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Sunday Psalm: Reverse the Curse of Death

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I nearly died from a heart attack in December 2015. Praise God I did not. But since then I’ve realized how close to death we live. Jesus, however, called himself the Resurrection and the Life. Then he conquered death to prove it. Living close to death then is living closer to true life. That reality, realizing how close I live to death and that Jesus overcame death brings constant joy to my daily living. I hope this prayer ushers you into that place of living with joy and peace though only a hairs’ breadth from death. Jesus reversed the curse of death.

Death is closer than we think.
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Living God,

From the moment we are born, we are dying. Decay surrounds us. Every medicine, invention, philosophy, and government promises only temporary hope against the inevitable.

Lord of life,

All the while you, the Resurrection and Life, walk quietly beside us offering us real life, now and forever.

Open our eyes to see and believe in your power to reverse the curse of death. Comfort those who have lost or are losing loved ones. Speak hope of life eternal. Give us faith to abide in you for all time.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

A new day with Christ

Here is last week’s prayer and other thoughts on life: Sunday Psalm: Hope in the Storms of Life,

My Heart Attack, the Barr Brothers, and Prayer,

How to Awaken Wonder in Life: A Story and Prayer and

Sunday Psalm: A Heartfelt Plea for God to Flood the Darkness with His Light

9 thoughts on “Sunday Psalm: Reverse the Curse of Death”

  1. Georgie Ann Kettig

    yes, amen,… “Life” is a greater mystery than just “taking it at face value”,… how do we learn to understand these things?,… by what we “see”/perceive only?,… by what others tell us?,… by thinking and reflecting?,… by what brings us joy and/or sadness?,… by “looking for meaning”?,…

    how do we process all the differences and conflicts that seem to spontaneously arise?,… is someone or something “responsible” for this?,… are there “other influences” besides what we are able to “see and hear” going on at the human level?,… does anything “transcend” the visible?,…

    what causes “chaos”?,… what brings “peace”?,… can we find help?,… perhaps, hopefully, as we realize our temporary (and vulnerable) status, as citizens of this earth, we can also “seek and find” the “timeless answers” that God has provided for us, through His faithful helpers, in His Word,… yes ~ “a True Light shines in our darkness”!,… (-:

      1. Georgie Ann Kettig

        lololol ~ I decided to take you up on the “timeless answers” challenge, and was going to have some fun checking out Bible Gateway references and quotes, but (for some reason) they are not copy-and-pasting easily, which has never happened to me before,…

        I’ll try to put a few below, if they will copy well,… but this is all I could “capture” in about an hour’s worth of messing around with it, which is very ridiculous,…

        Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

        Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.”

        Proverbs 14:6 “A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands.”

        Proverbs 11:27 “He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.”

        of course, I intended to include “ask, seek, knock”, so since these went well, I’ll do so,…

        (Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking)
        Luke 11:9,10 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

        apparently, my “troubles” were/are because I was trying to use a blank email page to try to organize the quotes, and there must be some other electronic influences connected to those pages,… anyway, it’s a bit “too much for me”,…

        my “basic analysis” of these few biblical quotes is that they show that there is “Something” that exists beyond the simple tangible “human realm” ~ it exists and tries to communicate with us, and for our benefit,… they also depict a divided-ness in the basic human situation, which is characterized by those who truly do seek “good” (and who will be blessed accordingly), and those who seek evil (and who will not perceive or understand the good),…

        so, this addresses the existence of “more than human” (or transcending human) influence, as well as the chaos-inducing conditions due to the conflicting influences of “good” vs “evil”, which are both present in the human population,…

        I would have been happy to go on and show further quotes about the grandness, majesty and character of “our Good God”, as well as giving “the descriptive scoop on enemy satan”, but my electronic printed-quote-handling techniques were not up to the challenge,… my apologies,… it would have been fun, and I probably could have learned a lot,… cool idea!,… (-:

          1. Georgie Ann Kettig

            So, it occurred to me later, that one of the “very important things (limitations, drawbacks)” that I was trying to indicate about the futility of trying to understand “Life” by what we each can only “see, hear, experience” at the human level, is that we become our own (default-setting) reference point,… (which can be known as “egoism”,… and too often translates into “might makes right” solutions),…

            in this way, each person can allow him/herself to consider their own point of view to be “valid”, and even superior to that of others,… (if this isn’t a recipe for chaos and confusion, I don’t know what is!),…

            sure, we can acknowledge that everyone is very likely to have “their own personal viewpoint, opinions and feelings” about things,… this is called “subjectivity” / based on “I, me, mine”,… but each “I, me, mine” can’t be allowed to become overly presumptuous, and assume that it is “more right” and/or “more important and entitled” than the other “I, me, mines” around it,… (I think that this is an inherent and irrational “human challenge” that is kind of famous for often being confronted in the early toddler years, although in these times of prolonged cultural adolescence and “who knows what else?”, one wonders what is really going on “out there”, anymore),…

            So, beyond “naturally occurring” (disaster-prone) universal personal subjectivity, do we have other options?,… I think that this is “the crux” of the matter,… which leads to seeking and acknowledging that, yes! ~ there IS Something purposeful and beneficial that exists beyond the vulnerable and mortal level of human life, and we are free to discover it, and to interact with it,… in fact, we are invited and urged to do so!,… God will introduce Himself to us through His Word, deliver our understanding from chaos, selfishness, and deception, and lead us “not only into Glory”, but also into much better ways of “living this Life”, than the limited “I, me, mine” subjective cocoons could ever dream of,…

            So, that’s what I was trying to “get at”, scriptural-ly,… (-:

  2. Georgie Ann Kettig

    I’d also like to mention that God will inform us about the beauty and drama of the role of Redemption, played by His Son, Jesus, on our behalf,… we’ll get to know Jesus in personal, inspiring, and healing ways,… “repentance” becomes understandable, as we acknowledge that the subjective “I, me, mine” point of view had locked us into a lonely and selfish framework, that on its own, could not guide us well through Life,… (-:

      1. Georgie Ann Kettig

        on beyond the basic crippling “psychiatric” situation and limitations of “man/woman trying to live life without God”, are the wonderful topics of Love and the power of Truth (and of course, so much more! ~ “healing”, “family”, etc), which certainly deserve a Bible Gateway “scripture reference study”,… what a great way to develop and follow “a Biblical train of thought”!,…

        yes, once we “take God’s hand” as our partner and guide through Life, we acquire “new eyes for seeing” and a “new heart for understanding and interpreting” all the evidence that is spread out before us,… enjoy the feast!,… as your photographs so often do!,… anyway ~ “all for now”,…

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