We hold a handful of sparkling gems, reflecting rainbows of light - and no two are alike.
We look out then at the mounds and drifts of snow, swirling and dancing about amid rustling branches of swaying trees, and we behold nearly countless numbers of snowflakes - no two alike. Each remarkable and beautiful. Each amazing. And so it is with us. You have made us no two alike. You have planted unique gifts and possibilities in each of our hearts. You have made us each special and wonderful, and able to appreciate the uniqueness of each other. Help us to marvel at the power and possibility for good you have placed in us - even more wondrous than the uniqueness of the snow. The creativity of Your design is too amazing to fully understand. All we can do is watch in awe, and let out soul sing from within, "How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art."
We give Thee thanks that we are part of this wonder of nature; that in the grand scheme of things, You are aware of our delight; You have put beauty in the flakes of the snow as well as the roses of spring, that, in the midst of lifeís challenges, we may be reminded of Your wish that we may have joy.
Even though the wall of snow keeps us from being together today as a family in Thee, let it remind us of what a gift You have given us in our church. Even as we are "forced" to miss it today, let this barrier of snow make us more sensitive to those who wish they could come to church regularly, but cannot; those who need You so much, but do not yet know they do; those who need You and your church family, and are only an invitation away. How precious the gathered family of faith is to us, O Lord.
We pray for those who are challenged this day by this storm, or by any illness or seeming limitation. May Your grace and Your healing touch them and bring encouragement and hope. For those whom we can help by hand, let the need be known to us; for those whom we best help by prayer, let Your holy blessing surround and fill them.
May the readers of this prayer know that You are near, and may they feel Your comforting presence as that of the dearest heavenly Friend - a caring, healing, restoring, rejoicing Friend. May the deepest need of their hearts, and of those whom they love, be blessed by You this day. May this prayer and all our prayers this day be our way of keeping Your day Holy. And so it is. Thank You, God, for everything. Amen.
May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord cause the radiant light of His face to shine upon you; and may you know that God is blessing those whom you love, wherever they may be. This is my prayer for you, friend, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
May God bless you today and always.
© 2005 Anthony J. Godlefski