Yes, I am a keeper but not a keeper of shoes or clothes, of my house or car but I am a keeper of you; my brother and my sister. I am a keeper of you when I pray for you even though I may not personally know you. I am a keeper of you when I can speak on your situation without knowing what it is. Now, get this because I didn’t say gossip about your situation but I said I can speak on it and when I speak on it, I’m talking to somebody I know can fix it. This is why I am praying for you this morning. I am praying for the mother who paced the floor all night long. I am praying for the father who has no job and worried about how he will support his family. I am praying for the daughter who is dealing with peer pressure from so called friends. I am praying for the son who has anger issues and it is ruining his life. I am praying for the sister whose grief is consuming her days and nights, for the brother with the substance abuse problem and for the child who is toiling with grown folk’s problems and contemplating suicide. I am praying for the parents whose son was killed on last night by the hands of someone with no conscience. I am praying for the mother whose child is fighting in a war and she doesn’t know if he/she is coming home. I am praying for the teacher who is an alcoholic and won’t get help. I am praying for the coach who finds joy watching the children undress in gym, for the principal who is sleeping with a student, for the police officer who is using his job to bully folks and for the boss who gets paid the mega bucks while his employees are suffering. I am praying for the pastor who doesn’t care that members of his congregation are barely eating, for the deacon who never serves and the usher who never helps. I am praying for the person who is driving drunk and almost killed somebody on their way home from the bar, for the person whose is serving a prison term for something they didn’t do and for the person who actually committed the crime and got away with it because they actually haven’t. Which is why the bible says in Romans 12:19, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”, Yes, I am praying for you because I am your keeper. I can pray for you without calling your name because even though I don’t know the situation, I know a situation fixer, a problem solver, a right now in my time kind of man, a heavy load sharer, a mind regulator, door opener, lifter when you’re down, a tear wiper when your tears won’t stop, a doctor when man has given up, a comforter when you feel lonely in your own home, someone who walks with you in the dark times and someone who can carry you when you can no longer go one. So you see, no matter your situation, you’re covered!
God has given me authority to do these things because Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” So, I am only doing what I am supposed to be doing. If we, as Christian women & young women, would pray for one another instead of gossiping, bring each other up instead of tearing one another down, comfort instead of confronting, fast instead of fight, praise instead of partying, anoint instead of arguing, witness instead of worrying, testify instead of terrifying; imagine, just imagine how much better our lives would be. The bible states in Job 14: 1, “That a person born of a woman is of a few days and full of trouble.” And if you’ve already been promised trouble before you were even born, why add to it? Why should I be jealous of the clothes and shoes you wear when God says if I ask and it shall be given? Why should I wish for your blessings when Gods says knock and the door will be opened for you? See; don’t pray for my blessings because your legs may not be able to walk through the storm I did to get this blessing. Your shoulders may not be able to carry the burdens mine have to get my car. Your back may not be able to endure the backstabbing by friends mine have to get my house. Your body may not be able to handle the sickness that mine has in order to get my testimony. Your heart may not be able to handle the heartache mine has in order to get my husband. Your eyes might not be able to handle the amount of tears mine have shed in order to reap from my harvest.
We as Christians have to be keepers of one another. When you lean, I’ll be standing beside you to prop you up. When you fall, I’ll be there to reach down and grab your hand to pick you up. When you cry, I’ll offer my sleeve to wipe your tears. When you talk, I’ll offer my ears to listen. When you need a comforting word, I’ll offer my voice as a vessel of God’s word. When you’re going through, I’ll be standing in front of you to offer my arms for a hug. And when you need me to just be there, I’ll do that too. I’ll do all of these things because I am your keeper!