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Feb 6, 2010

Morning Prayer ~ My Rizpah

Did ancient Rizpah pray to you as she beat off birds by day and beasts by night? I imagine her hands never resting and her heart beating fast.
I want to know, did she feel her mind would go before her body? But the King intervened…finally. Her sons’ honor restored and thus hers.
You see the birds that swoop. You hear the snarl of beasts. You, my King, are my only hope. Restore, I pray to You.
Jesus’ Name, Amen.
(Note to readers: The concept of "mourning" prayers in my "morning prayers" is not lost on me. Yes, these are words from a grieving mother. We so often pray from our "location" and grief is where I am.)
Unfamiliar with the story of Rizpah, I write about her here.


  1. and you NEED to grieve Melanie.

    I pray this weekend you have some moments of joy with your family...

  2. The Bible says there is a time to mourn, and even Jesus wept over death of a loved one.

    Today I am praying Psalm 30 for you.

    Love - Kelly

  3. I'm praying for YOU today as you beat off the birds trying to steal, kill, and destroy! So very thankful that you know the KING as your rescuer and protector.

    Love to you~

  4. Joining these others in prayer for a healthy mourning at the feet of Jesus. Pour your heart out, sweet friend!
    Love and hugs, andrea

  5. Melanie,
    I love it..How can you go wrong following the advice of Psalm 62:8
    "Trust in Him at all times, you people;Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." God is healing your heart.

  6. Melanie: I continue to pray and continue to say I am so sorry for your loss. Martha

  7. I see God with you in your grief... prayers and hugs and love to you and yours.

  8. He is a God of RESTORATION - all in His perfect timing!

    Praying and trusting for His GRACE to wash over you like a hot bath today!

    2 Timothy 1
    8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and GRACE.

    Hugs, Stephanie
    JESUS ONLY in 2010

  9. I am praying for you and your family. There will come a time that your mourning will be turned to Joy...and you will see him again! But during this time I pray for God's eternal presence to surround you.

  10. Melania, you are praying your life right now. Ann Weems wrote her powerful "Psalms of Lament" when she was grieving the homocide of her son Todd. As in the Hebrew psalms, she cried out in rage and anguish, wailing over injustice and loss. She entered into her sorrow and brought the hollowness of her heart into her prayer. She did not deny her anger and heartache. Instead she did as many in the scriptures did before her..she voiced her hurt and trusted God to receive her wailing with the utmost tenderness.
    I continue to encourage you to draw near to the Compassionate One, and cry out the pain that lives in your soul. And I will continue to journey with you in my own way, through prayer, for you and yours.