Thursday, September 24, 2009

Different yet Amazingly the Same!

Have you ever stared across the room at someone & thought to yourself 'They're so different from me!' & then come to realize 'They're amazingly the same!'

That happened at Two by Two's Sept. Prayer Time at Memphis Union Mission. We prayed with new residents at the Mission (who had just come off the streets and acknowledged they could no longer do this on their own).

As we prayed we too realized there are many things in our City and in our own lives that we cannot do in our own strength.

One Resident anxiously said 'Today's my first day here' and clutching his hands my friend said 'It's my first day too!' As he expressed he wasn't quite sure how to pray, she encouraged him - I don't really know how to pray either but I just talk to Jesus and I know He hears my heart!'

I'm not quite sure who was blessed more by this sweet prayer time together. As they prayed they realized, perhaps their stuggles were Different but in many ways they were Amazingly the Same!

Jesus continues to show us how very much we have in common and the amazing gift of learning from one another! The question is - Are YOU unwrapping that gift?? Don't waste another day - unwrap it and we promise you'll be Amazed!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

There is HOPE!

New friends & Two by Two Prayer Partners (Beverly Lewis, left and Nancy Holcomb, right) sat with me recently at Memphis Pizza Cafe and shared about how HOPE broke into two very hopeless situations.

Through tears Beverly shared of a former life as a crack and alcohol addict (with five kids to raise on her own & no help but a small welfare check). She felt hopeless for sure, but there was something that kept drawing her back to a small church in New York City. It was there that HOPE finally got a hold of her (HOPE found in the person of Jesus) and her smile is proof that she will never be the same!

Nancy with a totally different story of hopelessness, lost her precious son Jay after a 14 year battle with spinal bifida. One can only imagine the devastation of a mother who loses a child. Yet after her own battle through more physical and emotional struggle than I have room to share here.... HOPE rushed in and saw Nancy through. She would tell anyone that Jesus is her HOPE, life is not easy but He who promised is faithful and He will hold you secure!

Nancy and Beverly laugh at how out of the box God was to bring them together. They've truly come to love one another as they've prayed for Memphis and for each other.

Originally Beverly thought to herself - She ain't like you! But as their hearts have connected in prayer, they've realized how much they have in common.

Despite our differences, despite our pain, there is HOPE and His name is Jesus!

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