Thursday, September 27, 2007


We are here in Pennsylvania and the important stuff has been unboxed, the neighbors met, and the internet hooked up. Obviously it is time to blog.

I wanted to compose a deep, meaningful first post in PA, just as I wanted to compose a deep, meaningful last post in MI. Something about discovering God's purposes in bringing us here to this very house on this street in this town, but that isn't for today as my heart is burdened for those living so very close to us. I wonder what will happen to those factory workers who lose their jobs when the company Chris works for moves their particular assembly line to Mexico. A small tidbit of information we didn't know when he took the job. And the very selfish, very human part of my heart worries over their plans for the design division.

But I must not worry or wonder. I must pray. Pray that this company will treat its employees fairly, justly, and gracefully. Pray that those who are losing their jobs will receive the training and assistance necessary to find new jobs, that God will give them peace and will meet their every need. Pray for the victims of the tragedy up the street, for comfort. Pray for the children so often overlooked in considering the consequences of the actions of those adults given them, for protection and supernatural love. Pray for my own child that God would shelter her from this world she must live in and these parents He has given her. Pray for the elderly on this street who have watched their neighborhood once safe, bustling, and prosperous fall into poverty and all those ramifications, for encouragement and peace. Pray for those of us with the responsibility and the power to make changes so the elderly can feel safe to hand out candy on Halloween, for boldness and truth to go forth, for a plan.

Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace that passes understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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