"And she was greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly."
The stigma and disappointment of a childless woman in the day of Samuel brought not only heartache, but was tempered by the constant taunting of her close rival. Distress at the situation would not move her to inaction, and bitterness would not drive her away and into the arms of more fleshly pursuits. Much to her credit we find her in prayer. A great example we find for all of us, not wrapped up in a place of woe, or paralyzed by the situation, but with hopeful confidence, trusting in God's outcome. We may, at one time or another face differing circumstances, but how we face them is the question.
Today after Service - If you can, please stay for some food and fellowship right after service.
Black Friday Blues - Immediately after the holiday we celebrate as thanksgiving. Contrary though, is the fact that so many take on the additional stress of shopping, juggling bills and additional pressures of how to and why this or that. Don't get caught up and be in prayer for those around you during these stressful times where we've taken Jesus out of the season.
River of Life Mission - As the volume of meals and ministry opportunities have ramped up at the River of Life Mission, please keep all the staff and guests, as well as the neighboring community, in prayer.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - As the Middle East heats up, pray for the nation of Israel along with all of those in this region who have come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.