A belated gift from me to you

Column Post by Aj Luck

It’s the day after Christmas. How are you feeling?

Did you sing songs of Peace on Earth, yet struggle with Peace inside your heart?

Did you sit at king-sized feasts surrounded by family and friends, or simply struggle to put food on your own table?

Maybe you found yourself alone, against your will, with a bitter and broken heart. No matter how hard you tried, you simply did not feel like celebrating this year.

Maybe you have had a really rough year and Christmas just didn’t even make it to your home this year, let alone your heart.

Maybe your tree is filled with opened gifts underneath, yet you still find yourself wanting what you cannot have.

I know Christmas is technically over. But would you mind if I shared a gift with you—even if it is a day late?

When I am hurting, stressed out, tired, inadequate, or simply mentally drained, I find my journal and my pen and I write a letter to my Creator. He is my secret-keeper, my healer, the one who knows me better than I know myself.

I pray on paper.

There is power in prayer- yes, even if it is written out.

Would you mind if I prayed for you today?

“Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you so much for the time of celebration you’ve granted us this week. I know it’s really a birthday party for you, and that without you being born into this world, we would never have the gift of calling on you as Savior and friend. In the frenzy of preparation and celebration, my heart has been a little heavy. Some great things have happened this year, but there has also been a lot of tragedy. God, there are many people who are lonely, hurting, and battling fears in ways I could never imagine.

Yet I know you are there with them. They have lost
loved ones
children
jobs
homes
income
security
health
and more.

In the middle of the dark places, Father, I know you are there. I pray that you would send
healing
comfort
security
peace
provision
rest
and more to everyone who is hurting, lonely, lost, broken, and needing assurance from you. You are their creator. You know them each by name. I pray that you would wrap your arms around them and hold them tight. Allow them to release their hurt and cling to you. Please reveal yourself in greater measure, strengthening them with each step they take.

And finally Lord Jesus, if they don’t know you, could you gently reveal yourself to them? Meet them where they are, and pour out your presence upon them. Please Lord, it sure would mean a lot to me. In your precious name I pray.

Amen”

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 NLT

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Aj is a blogger, bookworm, wife and mommy, and an author of children’s books, spiritual thrillers, and inspirational works. Aj’s blog, Shattered Perspectives, is dedicated to encouraging and helping women who have suffered and/or are struggling with abuse. In her spare time Aj can be found nursing cold Diet Cokes and searching for awesome bargains in nearby thrift stores. She resides in Florida with her husband, son, two dogs and the biggest diva of a Siamese cat ever, and can be reached by email at aj@shatteredperspectives.com. For media requests pertaining to Write Where It Hurts, please contact Aj at info@WriteWhereItHurts.org.

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8 thoughts on “A belated gift from me to you

  1. Excellent post, Aj! The good news is that my husband gave me a special gift for Christmas that lines up with this post…my own leather bound journal with my name engraved on the front cover. My husband specifically requested that I use this journal to write inspirations, positive notes, and prayers. I think I’m going to call it my 2013 Positive Prayer Journal. At the end of the year, I will be able to read all of the positive experiences and answers to prayers in which God blessed me.

  2. thank you for the prayer, AJ. I also write out my prayers, and really need to commit more time to simply journaling. It is such a help!

  3. Dana,
    Thank you for your comment. It made my heart smile.
    HOW EXCITING about your new journal! I know I always get kind of giddy whenever I get a new notebook, journal or even sketch pad. I am addicted to office supplies. Lol!
    I am so encouraged to read about your 2013 plan for your journal. It sounds awesome!
    Keep us updated.
    I have no doubt you will be amazed reading back over your entries at this time next year.
    Love and hugs always,
    Aj <3

  4. Loretta,
    Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it.
    I have found over the years that I almost pray better on paper. (lol)
    I encourage you to keep the pages of your journal wide open this year as you continue to pour out your heart to your Creator.
    I have a sneaky suspicion He saves all of our letters to him in a shoebox in Heaven. 🙂
    Love and prayers,
    Aj <3

  5. Yes I lost my independence this christmas because I dislocated my hip twice in one week and therefore had to go to hospital twice and am now awaiting a new hip in the new year.
    So as I am more or less housebound I decided to stay at my son’s house for the Christmas period and realized i was going to miss out on midnight mass as the household went out for seasons celebrations i stayed home and was blessed to watch God channel this was a blessing to me as it is so easy to dwell in the secular world and not link up spiritually to our Saviour. and so…. the Lord was with me in the quiet of the night and I was filled with Joy, thank you God that I am blessed with Christians who support my belief and help me on the straight and narrow path. God bless you for your unfailing support on the Christian Journey.

    • Carmelina,
      I am sorry to hear about your hip. – OUCH! :,(
      I am praying that you are able to get a new hip very quickly in the new year.
      I am sorry to read you had to miss mass, but it looks like God decided to meet you right where you were. 🙂
      It is always so sweet when we get to spend precious time with our Creator.
      I know that EVERYONE here at Write Where it Hurts is so glad that you are part of our community.
      It warms our heart to know we are all together in this journey called life.
      God bless you.
      Love, hugs and prayers!
      <3
      Aj

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