I’ve a very good friend. He has consistently prayed for and with me through many difficult times. He was the first to come when my son died. He took me out for coffee at 3 a.m. when Jeremiah was arrested last June. He has encouraged me so much.
He is also my pastor.
He has had challenges also. And, on occasion, he has permitted me to help.
He promoted a monthly prayer chain, 24 hours once a month, in a room we have set aside for it. And in that room I have enjoyed many blessings. One of which is exploring prayer through my art (which is the subject of an upcoming post).
Out of that exploration my friend invited me to try my hand at painting a prayer during the service on Christmas Morning.
I chose to paint Mary’s song of praise: the Magnificat.
In January this good friend of mine went home to be with his brother who is dying of cancer. There is a powerful story there and I am tempted to tell it. But I want you to hear it from my friend, who gave a message on it today.
But I would like to share this. This man has accepted the Lord, after many years of rejecting faith and family, living homeless.
While my friend was there I prayed for him and his brother, and as I have learned to do, I prayed while doing art.
While sketching out this image I got the news of his change of heart. Here is that picture: “Prodigal”.
A heart of stone has rolled aside to make room for the Lord.