Monday’s Breaking Bread
Today, Hulda is Breaking Bread with us. May the Holy Spirit open our hearts to receive His Word and walk in His Way, Truth and Life.
When you need a Christmas miracle
The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Lk. 1:78, 79
Winter came to our town and brought the cold northern winds along with shorter, grayer days.
It was a few weeks before Christmas at our home group meeting when I asked everyone to write down their prayer requests. Having spent nearly two years together, I knew the precious souls in the room and I knew that some of us needed a miracle from God this holiday season, including our family.
Even though we were the missionaries who had invited our Czech friends for a meal, some encouragement from the Word of God and a time of prayer, something was amiss in our home.
And I knew exactly what I wanted to pray for. We gathered our prayer requests, prayed over them and placed them in our woodstove and watched as the paper lit up into flames. It was our prayer offering to Jesus.
One of the prayers from that evening, Jana’s prayer, still lingers in my heart as a candle of hope, a reminder of what our Heavenly Father will do in our response to our prayers.
Jana* grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father whom she feared as a child. Sadly, her first husband had similar characteristics and she had to take her young son and flee to another town. Now, years later, she prayed for her father whom she hadn’t seen in years.
She wasn’t sure whether he was alive or not or where he was. No one in her family seemed to be concerned but she had come to a place of healing in heart and she wanted to find him. When we‘d talked about forgiveness in our home group, we’d walked her through the process of verbally forgiving her father and then asking for forgiveness for any bitterness and judgment she’d held unto. Those were special times of healing when we gathered in our living room and God met with us.
Months passed and winter turned into spring when Jana came one night with news that they’d located her father! He was in Prague about an hour and half away from our town. He’d been living homeless, gotten an infection in his leg and had to be taken to the hospital. The authorities traced his family and contacted Jana. When we prayed that night Jana’s face lit up with hope. Her father was alive and she was going to see him.
Turns out he was not as eager to see her but she had expected that. After his extended stay at the hospital, he eventually agreed to come home with Jana.
It was a night of rejoicing that fall evening when Jana rolled her father in his wheelchair into our living room. Seeing Jana’s big smile and her aged father sitting in the wheelchair loved by a daughter whom he’d caused so much pain to was a visible fingerprint of God’s incredible love. We love because He first loved us. Jana’s father had been lost to her but God knew where he was. The answer to the prayer she wrote down that cold December night was now joining us for dinner!
It’s December again and here in the States, the days are warm and bright with blue skies. I’m encouraged to seek God for my miracle. The prayer I wrote down in Czechia two years ago is slowly being answered. The healing of hearts is not an instant event but I’m learning that God meets us at every step of our faith journey. Looking back I can see how clueless I was to the pain in our own home but God is bringing everything into the light where healing can take place.
I’m so thankful that Jesus came into our dark world on that first Christmas. It’s as Zechariah prophesied,
Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Lk. 1:78, 79
The path of peace brings healing, deliverance and it’s the path that holds the key for the miracles we need in our lives. Because the path of peace leads us to Jesus, who is Prince of Peace.
Friend, do you need a miracle for you or a loved one right now? Will you join me in presenting our need to our Heavenly Father?
Dear Loving Father,
Thank you that you are the God of miracles and nothing is impossible for you. Thank you for the greatest miracle that happened that first Christmas when you sent your Son to save us. We come to you with our prayer offerings asking you to do only what you can do to find, save, heal our loved ones. And Father maybe we are the ones who need to be saved and healed. Will you help us to come to that place of peace with you?
Lord, thank you that we can come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for that miracle we need in our lives even now. You know what it is. Thank you that you are God who sees us, hears us and answers our prayers. Thank you that you love us enough to say no as well because you know what’s best for us. We love you Father and we pray in Jesus name. Amen.
*Not her real name.
We would also love to invite you to subscribe to a weekly encouragement from Bettie and I. Each week, from January 2018, we will send you a short devotional with an invitation to join us in praying our weaknesses (fears, grief, doubts, anger, hurt etc.) into a Promise from God’s Word over the lives of our Prodigals. We are so excited to see how God will move to perfect His power in our weakness through His mighty Word and Holy Spirit. Subscribe here to join us: Contact Beloved Prodigal.
We are also planning on opening a private Facebook group for our community to come together to pray and encourage each other through our individual struggles and testimonies to God’s faithfulness. We want to offer you a safe place to share your heart and receive encouragement in Christ from those walking a similar path. As soon as it’s up and running we will advertise the details via our social media.
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for all of this. Thank you so much.
I’m having Coffee For Your Heartwith my friend Holley Gerth!