The Greatest Longing of the Heart August 2, 2017

There is a yearning so deep and profound that is surpasses the fun, frolicking activities that can easily fill warm summer days. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, listening for the Lord’s direction. The longing is to make a difference in this world, to bring encouragement, healing, and compassion to hurting people.


The word that came to my mind first, as I focused on the Lord, is a more basic yearning, for food, water, clothing, and shelter. It is the longing for the people, that the gnawing pain of their physical hunger be abated and life-giving, clean water flow for their thirst.


How can I translate my longing, to bring hope to those who seem without hope? That is where Good Samaritan Ministries steps in, to be the vital link from many who live in such abundance that it is hard to imagine such suffering to those who need hope desperately. The physical needs are provided for first and with the return of health, the life-changing message of God’s love is shared. Even though I am not able to , reach out personally to people who need so very much, I am able to team up with Good Samaritan Ministries in their global outreach to people who are hurting. Physical and emotional needs are treated with respect and every person valued.


As I pondered this longing, I asked the Lord what more could I do? I wanted to go even deeper than the giving of my resources to alleviate physical suffering. I could not even describe how this longing grabbed a hold of my life. It seemed like I was experiencing the emotional suffering that was borne out of profound physical suffering; it felt like I was locked in a vise and could not escape neither the hunger and thirst, nor the emotional pain that became seared into my soul.


Something new was being molded in me. The Lord whispered in His gentle, loving way, “The answer to your longing is to pray for these who suffer so debilitatingly. He has been taking me on a journey of praying more consistently and more purposefully. I have so long merely glanced at pictures of those suffering from hunger and thirst; I could not take in their pain, for it triggered my own suffering (even though it was a different pain). The Lord is challenging me to go deeper, on behalf of those who are suffering such overwhelming trauma. He has assured me that His love will sustain me, as I reach out both physically, partnering with GSM, and in prayer.


As I reach out in faith, and enter into a new depth of prayer for others, I sense that the Lord does not want to leave me in my comfortable life, hardly aware of the tremendous suffering of so many people. The more I allow myself to follow His lead, the more He will do in me and through me.





    “We can do no great things – only small things with great love.”       Mother Teresa



Freda experienced physical and sexual abuse. She was broken and confused for years. As a young woman, she sought counseling for 12 years. When she began to grow in her Christian faith, she realized the depth of healing in the words of the Bible. She then combined tiny steps of healing with those comforting Scriptures and wrote Flame of Healing: A Daily Journey of Healing from Abuse and Trauma, a devotional with a journal, for in-depth, personal healing. Flame of Healing is helping people in 6 countries to heal from deep emotional pain from abuse and trauma.

Freda is also an inspirational speaker, addressing issues of abuse and trauma with compassion. She is a wife of 39 years, mother of three adult children, grandmother of one, and a child of God.

Her second book, Resurrection Hope, is a Christian novel about Heaven, angels, and living in the Presence of God. Freda’s website is: www.fredaemmons.com.


Bethany Stroup

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