Ann Fitzgerald's Blog

Articles/talks by Ann Fitzgerald regarding the power of prayer,

the daily reading of the Bible (The Word of God)

along with seasonal church related observances

I woke up this morning...

....a vast sea of nothingness in a world torn. The world rocks in pain, countries tremble as families fail, mothers crying for their children, children seeking.

God's creation now broken and our hearts must be broken too as we pray, as we stand in the gap and intercede for all the peoples of the world, for all those that cry still in the darkness.

       Praise be to God who is the LIGHT, who sent the LIGHT, who walked amongst us,

                   the Whole amongst the broken, the Light amidst the darkness,

                         the Immortal interfacing with the mortal

                                 holding gently the broken hearts of the people He so loves.

           But I know, and I'm here to say, that God holds the pieces

                and strings them together,

                                strings them together on a scarlet thread,

                                                a string of pearls, a string of priceless pearls.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity-the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. 1 Timothy 2:19 new living translation

Ann Fitzgerald

November 8, 2020

prayer walking

The ultimate purpose of prayer is for an ever-growing intimacy between God and his people. God created fellowship when he created man and woman to walk together in the beauty of the garden for an eternity in His presence but Man broke this relationship when he chose to walk away from fellowship with God into a world of brokenness and longing. Throughout scripture God has continued seeking his people and calling them to walk with him and to draw close to him in prayer.

Prayer walking is unceasing fellowship with Christ in this world for the purpose of interceding on the world’s behalf for redemption and to further the kingdom of God in this place. This type of prayer lets us pray using the sights and sound to engage body, mind and heart in our prayers for people anywhere we can travel. It is ‘praying on-site with God’s sight’.

This week Pastor Pat will pass out small prayer guides using the 23rd psalm to pray for people as we walk through our communities. I pray that this booklet will be empower each of us to greater intimacy with God and powerful intercession in this place.  

Ann Fitzgerald

November 1, 2020

The perfect tea table

One day a long time ago when I was a little girl, I wanted to have tea with my friends. I gathered my dolls and my teacups and finding a place in the shade of a big tree I spread a white tablecloth with pink edging. A yellow vase with carefully chosen flowers growing by the walkway gave the table elegance. I placed each doll in her own chair except for the Nancy doll who leaned against the table because she could not bend. Finally, I set out cookies and tiny cups of apple juice in front of each place and than sat back to admire my work.

I brushed a small spider off my doll’s hair and cleared away twigs that fell from the tree. I sat there all afternoon diligently guarding my work. My friends called me to play but I could not hear them. I would not look away from my task. My mother’s call to dinner caught my attention and I looked up. The setting sun had cast long shadows, a chilly breeze knocked over the tea but my friends were gone and I was alone. I had forgotten to ask them to join me.

I was so busy setting up and guarding the perfect table that I had no time with my friends. I had lost sight of my mission.

The commitment to church holds the same risk. We can become so diligent in the actions of worship that the purpose of church eludes us. The beginning of any Christian work must have the common purpose to know God and to grow into His likeness serving others to grow God’s kingdom here on earth. If we lose focus of God’s purpose for our church, we might find ourselves guarding a perfectly set tea table without guests.

Ann Fitzgerald 5/25/20

Promises, Promises...

How do I know I can trust you? Why should I trust you this time? I thought you loved me but you followed another. I waited for you and you never came. These are familiar words in a world where  broken promises are common

But there is One who will never break his promises. In this world where our relationships are clouded by  betrayals and disillusionment there is a God whose every promise is sure. Hallelujah, He has risen  indeed! 

I have been reading about God’s promises this week. I am often a slow learner when it comes to God’s word and his instruction. Thankfully the Holy Spirit is steadfast and continues to teach me even when I  am stubborn in my thoughts. Today I was captured by these words with the thought that God will not  forget me nor abandon me.  

I have made you; you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you. I

have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the

morning mist. Isaiah 44:21, 22 NIV

Hallelujah, He has risen indeed!! I hope you will take the time to read and 

meditate on such a wonderful promise as is found in Isaiah 44:21-23.

Further thoughts to read and explore on this same theme of promises:

1 Corinthians 1:9  God is faithful; by him you were called into the

fellowship of His Son, Jesus, Christ.

Hebrews 10:35 , Do not therefore abandon that confidence of yours; It brings great reward.

I encourage you to use the Daily Texts for daily scripture readings and prayers.

                          Ann Fitzgerald ... 4-25-20

Brothers and Sisters,

Easter morning was quiet on the outside, but jubilant in my heart this year.

The words "living hope" from 1 Peter 1:3 stood out to me in my reading from this morning's daily text. Living hope gives a sharp contrast to the current silence in our cities. Doubt, fear, loneliness are a few emotions that can plague us as we remain in our homes and away from the familiar security of favorite places, stabilizing schedules and people we love. But right in the middle of this pandemonium comes Easter! Hallelujah.

I pray that each of us will stand firm in our faith through daily reading of scripture and time spent in prayer. Let us rejoice in the living hope that was given to us when we were given new life in the resurrection of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah

I miss each of you and look forward to the day we will meet again.

Blessings,  Ann

1 Peter 3:3-5

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.


Ann Fitzgerald Jerusalem 2019 Talk about Palm Sunday

Ann Fitzgerald says "Jerusalem is behind me overlooking the gate that Jesus would have entered riding on the donkey."

Posted: Palm/Passion Sunday 4-5-20

Small steps into meditation

God calls to us in the midst of this world’s demand on our time, energies and thoughts. In the midst of this world’s demands God waits for us to come to him for rest. It is not an easy thing to set aside the pressing things of life but here are a few things that help me to slow down my tendency toward feverish activity both of mind and of body.

  • Be still. I slow down my breath allowing it to sync with the beat of my heart as I soften muscles in my neck and back.  I start out with a simple prayer asking God to help me be still in presence and to see his reflection in his creation. Take small steps. Practicing this step is a good beginning.
  • Play music. Music has great power in the human mind. I look for soft music that will open my mind and heart to the presence of God. Take small steps. Choosing some music is a good beginning.
  • Trust the Holy Spirit to understand the words you speak with your mouth or in your heart. St. Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us “with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26)

The following scriptures offer a devotional reading to take small steps into meditation and a deeper walk with God. Reading the full chapter offers a deeper understanding of each verse. Take small steps. choose a verse at a time allowing God’s word to sink deeply into your mind and soul.

    You are precious in God’s sight; Set time alone with God daily to renew your heart and soul.

   John 3:16, Ephesians 1:4-5, Isaiah 49:16, Isaiah 43:1,2, 

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

   God knows your journey; Pray for courage to let God be your teacher and your guide.

   Matt 11:28-30, Proverbs 4:20-27, Ephesians 2:10, 1st 

Thessalonians 5:23-28

   God longs to transform your heart; Pray for grace to be diligent in devotion

Psalm 119:19-16, Ezekiel 36:26, Ezekiel 11:17-21, Jerimiah:33

God will give you rest; Ask God to show you a place for quietness in heart, soul and mind  Exodus 33:14, Mark 6:30, Psalm 4:8

Ann Fitzgerald January 19, 2020