Survivor Guilt: Some random thoughts and a "Worker's Prayer"

Waking up in the morning a week after the Dayton tornadoes, I heard the Small Voice that I have come to know and love and long for …


You are suffering from Survivor Guilt!

Aha! that explains it … the anxiety, antsy-ness, irritability … the wanting to do something … but what? So much devastation in our communities, but not us!

I haven’t processed it all but this has put me at peace, because the Lord has been speaking HIS words into my soul. Can I just share them with you in the hopes that He speaks to your soul too.

I call these random, but nothing is random if God is the Source:

This is a recurring thought —

But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Matthew 6:3 NLT

About not analyzing motives (which can’t always be clearly discerned), Pauls’ attitude —

But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.
Philippians 1:18 NLT

Jesus speaking —

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
John 13:35 NLT

About love in and through us —

What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
Galatians 5: 6 NLT

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13: 13 NLT

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

And as my daughter-in-law Cortney says, “Nothing is too small.”

And as my Physical Therapist reminded me, “I need to continue to do what I am doing well. I never know whom I may minister to through just doing my work consistently and well.”

Thank you for your revelation that YOU are living in and through me in YOUR way for YOUR glory, no matter how small, and no matter how imperfectly your instrument (me) responds to needs.
YOU are manifesting YOURSELF in and through it all.
Keep on providing for the needs around us through your people.