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Prayer  And  Thoughts  For  Shut-Ins
Christians need to remember to pray for those friends and acquaintances with illness that confines them at home, and for their Care-givers.  As we were recently reminded by Praise And Prayer Alert:  we should make a time to at least call those associated with our church fellowship to see how they are doing;  keep them updated on events they might like to know about;  offer to run a few errands for them;  maybe offer to stay with a shut-in so their Care-giver might get time to go somewhere;  etc..  There are many dear ones among us and everywhere, who are suffering diseases such as cancer, heart problems, MS, Parkinsons, mental problems, etc.   God expects us to show care for these.  They must not be neglected.    [adapted from Praise & Prayer Alert]
Different Trials For Believers For Different Needs 

Sometimes a trial is to teach a truth or a lesson to saints, and to bring one into conformity to Christ and His way; sometimes it is a work done through one for the good of others; and sometimes it is to accomplish God's purposes overall, so we need patience.  

Usually, the closer we are to Christ the less trouble we will have; yet, a trial is not always a trouble unless we allow it to be. It often becomes a trouble when we go contrary to the mind of God, and He may need to chasten us as He cares for us (see Heb.12:6-11). While It may be a difficulty, it may bring a blessing if we can see it.  

Always "wait upon the Lord" (Isa.40:31). We are as clay, and God is the potter (Rom.9:20-21), yet God's ways are perfect and good for His saints. Our prayer should not always be a cry for deliverance from some trouble, but cause one to lean more firmly on our Redeemer, for He loves us and He will sustain us if we care. - RLD, 2/07



"Behold the Lamb" enthroned on high ---
"He is our peace";
In Him we are to God brought nigh ---
"He is our peace";
He who on Calvary's cross has bled ---
He who was numbered with the dead ---
Exalted now o'er all as Head;
"He is our peace".

"Complete in Him" at God's right hand ---
"He is our peace";
Before the throne we boldly stand ---
"He is our peace";
The blood-sprinkled mercy-seat,
His pierced side, His hands and feet,
Proclaim redemption's work complete ---
"He is our peace".

God finds eternal rest in Him ---
"He is our peace";
That rest which was disturbed by sin ---
"He is our peace";
We too by faith on Him repose,
Who did the Father's heart disclose,
From which this full salvation flows ---
"He is our peace".

As one with Him we rest secure ---
"He is our peace";
Unchanging doth His work endure ---
"He is our peace";
Now seated on the Father's throne,
Elect and precious Cornerstone,
On Him we rest ---on Him alone ---
"He is our peace".

- G. W. Frazer -
1830 - 1896
Little Flock Hymns