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10.05.10 – Members of One Another

I love the Lord’s people. Peter’s injury has
truly shaken our world and has been draining and
grueling, but we’ve found immense comfort in the family
of the Lord. Let me share with you just a tiny handful of
the blessings we’ve received.

One godly gentleman arrived at the hospital a little more than a week ago, having just arrived from Virginia. (We are in Texas.) He and his wife talked with Doug and me in the hospital waiting
room for a bit, then he asked to go back and pray for Peter
in his room. After he’d knelt and asked the Lord to heal
our son, he stood and said to Peter, “Peter, we
traveled all this way so that I could come in here and pray
with you.”

Believers we have never met have written us the
most beautiful cards and notes describing their urgent and
frequent prayers for our son. They saturate their cards with
Scripture and hymns that breathe life to our souls.

One man posted on the group wall: “Peter
and family, you now have some really fine people in Mexico
City who are praying for you – young Mexican nationals who
are dedicated, serving Christians. I pray that some day soon
you will all get to visit together because I know you will
love each other! May God grant it.”

One young woman told us that she was
pretty sure almost the whole state of Arizona was praying
for Peter. Another woman I hadn’t seen in forty
years (I knew her in my childhood) traveled to the
hospital from out of town to reassure us of her prayers for
Peter. I’ve had several Christian moms tell me that
their three-year-olds remind them throughout the day to pray
for Peter.

Doug cashed a check at a local bank last week.  A
man came out and introduced himself as the president of the
bank and asked, “Are you Pastor Helms?”  Doug
said he was, and the man told him that everyone at that
bank was praying for Peter. Of many instances I could
mention, these are only a sampling.

The really deep chord that sounds in all this is an
amazing harmony among God’s people because His Spirit
indwells us. We love each other and pray for each other
because of that Spirit we all share.  We see His life
in each other, and it makes us happy and attached to one
another. It strikes me forcefully that it is the Lord who
lays individual, hurting believers on our hearts for
prayer. And if the Lord has laid Peter on the hearts of all
of you, it is to reveal that He loves Peter and is working
for his good. It comforts me tremendously to know that He is
urging you precious believers to pray for our son. What a
great revelation of His love for Peter!

But Peter’s situation isn’t unique in all
this. These are only noteworthy instances of what happens
any time we sense that another believer has walked into the
room, bringing with him a grace and a oneness that
allows us to recognize the Spirit of Christ. We feel a
kinship with him (just like you feel with Peter), and we
want to respond to him and pray for his
needs. (Perhaps it’s a bit like the two disciples
felt on the road to Emmaus when their hearts leapt
within them, even though they thought they were speaking to
an ordinary man.) It’s the Spirit of the Lord
recognizing and loving the Spirit of the Lord. How the Lord
is glorified when we love each other: there is a unity of
communion within His own character and presence.

It’s a great comfort to walk through life with the
Lord’s people . . . who become His vessels to spill onto
each other His own Spirit.

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant
you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with
Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 15:5,6

Selah

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  1. Cherry Neill
    October 9, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Dear Ones,

    A friend sent an old Welsh revival hymn to me this week, called “Here is love, vast as the ocean.” Every verse leads straight to the great heart of God. Especially, look at this one:

    “On the mount of crucifixion,
    Fountains opened deep and wide;
    Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
    Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
    Grace and love,like mighty rivers,
    Poured incessant from above,
    And Heaven’s peace and perfect justice
    Kissed a guilty world in love.”

    May the grace and mercy of our precious Lord flow like mighty rivers, deep and wide, over all of you.

    Cherry Neill

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