Tuesday January 8, 2019

Matthew 6:9-15 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgotten our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Today was another day helping the girls make breakfast and doing dishes. I think they really enjoy having Jeff in the kitchen. He is breaking their cultural norms, plus he can be really goofy in the morning (actually all day!) and the girls get a total kick out of it. I am a bit nervous about cooking on Sunday, so I think we will be coming to help breakfast as much as we can manage this week, plus it is a lot of fun (and quiet) in the morning with these girls.

I love this prayer that Jesus taught to his disciples and I am really missing reciting this prayer in church every Sunday. Reflecting on this prayer for today makes me a bit homesick for our church back in Madison. I have loved worshiping with the family on the mission here in India, just as I did with the wonderful people we met in Germany, but it is not the same as back home. I miss the organ, the hymns we used to sing, and the prayers we recited together as a congregation. I miss the structured worship service and the fellowship that followed. Even though I am missing this aspect of home, I am so happy to be where I am now. God has placed us here for a reason and we have loved every minute of His plan. He has guided us to this time and place, just as He did for Germany and Thailand, and He has never failed us or let us down. We continue to learn from Him and from those around us.

This has been a go-to prayer for me since we left the US. “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” This verse reminds me that God is in charge, not me. God has control and will always be there for me. He will comfort me when I am down; He will pick me up and dust me off when I fall. And no matter how much I try, my plans are not mine, but they are His and He is in control, hence the phrase, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.’ We don’t need to worry or fear the future, we just need to trust in His and have faith in His plans for us.

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