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Prayer Matters September 2023

    09.03.23 | Articles, Prayer Matters | by Ruth Koenemann

    “Is any one of you in trouble?  He should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.”  James 5:13

    It was a beautiful day of celebrating a friend’s special birthday.  He had arranged for several of us to have limos drive us to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game and celebrate with him.  After the game, we were trying to navigate through the crowd to walk a couple of blocks to the waiting limo to take us home.  Unfortunately, it seemed we were walking towards the throngs of people and our friend Steve, who had only one leg, was having a very difficult time and looked as though he was not going to make it.  He stumbled several times and we tried to assist him, but the crowd was becoming impassable.

    I remember thinking-whispering, “Lord he is not going to make it without Your help”.  With that, out of nowhere, came a man dressed in a police uniform.  He was head and shoulders above the crowd and said to us, “Follow me”.  With that, we walked forward with him leading and the crowd literally opened up and made a path for us to walk through to get to the car.  He also gave us a warning not to fall for a scam going on with people offering rides in wheelchairs and then taking the person for ransom in order to be released.  Other than that, he did not speak.  We got to our waiting car, and I turned to thank him, but he was gone!  I looked all around, and he was nowhere to be found.  The crowds were swirling around us again, but we were safely in the car and able to slowly proceed.

    What was I thinking?  Lord, You heard my prayer and sent an angel to make a way for us!  Was I ever praising God?  Absolutely!  There was no doubt in my mind that the Lord protected Steve and all of us with him.  So, this day and forever I will never forget God’s mercy and grace as He heard my simple prayer and the cry of my heart.  He answered in His perfect, will and way.  To God be the glory - great things He has done, is doing and will do.  Praise the Lord!

    Your sister in Christ,
    Ruth Koenemann

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