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Prayer Requests . . .

 

Please enter your prayer requests for friends and loved ones below…..

 

 

314 Responses to Prayer Requests . . .

  1. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Please pray for my son, S, who will be losing his job in January, and for my husband, who has chronic pain issues.

     

     

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Ernest prayers for you all…

       

       

    • Kristi says:

       

       

      St Joseph, patron Saint of Fathers and the unemployed, please pray for the intentions of our friend, Menagerie.

       

       

    • yomotley says:

       

       

      Menagerie, Prayers for both your son (Oh to be a mother and watch our children face hardship) and you husband. You will have a special place in my prayers that you may find comfort and peace in your “holding everyone else up”. May you feel strength in the knowledge each morning when you wake, knowing someone across the miles has already got your day ready by praying for you. (I am a very early riser)

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        To know that I have found this special group of people is as great a comfort as the prayers. Thank you Motley, your words touch my heart. As you well understand, no pain has ever matched my hurting when my children hurt, and this son has had many hurts (lots of his own making) to recover from. I am old enough to know some of the best of me came from hard times. Still hurts worse when it’s my child.

         

         

        • Integrity1st says:

           

           

          Ditto everything out of Managerie’s mouth, most especially about how blessed we are to have our fellow Honies. PS Remember when Menagerie was shy, (or maybe just content to lurk), and didn’t say much??? How glad I am that such is no longer the case. Thankful for Menagerie’s contributions to our group.

           

           

          • Menagerie says:

             

             

            I always wanted to contribute pre Honeytrail, but I had questions to ask as well as comments, and I just did not want the stress of being called the T word. Here I feel really comfortable. Thank you for your kind words. I always used to pray for everyone who told their needs, but it feels wonderful to know that I am able to have so many pray for my needs, especially my son. I’m so worried about his job situation. Thank you all so very much. I love this idea, this thread.

             

             

  2. yomotley says:

     

     

    Prayers offered for FtN’s father and a prayer for care-taker mercies showered upon FtN.

     

     

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Loving prayers for FtN and her father.

       

       

    • sundancecracker says:

       

       

      Indeed Susan and her father are in our daily prayers.

       

       

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        Thank you. I just saw this. Talked with the hospice nurse this AM and told her my dad is dying a bi-polar death. He goes from teetering on the edge, to sitting at the table whistling, back to teetering again–in a stiff wind! I can’t do these wild swings with him!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “How is your dad?” “Um, you mean RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT, don’t you? Because 5 minutes from now it may be different!” >8-(

         

         

  3. sundancecracker says:

     

     

    Prayers for TNWHAM and her daughter. Praying for a transplant kidney donor for her daughter.

     

     

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Somewhere there is a kidney….please find your way to TNWHAM.

       

       

    • TNWAHM says:

       

       

      Thank you so much for thinking of us. You don’t know how much your prayers have helped. These last few days have been crazy. To add to our stress, my dh is worried about his job because of all the insurance costs for our daughter. Her dialysis bill for a month is between $55-60K. I can’t believe that his boss could be that cold and insensitive, but my husband is a worrier. I know God can and does heal; sometimes He uses the medical profession and sometimes He heals miraculously.

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        I have remembered your daughter’s problems since the first time you posted on the other site, and I have kept you and your family in my prayers. I cannot immagine your worries, and especially your husband’s. I will continue to pray that your daughter be healed, and your family be at peace.

         

         

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

       

       

      Prayers for TNWHM’s daughter and the whole family.

       

       

  4. wendy ann says:

     

     

    Saying prayers for all of your special intentions….

     

     

  5. Jennifer H says:

     

     

    I love this feature, thank you and praying for all who have asked that prayers be said for their loved ones and for themselves when difficult situations arise.

     

     

  6. Integrity1st says:

     

     

    I’m not as well versed and as comfortable with my relationship with God as so many of you here. Obviously the other day I felt I got a strong sign, and gift, but I spend more time asking him about the sufferring of so many, and my inability to understand why he can’t do more to, for example, stop a tsunami when he could part waters, etc., etc. and why so often I see evil prevail over very good people. As a result, perhaps out of guilt to be asking for things when I’m so perplexed and questioning, I tend to do more thanking than praying. And so, I am thankful that TNW has all of you to pray for her daughter, and I join you in wishing the very best outcome for something so serious and scary. I am thankful that Susan has so much resilience and stamina to get through such trying times with her father’s health. I’m thankful JRD has so many people here who feel and understand how much our precious animals can be loved and we hurt for them. I am thankful for any prayers you can say for the so many victims of court corruption whose lives and liberty are in total stress and jeopardy everyday with no where to turn to get justice and stop the insanity, and I am ultra, ultra thankful for this group of wonderful, abundantly intelligent, compassionate, snarky, and fun, God and Country loving Honies we have gathered here, and miraculously so.

     

     

    • yomotley says:

       

       

      I hold dear others’ prayers for me, but I also treasure when people empathize with me and feel for me and simply think of me in times of need. I am sure your honesty is appreciated and your kind words and thoughts are a comfort. You will be in my prayers and thoughts.

       

       

    • Wraith says:

       

       

      I’m not as well versed and as comfortable with my relationship with God as so many of you here. Obviously the other day I felt I got a strong sign, and gift, but I spend more time asking him about the sufferring of so many, and my inability to understand why he can’t do more to, for example, stop a tsunami when he could part waters, etc., etc. and why so often I see evil prevail over very good people. You and me both. I was an atheist until this year. To quote the great philosopher Butt-Head, “Well, if everything was cool, and nothing sucked…how would you know?” There cannot be light without darkness. There cannot be joy without pain. This, I believe, is why God allows the Devil to exist–so that we may more fully know His greatness by contrast to the Devil’s horrible works. The concepts of justice and mercy are made all the more clear by juxtaposition with their opposites. We humans are God’s children. We are meant to use our intellect and reason to learn, to grow, to be the best examples we can be. This is what every parent wishes for their children. But we’re nowhere near advanced enough to know all the answers–and those who think they do are fooling themselves. That’s the whole thing about faith. It means that sometimes, we just have to trust that God is good, and that He acts not out of caprice, but out of a desire to eventually elevate and benefit all of humanity. Eventually, when we are ready, He will show us why things had to happen the way they did. (Disclaimer: I’m no theologian…this is just my opinion. YMMV.)

       

       

      • Ad rem says:

         

         

        Wraith…for someone just a year into his faith, you show remarkable growth and sensitivity. Having you here with us, as this site is in it’s beginning stages, is a blessing for us all.

         

         

        • Wraith says:

           

           

          Thank you. :D And it’s really only a couple of months. =0

           

           

          • Integrity1st says:

             

             

            Wraith: Perhaps you would share how that came to be?

             

             

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              • sosmass says:

                 

                 

                Hi Wraith: I read, and am intrigued, but I thought I’d get the most from the article that incluenced you. I am unable to find it to read even though I tried on the I am Dagney site = ( I;m definately seeking more into.

                 

                 

                • Wraith says:

                   

                   

                  It really wasn’t any article anywhere that influenced me. It was, I believe, the Almighty making Himself known through my own mind. My job leaves me a lot of time to ponder the workings of the universe(which explains why I’m a little weird). I continually asked myself all those questions which skeptics ask those of faith…and I began coming up with answers. I found myself becoming an apologist for the Lord, basically against my will. And one day, as I drove home from work listening to the latest outrages that were being perpetrated against our Republic, I found myself praying from the bottom of my heart for God not to turn his back on us. I begged Him to give us one more chance, though many of us had given ourselves over to sin, and lost respect for the gift of liberty that He had allowed us to achieve. At that point, I pretty much had to admit that I was no longer an atheist. I never experienced that life-changing epiphany that many others have. Some folks change all at once, but those of us with a rebellious spirit can take a while. It takes one leap of faith. I don’t claim to know the mind of God…I likely never will, as our mortal brains are incapable of comprehending the totality of His will. I just have to believe that there is a reason for everything that happens, and that we are where we need to be. If you can just believe that there is a God, and He is good, you’re 99% there, whether you know it or not.

                   

                   

      • Integrity1st says:

         

         

        Me thinks I’m ALOT like you.

         

         

    • Thomas Hooker says:

       

       

      Gratitude is a prayer, and a precious one.

       

       

    • JRD says:

       

       

      When bad things happen the Lord is calling us to rise up and make a difference if nothing else. “Many are called but few are chosen.” Take for instance your present situation. You were definitely chosen to stand up and make a difference. Because you responded to His call you were blessed with His grace. How else can you explain how long you fought the good fight? Many people would have thrown in the towel long ago. You have my respect and admiration and I will look upon your endurance to propel me to fight harder when the Lord calls on me again. Take for instance what I am experiencing presently with my little angel Francesco. Only 4000 dogs a year out of the many millions get afflicted with SARDs. There are telltale signs that an animal is predisposed to Sards. One is that the animal refuses to jump down from a couch or bed. How many animals would refuse? Hardly any. When a vet is questioned by an owner why would the animal refuse to jump it should set up a red flag. I truly believe I am being called to get this information out there to educate the public about SARDs if nothing else. Naturally I would like to find a cure for Francesco but at least if I can feel that my experience created some good I will not be left bitter. The Lord works in strange ways. We will not understand until our souls join the spirit world. Until then all we can do is humbly answer His call when we are called. I’ll leave you with another picture of Francesco. He just loves to pose for the camera where I have found most dogs shy away. He also loves clothes and his little sister can’t stand them. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8587587@N08/5262921829/

       

       

  7. WeeWeed says:

     

     

    I pray for all of our Honeys who are facing struggles (to put it mildly) this Christmas season. The struggles are numerous. From serious family matters to evil weather, I pray for all of you. I start and end every day with the Lord’s Prayer, (and several during the day, for I am imperfect and sometimes bad-tempered!) and I say it now for all of you. God Bless You All.

     

     

    • Integrity1st says:

       

       

      WeeWeed, I think I’m going to try that. Of course I always say it when I’m being lead, but I shall try that on my own. My friend, a quadraplegic, and, of course, another vicitm of corruption I have tried to help to no avail, is the MOST AMAZING PERSON. He knows where I am in this, and tells me the story of a mustard seed of faith. Last time I visited him, which is very unoften, he said, “Everytime you go to bed at night throw your keys under the bed, do you know why? Because every morning you will begin your day by getting on your knees, and that’s a start.” [I thought that worth sharing]

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        This is a wonderful and wise friend. Believe it or not, I think it can be good to be mad at God. Sooner or later, you will get your answers. A legend of St. Teresa says she told God it was no wonder he had so few friends,given how he treated them. If I remember correctly,she was having a bad journey involving a broken wagon wheel.

         

         

        • TNWAHM says:

           

           

          Most of the Psalms are David’s rants against evil and evil people and he was a “man after God’s own heart.” God can handle our doubt, anger and insecurity. He’s big enough ~and secure enough~ to handle all our junk. He just wants us to share it with Him.

           

           

      • Ting says:

         

         

        Your friend gave you good advice. Try it for him. Imagine how he would love to be able to get on his knees for prayer. I don’t always get on my knees for prayer, but it feels so much better when I do! But one thing I do every day is to thank God for my marriage.

         

         

      • WeeWeed says:

         

         

        Excellent idea, Honey! The getting on your knees part….I don’t have to stretch much, usually the cat has my keys on the floor… we shall start the day out correctly from now on.

         

         

  8. violet says:

     

     

    Wow, this was a great idea. I have always loved the fact that folks here are so free and comfortable about asking for prayers for themselves and others. And that others are so ready to respond. What a wonderful community this is!

     

     

  9. Integrity1st says:

     

     

    My absolute, irrefutable, favorite show on TV is the Good Wife. Do you know what the underlying theme of tonite’s show was? PRAYING. It showed a girl questioning, another explaining and getting her to try it. She did. The scary outcome – an innocent man on death row, was spared minutes before being executed and given a new trial. The show ended with the girl, on her knees, praying (thanking?) on her own, with no one helping her to believe. Beyond the ‘coincidence’ is the fact that such a message is delivered from prime time TV. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Also, please remember when you watch outrageous things on TV like on Law and Order etc. whether about a corrupt judge or child abuse, all of these are based on similar stories derived from real life. I used to comfort myself with “it’s only TV”, but reality is – I’ve seen and heard it all. You can’t make this stuff up, much as we don’t want it to be true, AND COMMON.

     

     

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      We love you, I1st – your struggles are in my prayers, as well. We Are Here For You. I wish I could hug you in person, but know we are here.

       

       

      • Integrity1st says:

         

         

        You totally touched me and made me cry. Thank you.

         

         

        • GracieD says:

           

           

          I1st, your grace under pressure has been both humbling and Your frustration with the situation is palpable, but you manage to endure what would defeat a lesser person. You are in my prayers. I pray daily for everyone here. God is able to handle all of our problems. As I look back, there have been great lessons, even in the most painful of times.

           

           

          • Integrity1st says:

             

             

            Gracie: Sometimes I think I was chosen for this abuse to alert me to the other abuses out there, (far greater than mine when you consider losing CHILDREN to corruption, and, indeed, MURDER). I think I was given this because I have always believed that corruption by those in robes, carrying guns, or wearing the badges or the cloak of “Oath of Office”, perverting our laws are the worst of any kind of criminal. The Mafia is more respectable because they have not taken oaths to uphold our Constitution and our laws, AND THESE PEOPLE HAVE. My thinking is, I was dealt this specifically, because, “He never gives you more than you can handle”, and I cannot handle the sufferring of the sick or disabled, it is more than I can bare. I can better endure this, and very many other things, but it gets OLD, SCARY, and dibilitating. How much more I would chose to help those children and families destroyed by the child prostitution ring that rumor has it is why Police Chief L’Esperance is suspected, among other things, of having lost his gun and his badge for. Instead, I have been fighting him and the corrupt system in which he has operated for the past 10 years, getting no where, I might add, while all the while he has destroyed us. So, while I am imagined I was destined for this, I fantasize that I was instead, expending all this energy to help those victim from things beyond our control, than being victim of something so within our control to STOP, and yet rampent and funded by our taxdollars. Shoot, I’m on a rant. I apologize if this was not the appropriate place for this rant. Allow me to end with, Please pray for all the innocent in jail or whose lives are otherwise being destroyed by the powerful web of CORRUPTION in our Government who with no conscience continue to abuse so very many good people in their efforts to cover for their blatant and atrocious misconduct. I could name at least 50 people I personally know that would fall under this prayer request, and all it would take is for their abusers to follow the law.

             

             

            • GracieD says:

               

               

              I1st, What you have said about corruption could also apply to our Congress. The Dems do NOT care what the people think, and the Repubs do not appear to care much what the people think either…especially after yesterday’s vote on the Tax Bill. How much louder do We The People need to shout STOP THE SPENDING?!? They just do not get it. We can only hope that the incoming Repubs can make a difference. Here lately, I find myself begging God not to turn His back on America. That is my most fervent prayer.

               

               

  10. Menagerie says:

     

     

    I will stop in here daily to see what prayers I may offer for you all. Then I will pray for the unspoken ones in our hearts.

     

     

  11. Mrs. Compton says:

     

     

    I’m on another board where people will occasionally ask for prayers and good thoughts. I don’t have a very good memory so I started making circles and putting those names into the circle so that I could have them for my prayers. I’ve been amazed at all the good things that have happened from all that pray. When I’ve asked for myself, a very bad spiritual person, I have felt so uplifted from it. And my prayers have always been answered. I wish I could have the faith that you all have, I have tried so hard and been forced by family to find it, but alas I’m still looking. But I will keep all that ask inside my little circle and my thoughts and prayers will be with you.

     

     

  12. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    Computer issues (hereafter: CI) prevent me from even being able to log on much. The humility shown in these comments touches my heart. Requests for adult children who are hurting (sometimes due to their own choices) is sort of an “alternate home address” for us as well. Humility is a good place from which to approach God since it reflects reality, that we don’t have much to bring to the table in our own strength or smarts. It also reflects reality since He actually has invited us to come. I’m no theologian either, but I have read what Scripture says about Him and I have found it to be true. All the time. I don’t even know if I will be able to successfully post this, due to CI!…but wish you all a day that has some unexpected peace in it at the points where you are hurting.

     

     

  13. butchcracker says:

     

     

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Faith is fear turned inside out.We are only responsible for the effort,not the outcome! May the sunlight of the spirit shine on you and yours… We love you all.. SC n BC

     

     

  14. zmalfoy says:

     

     

    I am praying for all the intentions here, listed and not (nice thing about prayer, you can say “And all the things they forgot to mention” and He’ll know what you mean). If you would, please, pray for my church organist, Suzie, and her family. Suzie’s Mom died last Saturday, and the funeral is this Saturday. Also, I’m moving Friday, so any prayers you can spare, that it goes well and we don’t get a freak blizzard Thursday night. . . Thank you.

     

     

  15. wendy ann says:

     

     

    A friend sent me this: The Habit of Prayer is no burden to any one, for we can pray worthily at any time, in any place, and in any posture. Even the motion of the lips is not necessary; the mind and heart can be engaged in it while we read or converse or go about our daily work. Moreover, prayer produces a delicious feeling of hope and rest in God; and this feeling is worth more than all the happiness that wealth can purchase or the world can give. God respects not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how elegant they are; nor the music of our prayers, how melodious they are; nor the logic of our prayers, how methodical they are; but the sincerity of our prayers, how heart-sprung they are. – Anonymous

     

     

  16. Auntie Lib says:

     

     

    As a product of the 50′s Catholic school system, prayers are a constant part of my day. There was lots those old (probably some of them over thirty!) nuns rooted firmly in our fertile little brains; multiplication tables, spelling, basic catechism, and an unquestionable belief in the power of prayer. And one of my favorite lessons from one of my favorite teacher was that prayers don’t have to be fancy, formal, or said in any particular setting, because prayer is just a conversation with your best friend, God. That’s how I approach it, anyway. Anyway – you are all in my prayers every day as I ask my heavenly Buddy to bless and keep all my friends safe and well, and to pay special attention to the concerns and supplications that you bring to Him.

     

     

    • Ting says:

       

       

      Auntie Lib, all of my Dad’s prayers began: “Hey, Pal” and ended “Talk to ya later.” He was quite the talk of our little Episcopal Church, but in a good way. All of his young adult grandchildren have carried on the tradition, and are quite comfortable when called upon to offer an extemporaneous prayer in a group – they just start talking to their Friend. People seem to like it.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Lord….please smile upon us oldsters over thirty.

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      My oldest son (mentioned above) provided me with one of the most touching and awesome examples of prayer I have ever seen. He was a tiny little boy, saying his bedtime prayers in his cute little footy pajamas. He was a whirlwind, never still, and he asked MILLIONS of questions every day. He would never be satisfied unless he understood the answer completly. On this night, after he relentlessly prayed for family, pets, bugs and toys, he said “Dear lord, what did you do today?” He sat very quietly for a few moments, smiled and went to bed. I was flumoxed. Being young and not nearly as good at prayer as my little boy, I had never thought about asking God what he did. But this child who never stopped demanding an answer must have gotten one. It was just so………..innocent and real. It is one of the things that underpins my faith. God is, to me, evident in the simple moments.

       

       

  17. Library Countess says:

     

     

    Hi God… it’s me. Please undertake for all these requests, both spoken and unspoken. I pray a special blessing on all those who have come to this gathering place to share their hearts. May you comfort each of them in a special way designed just for them. I’m so touched by both those who ask for prayer and those who pray… what a blessing we are to one another. I continue to ask for prayer for my friend Dottie, dealing with terminal cancer… I am headed back to PA on Dec 22 and will hopefully see her on Christmas Eve. Dottie has begun giving things away (neat in a way, because she can gift those she cares for personally, but obviously depressing because of why she’s doing it). And it’s hard on my daughter and son-in-law because they are the recipients of things they feel awkward about taking, as well as my son-in-law facing the death of his mother.

     

     

  18. chrissythehyphenated says:

     

     

    I’ve been really sick the past five days … if it doesn’t hurt, it itches! And I’m not sleeping. Kidney and heart failure are ever present possibilities; both (all three) organs are paining me badly. Thanks.

     

     

    • sundancecracker says:

       

       

      Prayers for you Chrissy. Dear Father in heaven provide a healing grace.

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      Prayers for you daily, my friend.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Heartfelt prayers going your way Chrissy. ♥

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      Our Father, watch over Chrissy. We love her almost as much as You do! Gift her and her family with health this Christmas season, and every other blessing that you can bestow her. In Thy Name we pray. Amen.

       

       

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

       

       

      Prayers for you, Chrissy.

       

       

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      Chrissy, because of computer problems I haven’t been able to get on here all week. Saturday evening now…are you doing any better? How overwhelming to have such systemic issues. As I read your description of the physical “misery” (my word, not yours!)…I’m reminded of the message that came to Jesus about Lazarus which provides me the words with which to pray for you, “Lord, the one you love is ill.” When our bodies are not working right, we become helplessly aware of how miraculously we were put together in the first place. I pray tonight that you are able to rest some, and are having some relief.

       

       

  19. chrissythehyphenated says:

     

     

    Thank you for your prayers! I am a bit better today, if only in spirit. The body lags behind, but I am definitely feeling less inclined to throw myself a pity party every five minutes. I added a new album at Chrissy’s Site Bites for you spiritual types, especially those who struggle with low self-esteem: A Road Map for Spiritual Growth http://family.webshots.com/album/579321629VClmLM

     

     

  20. Thomas Hooker says:

     

     

    Peace and love to you , Chrissy.

     

     

  21. butchcracker says:

     

     

    For my Dad…He’s coming to visit us tomorrow for Christmas. He lost the love of his life,his partner of almost 50 years(my mom)a few years ago,and he has been lost ever since,his pain is palpable. They were HUGH Christmas people,especially my beautiful mom. A true team! I’m praying he finds comfort in our home,which has pieces of there christmas memories all over…ugh….Thank you,and God Bless you all!!

     

     

    • yomotley says:

       

       

      Prayers started. Sometimes it helps to subtly add in a new tradition; just something little. Like, maybe ten minutes after the whole house has gotten into bed play that Mormon Tabernacle piece on the open forum. Or Man. Steamroller. Or recruit your dad to help you take coffe/cocoa and muffins on trays into each person in bed in the am. Or if in the city, grab just your dad, and the two of you get a coffee and drive around listening to music and looking at lights. Or, surpisingly, he may appreciate just sneaking out, the two of you, and not doing Christmas over breakfast or something. Thank him for being there for you and your family while he is in such pain and alone. Let him know you appreciate it. Oh, well, advice time over, but just popped into my heart and head and probably too easily spewed out the mouth. (I come from a long life of death, from a young age. It sucks and sometimes trying to “happy” it away, makes it unbearable) Blessings and prayers,

       

       

      • butchcracker says:

         

         

        Thank you,Thank you,Thank you…wonderful ideas…just seems to be kicking all the dust up so to speak…been blubbering on and off for days now..you know of the pain I speak of,that is comforting,Thank you for sharing with me…. ….and blubbering again……oyyyyyy

         

         

    • Kristi says:

       

       

      Praying for your family.

       

       

    • GracieD says:

       

       

      BC, my prayers are with your dad, and with you. My mom passed 2 years ago this past week, so I can relate to your pain most of all. Give dad a hug from the Honeytrail. I am praying that God allows you and your dad to make some new Christmas memories.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      I had the same situation four years ago. Will pray for you and your dad.

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      I will keep your father and your family in my prayers throughout the Christmas season. I agree with Motley. He needs to be useful and needed. Hopefully God will lead you to just the right combination of the familiar and beloved and the new. My father in law gave up and almost literally willed himself to die when he lost my mother in law. His grandsons grieved that he was uninterested in life and them. They were teenagers, and he was a larger than life dynamic man, and they really wanted to spend time with him. I will pray that your father will realize how important he can be in many loved one’s lives, and hope that will help him.

       

       

    • stellap says:

       

       

      Adding my prayers for your dad and your family. This is both a difficult, and a blessed, time of year for families.

       

       

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      I’m sorry for his pain. My brother lost his wife of 47 years last year, and I know exactly what you mean by “pain that is palpable….” Death has a sting to it that works on us in so many ways. Let us know how things go. And don’t under-estimate the good it does that he can just “be with you” and not have to try to “be” anything in your presence. I hope your time to love on him is a good blessing for you two as well…

       

       

      • WeeWeed says:

         

         

        I’m there, too, BC. Christmas is so special, and we all get to go away on God’s clock. Sometimes it is really “inconvenient” and heartbreaking for those of us left behind. My late dad’s birthday is the day after Christmas – this season is poignant (sp?) for our family as well…these days, Dec. 26 is a GREAT day for me! Really, we get 2 Christmases, sorta! Does your Dad like M&M’s? (Joking!) Put oddball things in his stocking, too! Really, doing different things and making new “traditions” helps more than you know.

         

         

      • butchcracker says:

         

         

        Had to take a moment…been thinking of you ALL! Thank you for sharing your experience,strength and hope! As well as the prayers. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all! God Bless…… The sunlight of the Spirit truely shines here…an amazing place..

         

         

  22. Auntie Lib says:

     

     

    Hey Honeys – All of you who remember “Garlicnoseho” from HB – she needs our prayers and support. I don’t have details yet, but she’s been trying to get some help for her DS brother and apparently hit a major roadblock yesterday. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers also.

     

     

    • yomotley says:

       

       

      Started. I have missed her. She has a much on her plate. Thanks for the heads up. If you are in contact, please let her know she and her brother, as well as the bureaucrats she has to deal with, are in our prayers.

       

       

    • Kristi says:

       

       

      Will keep her in my prayers.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Prayers for them both.

       

       

    • stellap says:

       

       

      I will keep them in my prayers too. Let her know she is missed, and that we are thinking of her and her brother.

       

       

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      Thank you so much for that update and tell her we’re loving on her and praying wisdom and strength and gumption (and hammers to throw if needed). She has so “been through it” in her care for her brother. I’ve missed her posts so much as well.

       

       

    • Auntie Lib says:

       

       

      Thanks everyone. I’ve talked to her and she’s really run into a huge wall – and getting pummeled also. I’ll pass along your good thoughts and wishes. I’m trying to contact a friend of mine who runs a group home for DS adults out here to see if they can take her brother. If they can, then I’ll be working on getting her clear out here from NJ after the New Year. Keep your fingers crossed and your prayers coming.

       

       

  23. yomotley says:

     

     

    (Pulled this over from the open forum) ZMalfoy says: December 21, 2010 at 9:40 am (Edit) I just moved, and am mooching government internet to post this comment, as the Verizon guy doesn’t come until this afternoon. If you could all pray for my dear friend E. She recently miscarried, and I only found out yesterday. Thing was, she wasn’t supposed to be able to get pregnant in the first place, so you can imagine how rough this must be for her and her husband. Okay, I gotta get back to work, now. Happy Solstice to All!

     

     

  24. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Prayers for Garlic, E and all unspoken needs for the Hikers. May God bless and be with all of you. I ask special prayers for Chrissy also. Please continue to remember her health issues.

     

     

  25. sundancecracker says:

     

     

    I pray this morn for all travelers upon this simple trail to feel the peace and comfort of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. That may each feel deep within their soul the abundance and love offered in abiding grace. That each may feel a small measure of the devine joy and providence beholden to a group of simple shepards. A guiding light upon each path offering hope, peace, and love throughout each journey.

     

     

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      Prayers for all on Christmas. Butchcracker, I hope your father found some peace from his grief this Christmas with your family.

       

       

  26. butchcracker says:

     

     

    amen

     

     

  27. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    Any news from Garlic? Heavenly Father, we ask for your mercy and intervention in that situation….thank you for our Savior, who taught us to think of you as Our Father and come to you, telling our need. We know Garlic is tired and her brother needs support and care, and we ask for your hand to be at work on their behalf.

     

     

  28. Ting says:

     

     

    I know that she knows about these lovely prayers and is very thankful. She just doesn’t have the time or the energy to actively participate, but she said that she loves everyone here.

     

     

  29. butchcracker says:

     

     

    Just thinking of all the people traveling…especially with the weather conditions in parts of the country.Dear Lord please keep them safe and warm…Bless them!

     

     

  30. ZMalfoy says:

     

     

    Bless everyone here, Lord. Shelter us from Evil and guide us in Your ways, always.

     

     

  31. sundancecracker says:

     

     

    Dear merciful God please watch over Erika Gandara. These are dark hours and this young woman has litterally laid her life on the line for her town, country, and principle. I beg you to provide the angelic wisdom of Michael, and the strength of Gabriel upon her. Keep her safe, and if she returns to your loving embrace, provide comfort to her family. Amen.

     

     

  32. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Amen, amen.

     

     

  33. violet says:

     

     

    I discovered this little poem/prayer this morning, and while I am ordinarily not a fan of free verse poetry, I found this exceptionally moving. It’s by Anne Porter and the title is “A Short Testament”: Whatever harm I may have done In all my life in all your wide creation If I cannot repair it I beg you to repair it, And then there are all the wounded The poor the deaf the lonely and the old Whom I have roughly dismissed As if I were not one of them. Where I have wronged them by it And cannot make amends I ask you To comfort them to overflowing, And where there are lives I may have withered around me, Or lives of strangers far or near That I’ve destroyed in blind complicity, And if I cannot find them Or have no way to serve them, Remember them. I beg you to remember them When winter is over And all your unimaginable promises Burst into song on death’s bare branches.

     

     

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      I really liked this.

       

       

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      Those last three lines are sweet sorrow….”When winter is over And all your unimaginable promises Burst into song on death’s bare branches…” My husband went to the third funeral of his week today: we attended two which were elderly men, family friends, who died in faith in “good old age.” The one today, not so much: a co-worker, aged 42 was found dead by his father on Christmas Eve. He was known to abuse both alcohol and drugs, and the coroner said that it was an accidental overdose, which the family requested the pastor to announce at the funeral. It was important to his dad (also a co-worker) that his co-workers know he hadn’t taken his own life. So that thought touches my heart for him, that all the unimaginable promises of God might burst into song on death’s bare branches. Being of Protestant background, I do not practice “praying for the dead”, but I have seen enough of the grace of God in strange places that I know better than to limit Him or assume that I “know the spiritual status” of someone who died, to all appearances, without any faith working. Thank you for sharing that. It touches my heart tonight.

       

       

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      Violet! I love words used well….and just had to read that whole poem out loud to my hubby….those last three lines are, I’ve decided, my new 3 most favorite lines. Goodness, what a word picture they paint: …your unimaginable promises burst into song on death’s bare branches!! Those are words to hang on a little plaque on the wall of our hearts. So fine.

       

       

  34. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Please pray for my youngest son, who just informed me that the story of Christ, yes, the entire Bible, is mythology just like the story of Zeus. Because the Bible shares themes with Gilgamesh (thought he was educating me telling me this) and other ancient tales, he says it has no validity. Wish I could say he’s young and will grow out of his ignorance as he matures, but he’s 29, a little too old to be so arrogant IMO. Anyhow, I would appreciate your prayers. I don’t despair that he doesn’t believe, just that he chooses not to believe on the most trifling heresay of popular culture, after his childhood in a Christian home, and his education in the Catholic school system. Isn’t 29 a little old to cave to popular peer pressure? Anyhow, I find it a great comfort to have this forum to ask for prayers, as well as spill my heart a little.

     

     

    • violet says:

       

       

      Menagerie, I know how you feel. I recently went through the same thing with my son (25 yrs. old). My firstborn (who is now 32) informed me that she was agnostic at about the age of 17 — she had a major crisis of faith after her best friend committed suicide — but I never thought it would happen to my son, who had always seemed to be so strong and solid in his faith, and had always seemed to be immune to peer pressure. It was a real shocker, and it made me feel like a failure, to put it mildly. All this is just to let you know that you are not alone, and I will certainly be praying for your son, and for you too. Wish I could give you a hug!

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        violet, I thank you for sharing your story with me. Wish I could give you a hug too. We will gang up on them in prayer,as I will certainly be praying for your family as well.

         

         

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          Menagerie….29 is still relatively young in life’s years. He has many more years to be quietly influenced by the godly life his mom and siblings live. Keep the faith…will be in my prayers as well.

           

           

      • Ad rem says:

         

         

        Violet….you are not a failure! None of us can dictate beliefs or behaviors to adult children once they leave the nest. Changing diapers and driving carpool was the easy stuff. Having to sit by and be unable to control their adult choices is where the going gets rough. Just continue to be loving and supportive…a true example of Christ’s love.

         

         

    • Kristi says:

       

       

      I will pray for him. Dont despair, my brother was an atheist until about 35. Now… he is a faithful Catholic, involved in the Knights of Columbus..Mass every week with his kids… its a miracle.

       

       

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      I’m sorry this has come to pass, and stand with you in prayer that the deception will lift. We have some grandchildren in their early twenties who are also discovering how intensely brilliant and smarter-than-everyone-else they are and making public statements (such as on their Facebook profiles) announcing the great doctrinal conclusions they have come to as they deny what they have been faithfully taught about the eternal God. Deception is the most dangerous of things.

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        Amen to that, Emma. Since neither of my two elder children will hear anything if it comes from me, what I do is pray that God will bring people into their lives who will draw them closer to Him. I pray the same for the children of friends of mine who have also undergone a loss of faith (their number, alas, is legion). I will pray the same for your son, Menagerie, and your grandchildren, Emma.

         

         

    • sundancecracker says:

       

       

      Does God Exist? ‘Let me explain the problem science has with religion.’ The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. ‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’ ‘Yes, sir,’ the student says. ‘So you believe in God?’ ‘Absolutely. ‘ ‘Is God good?’ ‘Sure! God’s good.’ ‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you good or evil?’ ‘The Bible says I’m evil.’ The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment. ‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’ ‘Yes, sir, I would.’ ‘So you’re good…!’ ‘I wouldn’t say that.’ ‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’ The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can you answer that one?’ The student remains silent. ‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax ‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’ ‘Er..yes,’ the student says. ‘Is Satan good?’ The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’ ‘Then where does Satan come from?’ The student falters. ‘From God.’ ‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’ Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things…do they exist in this world?’ The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’ ‘So who created them?’ The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. ‘Who created them?’ There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’ he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’ The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’ The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’ ‘No, sir. I’ve never seen Him.’ ‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’ ‘No, sir, I have not.’ ‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelled your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’ ‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’ ‘Yet you still believe in him?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?’ ‘Nothing,’ the student replies. ‘I only have my faith.’ ‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’ The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own. ‘Professor, is there such thing as heat?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘And is there such a thing as cold?’ ‘Yes, son, there’s cold, too.’ ‘No, sir, there isn’t.’ The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. ‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’ Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer. ‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’ ‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’ ‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’ The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’ ‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’ The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’ ‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains. ‘You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood, either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Now tell me, professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?’ ‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.’ ‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’ The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed. ‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’ The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. ‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’ The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter. ‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelled the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir. So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’ Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’ ‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’ Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.’ To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’ The professor sat down. That student later went on to write a book. It was titled “God vs. Science” published in 1921 by the student ‘Albert Einstein’.

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        God bless you for sharing this with me now. I do not fear,though certainly it is possible, that he will never come back to faith. It makes me mad that he is such a lazy thinker. I asked him which philosophers, theologians, great or faithful religious thinkers he had read, how many times he had read the Bible, the Quran,writings of Budha or the epic poem of Gilgamesh he referred to. Nonono. Have you read C.S. Lewis, St. John of the Cross or Teresa of Avila? Nonono. But this young man who, because he loves mythology of all cultures, and also because he ad years of religion classes, is now qualified to declare God a myth. Yup,I was that arrogant once, but I decided to find out if I was right before I declared God nonexistant. Also would like to share this: ZMalfoy put a link in her post today to a site where You can have a patron saint randomly selected for you. As suggested I spent a few moments thinking over my needs for growth and help then I prayed for God’s guidance and hit the”choose a saint”button. I got the patron saint of the exact thing I prayed about. This was something not so common, so it’s a saint I’ve never heard of, but we will be getting acquainted as I ask for his intercessions. Thanks to all of you for your prayers. I pray for all of you daily, fellow hikers.

         

         

  35. WeeWeed says:

     

     

    I got an email today with “instructions” for the “Five Fingered Prayer” – it makes sense (to me, anyway!) and I like it so I want to share it with y’all. I don’t know the author, that info wasn’t included. Here goes. 1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a ‘sweet duty.’ 2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers. 3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance. 4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them. 5. And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all, which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, ‘The least shall be the greatest among you.’ By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively. God Bless!

     

     

  36. butchcracker says:

     

     

    God,I offer myself to thee to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self,that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulities that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy power,Thy love,Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always.

     

     

  37. Pat P says:

     

     

    Please again offer a prayer for my friend, Pat, who has cancer. She is having another colonoscopy/biopsy of her tumor. Her doctors (all five of them) are still trying to get a definitive diagnosis so that they can proceed with treatment. I am also praying that her doctors will be be given wisdom to make the right decisions.

     

     

    • violet says:

       

       

      I am adding your friend’s name to my church’s prayer list — that way she will have about fifty extra people praying for her. (If anyone else has a name you would like to me to add to the list, just let me know. All I need is a first name.)

       

       

      • Felix says:

         

         

        Violet, if you could please include my grand-ma in your group, I would really appreciate it. Her name is Zenaida “Sandy” Banos. Like Pat above, she is dealing with colon cancer. I realize at 86 there’s little chance she will pull out of it, but I would like for her to be as pain free as possible since pain killers are no longer working very well.

         

         

    • GracieD says:

       

       

      Praying for your friend!

       

       

    • Felix says:

       

       

      You got it! My grand-ma is going through the same thing. Pat will be included in my prayers from now on.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      Prayers for her recovery, Pat.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      I continue to offer prayers for your friend Pat. I know one thing for sure….she has already been blessed with many good friends such as you.

       

       

      • Pat P says:

         

         

        I heard from her yesterday. The surgeon was able to remove the lesion after examining it during the colonoscopy. They get the pathology report next week, and will develop a treatment plan. She is feeling upbeat, and ready to tackle this challenge. Thanks to everyone for their continued prayers.

         

         

        • ZMalfoy says:

           

           

          I’ll be praying for her– cancer treatment is never fun, but a good attitude– like it sounds like she has– can make a huge difference. ^__^ Tell her, from all of us “You go, girl! Kick its butt!”

           

           

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          Pat…this is wonderful news! She’s no longer living with the unknown. I hope you’ve told her that there’s a whole blog full of people that are pulling for her.

           

           

  38. Menagerie says:

     

     

    I have a bad situation going on, nothing life threatening, but oh I hope you guys will pray for us. Have a tree about to fall on the house and can’t get a tree service out here today. None returning calls. My husband and his brother are unable to get it down safely. We are recovering from a fire. I just cannot do this again. Please pray we can get it down ok.

     

     

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      OMG, Menagerie! I will pray hard – you keep us posted if possible. Please, you guys stay safe..

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        Thanks. We have it cabled to another tree and hope it will hold. appreciate your prayers.

         

         

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        Got it cut down safely. It came at a rotten time, financially, of course, but I found a really great guy and his bid was less than half the others. As he was leaving, he turned to me and told me that this little job was the answer to a prayer – it will keep him going a little longer. He was really sincere. I am glad to have helped someone like him. It makes me feel a little better about how hard it was for us now.

         

         

        • violet says:

           

           

          So glad that you could help him while he was helping you! And it’s good that you were able to look at it that way, instead of just being bummed at the cost. You have the right attitude. :-) I’m praying that your financial situation will improve soon!

           

           

          • Menagerie says:

             

             

            Thank you for your prayers. My business just got a job that helps and my husband was given an unexpected bonus. I try to keep my prayers focused on more important, urgent matters than money, but it’s been a scary few years, and I am very thankful for what we have been given.

             

             

        • WeeWeed says:

           

           

          Wow, Menagerie! What a blessing for you guys AND the tree trimmer!! I am jazzed for you – that you were able to help another worried soul while you were in dire straights! God is good. :)

           

           

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          Hallelujah….this story has a happy ending! This seems to be what life is all about….the giving and taking of joy and happiness where and when we can find it.

           

           

  39. ZurichMike says:

     

     

    Please pray for Luigi Ravelli, who died about 15 minutes before my writing this. He was 62 and had bowel cancer. Other than my partner, myself, and Luigi’s brother, there was no other family or acquaintances. I can’t imagine dying without someone saying a prayer for me — please, if you have a moment, remember Luigi. Thank you.

     

     

  40. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    This afternoon our Denver son called to request that we pass along a request for prayer for a tragic situation. His supervisor, Diaz, at a large commercial tire service outfit is a legal immigrant from Mexico and a good guy to work for. All the employees just learned today of a criminal tragedy that has been unfolding since some time in October. Diaz’ father never left Mexico, owned a home there, had worked a lifetime there, etc. Diaz’ father’s murdered body (execution style killing) was found this past Saturday in Mexico. He had been kidnapped in October by the drug cartels, and held for ransom. Unfortunately, the corruption in the law enforcement community goes so high, as well as in government ranks, so they didn’t dare report it. Diaz and his family had been paying ransom, but it was never quite enough. Utterly criminal and tragic. Maybe the time is coming, if we are to protect our southern border, that the tanks will indeed roll down I-5 south out of San Diego, head south and keep going. Absolutely tragic. Pray for God’s mercy and strength for the family. Denver is SO over-run by illegals, and it’s just sickening how much they know about how to “play” people in the U.S. Diaz’ family was an attractive target because it was known that they had family in the U.S. who supposedly “had money.”

     

     

    • sundancecracker says:

       

       

      Sickening. I agree, its about time the “Good Guys” take over and just get this nonsense cleaned up next door. Praying for Diaz’s father and their family. Insufferable anguish, I can’t even imagine, they must be heartsick heartbroken.

       

       

    • Jennifer H says:

       

       

      Horrid! I hope this gets national attention, I wonder how many other families are paying to try and keep a family member alive. My prayers and heartfelt apologies go out to this man and his family for their pain, suffering and awful tragedy.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      Poor Diaz, this is horrible and all too common but “the powers that be” even here in the States refuse to hear us screaming. I, too, will add Diaz and his family to my prayer list.

       

       

    • Kristi says:

       

       

      I will add this family to my prayers..

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      I will pray for the family. May God bless them all.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Prayers sent for all as well.

       

       

  41. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Thank you Lord for the wonderful blessings you have given me, for hearing and responding to my prayers, for your loving care.

     

     

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      Psalm 92:1, 2 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” Thanks, Menagerie. There is restfulness in just being grateful before the Lord.

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        I agree. If I prayed nothing but prayers of gratitude, I could never express how much I have been given, and I mean to say that very humbly. Also, I love hearing when our prayers are answered (even when the answer isn’t what we want). I wanted to share with all of you who have been praying for me that your prayers have born fruit, while giving the credit, of course, to God. So I give thanks here, where all of you can see my gratitude for your most generous prayers and thoughts.

         

         

  42. violet says:

     

     

    Hello honeys… I have a prayer request. My son and eldest daughter drove up yesterday for a visit, since neither one was able to be home at Christmas time. My son, an independent contractor, had been working in Indianapolis, and he left Tuesday morning to drive to Chicago, where my daughter lives, to pick her up. He parked on the street outside her apartment and went inside so they could have coffee before they left, and while they were inside, someone broke a window on his car and stole his computer, his luggage, and his tools — about $4000 worth of stuff. Now he has no clothes, no tools (his livelihood) and no computer (which had all his business records on it). This happened in broad daylight on a busy street, and looks like the kind of thing someone would do to make some quick cash to buy drugs or whatever. Please pray that the lowlife who did this will be caught and taken off the streets, and that my son will get his property back. Thank you all.

     

     

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      I’m so sorry for him, Violet. Of course we’ll pray for him and hope he’s back up to speed quickly.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      I’m praying he had good password encryption on his computer! I would check out local pawn shops or swap meets in the area for the tools and luggage.

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        My kids (along with some of their friends) have been playing amateur detective, trying to think like a criminal, and imagine what he would do. They figured if the crook wanted to unload the stuff fast, he would try to sell it on craigslist, so they looked on craigslist for laptops that fit the description of my son’s… They found one, and have sent messages to the seller, asking for more information… Meanwhile, my daughter’s boyfriend googled the seller’s phone number and found out that he sells lots of used laptops online, and we’re wondering if those are stolen as well. Of course it has all been reported to the police, but my guess is the Chicago police probably don’t place a very high priority on minor property crimes, since they have so much worse stuff to deal with. We realize that the loss of a few thousand dollars’ worth of property seems trivial compared with violent crime, homicide, etc. But to someone like my son it’s a devastating loss. It’s made more painful by the knowledge that he should never have left anything valuable in his car while it was parked on a Chicago street, even in broad daylight — he is really beating himself up over that. Locking his car doors only meant that the thief had to break a window to steal his stuff, so on top of everything else he has to pay to have his car window repaired!

         

         

        • GracieD says:

           

           

          Praying for your kids Violet!

           

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          Tell your son to not be so hard on himself. My daughter had her brand new Scion (locked) stolen right outside her appartment in Huntington Beach, Calif. Luckily a policeman happened to see the teenagers joyriding in it just minutes later, and she got the car back…less one broken rear window. It happens to thousands of people each and every day.

           

           

          • violet says:

             

             

            Yes, unfortunately, it does happen to thousands of people, more’s the pity. Because my kids grew up in a small town with a very low crime rate, where most people don’t lock doors, cars, etc., adjusting to the realities of life in a city like Chicago can be challenging. It’s true that he shouldn’t have left his valuables in his car — it just seemed like too much trouble to haul it all up two flights of stairs to his sister’s apartment when they were only going to be there for a short while — just long enough to drink some coffee before they left to drive home to mom and dad’s. My husband is almost more upset about this than my son is. I probably should have asked for prayers for him! Things like this make him near-homicidal!

             

             

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      Oh, good grief. I’m so sorry to hear that. It doesn’t lessen their burden (or yours)… years ago, we had all the tools stolen out of my husband’s truck (his career before “retirement” was diesel mechanic)…..praying that he will have the resourcefulness and clarity of mind to think what to do. So overwhelming.

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        What on earth makes people do things like this? I don’t understand it at all. Probably just some junkie who needed money for drugs….

         

         

  43. Menagerie says:

     

     

    I will pray daily for your son, and pray to St. Joseph for his loving intercession. It is my hope that your son will be given abundant blessings and be able to recover from this awful crime. My son had his tools stolen twice while he was a contractor, as well as several other thefts. This particular young man has been the victim of several thefts. God bless you all violet.

     

     

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      I made the mistake of leaving the garage door open while I ran in to take a quick shower after playing tennis. Forty-five min. later, when I came back out to run to the market, I noticed someone can gone through the entire garage and looted my husband’s best tools. They took all the Makita stuff, but left behind the Sear’s Craftsman! This all happened in broad daylight….at 2 pm.

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        Yikes… that’s just about the same time of day my son’s things were stolen! Tools must fetch a good price on the black market, to judge from all the comments here from fellow honeys who have been the victims of this type of crime…

         

         

    • violet says:

       

       

      Thanks so much, Menagerie, WeeWeed, Ad rem, Gracie, Emma, and everyone else for your prayers. They mean a lot to me! Our troubles are minor compared with those dealing with serious illness, waiting for organ transplants, caring for elderly parents, struggling with unemployment, mourning the death of loved ones, dealing with a corrupt legal system, etc. — but it’s comforting to know I can still ask for prayers and receive such a gracious and generous response from all of you. Love and hugs to all!

       

       

  44. Wraith says:

     

     

    A very good man seems to be at a very low point in his life. To be honest, I don’t even know his real name. But I’ve been reading his thoughts for a good long while now, and he’s done a lot of good for a lot of folks. He’s one of our domestic warriors, part of the Thin Blue Line standing between us and barbarism. He’s a real cop, not a thug with a badge. He never hesitates to call out those who would abuse the public trust under color of law. But, lately, the stresses of his career seem to be haunting him in an ugly way. It’s the price many of our protectors end up paying, unfortunately. He’s not a man of faith, but perhaps that won’t matter. If you could, please leave a bit of space for Beat & Release in your prayers.

     

     

    • GracieD says:

       

       

      Wraith, your friend is in my prayers. I have friends and family who are LEOs, and it is not an easy job by any stretch of the immagination.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      God watch over him. Wraith, I went to visit his website and left a reply but it did not show up. I’ll visit again tomorrow – hopefully he’s decompressing a little today and maybe getting much needed simple rest. All y’all, is there a Saint for “burnt out?” The man is burnt out, needs some relief.

       

       

      • ZMalfoy says:

         

         

        A Saint for burnout? Hmm, lessee what I can think of. . . Well, first of is my buddy St. Michael the Archangel, who is a patron of Law Enforcement, among other things. Since I’m sure he’s dealing with headaches, Theresa of Avila may help. If there are other physical symptoms, Raphael the Archangel is quite good on the healing. . . Hmm. . . looking . . .Well, Hopeless or Desperate Causes are championed by St. Jude. . . likewise Rita of Cascia If depression is involved, that can be put under Metal Illness, so St. Dymphna Honestly, I’d just go with Michael, as the Patron of Police overall. (And as Captain-General of the Heavenly Host, he’s knows a thing or two about delegation, I’d expect, ^_~) Catholic.org has more information under the Saints tab. I have a bit of history with St. Michael, so can highly recommend him for others. ^__^

         

         

      • ZMalfoy says:

         

         

        In fact, I’ll be speaking to St. Michael about this fella myself.

         

         

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          I pitty-patted over to your blog and did a little hissing with the big snake in charge. Your logo ” ^__^” looks a little feline, but I’m guessing it has something to do with Harry Potter? Thanks for a really interesting read and a great link to the “Patron Saint Generator”.

           

           

          • zmalfoy says:

             

             

            Well, yeah, I sorta morphed the snake of Slytherin and the DTOM rattler together, in slytherin colors. Unless you meant an actual “^__^” which is really more feline when it looks like this: >^__^<

             

             

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Whoa…..that was a tough read…especially the last couple of sentences. I’ll be praying that he doesn’t do anything foolish with that 45 he talked about.

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        Amen to that.

         

         

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          And hoping that Violet’s husband’s blood pressure has come back down to normal levels today. Nothing is more angering than seeing one’s children hurt by others.

           

           

          • violet says:

             

             

            Isn’t that the truth… forgiving someone who has hurt me seems downright easy compared with trying to forgive someone who has hurt one of my kids!

             

             

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      May God keep him safe and comfort him in his need.

       

       

  45. Debra says:

     

     

    My heart is heavy today. My little girl’s Sunday School teacher lost her husband on Monday and the funeral is today. My best friend’s marriage is probably over. Another person I work with at church is dealing with her mother’s cancer. And, well, I’ll just provide the link. http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/05/2563813/attorneys-for-girls-killers-argue.html Ann is my older sister. It’s possible the Missouri Supreme Court will just decrease their sentence to life without parole, but it’s also possible they’ll send it back to resentencing with a jury trial. Blech. I’d be fine with a life without parole sentence, as that’s really what’s it’s been for twenty years. I’m just sick of dealing with all the emotions of thinking their day has come only for them to get last minute stays of execution. I.just.want.it.over. And I realize it’s weird telling all of you this, because, well, you all are strangers (kind of!). It’s somehow easier telling you than the many, many people in real life who don’t have a clue that I’m related to this case at all. Well, crap, sorry to be such a downer today. In fact, I think I’ll move this little downer of a post to the prayer requests page. 😀

     

     

    • zmalfoy says:

       

       

      I will put these matters in my prayers. I cannot imagine the pain this back and forth around those bastards must be.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      God Bless you, Debra – that is a lot of burdens for one soul to be carrying today. I’ll be thinking of you today and praying that your load lightens.

       

       

    • yomotley says:

       

       

      Debra, NEVER be sorry for being a downer, as you call it. You are in my prayers and I totally get the whole thing of being able to share to strangers, who are not really strangers, but are because they are faceless. I will be following these guys now that I know about them, and may you be comforted knowing that as I do, prayers are going your way. This is the only way I know to help carry your burden.

       

       

    • butchcracker says:

       

       

      Debra…you and yours are in our prayers. They say a burden shared,is a burden halved. May God give you strength and grace.Be gentle with yourself!

       

       

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

       

       

      Reading that article was heart-breaking, Debra. Prayers for you and your family.

       

       

    • AFinch says:

       

       

      Prayers for you Debra.

       

       

    • Debra says:

       

       

      Thanks so much for the prayers. I really appreciate them (and all of you!)

       

       

      • violet says:

         

         

        Debra, what you went through and are still going through is hideous. We are all praying for grace for you to get through it, and for justice to be done. Keep us posted and know that we love you!

         

         

      • Ad rem says:

         

         

        I hope that the sharing of this has helped in some small way to ease the burden. Even though we don’t know each other by ‘face’, I feel like I know my friends here by ‘heart’ which is something even deeper. I will pray for life without parole…..at the very least.

         

         

        • Jennifer H says:

           

           

          Ditto. I can’t even imagine the pain you must feel at this. My heart and prayers go out to your family.

           

           

      • Pat P says:

         

         

        You are our friend, so of course I am praying for you. Dear Lord, please strengthen Debra. Give her a lighter heart, and a strong resolve. Debra, you are not a stranger. Just because we can’t look each other in the eye doesn’t mean that we can’t see the good in you and I!

         

         

  46. emmajeri1010 says:

     

     

    Debra, consider yourself surrounded by friends here. These are burdens that we were never designed to bear, which is why we go to the throne of God who has given us One who bears them for us. Thank you for linking the article and sharing. I hope it breaks the loneliness a bit. Let us know it goes. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.

     

     

    • violet says:

       

       

      amen sister!

       

       

    • integrity1st says:

       

       

      Yes Debra, please don’t consider us strangers. I, and believe many others here would do what we could for each other. I am numb knowing that this is your sister, and that you have been going through this for so long. Please know how I feel for you and wish for anything that could relieve any of your pain and frustration. If sharing helps at all, please share. If knowing that we care helps in any way, please know that we care. I will be thinking about this for a long time to come and it is the things like this, beyond our control, that make me so insensed that we have to fight so hard for what should be well within our control, i.e., an UNcorrupt government. Please know you’re in my thoughts, and I think your pain is one of the worst of all pains. I don’t know what more to say except we are here for you.

       

       

    • Debra says:

       

       

      Thank you all for the support and prayers. I’m feeling much better today. I’ll let you know when I find out what the MO Supreme Court decides. Of course, the way it works, you all might know before I do! We don’t always find out before the world does. In an interesting little tidbit, in Alito’s first ruling as a US Supreme Court justice, he ruled against vacating a stay of execution for one of the defendants in our case, Michael Taylor. It was big news, because he was supposed to be a conservative judge, yet he had stated ahead of time that in death penalty cases if the majority were to vote against vacating a stay he would do that. I think it made Drudge that day.

       

       

      • emmajeri1010 says:

         

         

        Hi Debra, thanks for this update. These things sort of ride in waves of grief/anger/helplessness for you, I would imagine. About 3 weeks ago, the remains of an AF pilot who died in Vietnam in 1968 were returned to his widow (never remarried) and children in Fargo, ND. The public support, the turnout at the airport to meet the plane, the military salutes were an amazing thing to see as folks instinctively understood that this was huge for the family…..finally….finally being able to turn a corner and with some final tears, close a door that had remained open all those years. Such griefs (as theirs and yours) are for a lifetime; but there are those changepoints that bring some peace. May you have that next changepoint soon, and be able to have some peace as you must wait for it. Please update whenever you have news. Emma

         

         

        • Integrity1st says:

           

           

          Oh Emma, that was so powerful in showing the ongoing agony and empathy for people in these circumstances. So beautifully put, as always, and so beautiful that so many understood the significance and showed such respect. Things like that must be helpful and heartfelt by the family, and may we, hopefully, fulfill some of that for Debra and her family.

           

           

        • Menagerie says:

           

           

          Emma, thank you for sharing your wisdom and faith with us. One of the things I am thankful for is you.

           

           

  47. sundancecracker says:

     

     

    Praying for Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords (D-AZ) who has been shot in the head, along with other innocent victims of a gunmans attack. Praying for the families of all the victims.

     

     

  48. Pat P says:

     

     

    I am reading my mother’s poems and essays today. I promised to copy them for my great niece, so am sorting through these for the first time in a long while. Lots of tears, but happy ones (mom passed away in 1997). Anyway, I thought I would share this little essay she wrote about prayer: I planted some bulbs last Fall. Brown and dead looking they were but, with hope, I covered them over. Now it is Spring, and out in my garden I saw some cracks in the earth where the bulbs were planted; soon some green tips appeared, then some leaves, and I know that one day a bud will appear, and it follows that a bright golden bloom will brighten my Spring garden and, like magic, there will be purple and blue and pink so delicate and beautiful and out of place on the brown dirt. I planted a prayer; like the bulb, it was without life until faith and the Holy Spirit worked a miracle, and God would make something beautiful come forth. At first nothing, then a sign of something – a further word or sign and I can hope in the answer that the prayer has life and will bring forth that which God has intended, for His will is over all things. We have only to set in motion by “planting”. He will do the rest.

     

     

    • emmajeri1010 says:

       

       

      That’s lovely!

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      What a exceptional person your mother must have been. It’s a blessing to be left with such beautiful essays to augment your family photos.

       

       

    • JRD says:

       

       

      Truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing a little of your exceptional Mom with us.

       

       

    • Pat P says:

       

       

      Thanks, guys! Her name was Jessie. She was pretty special. I wish I could share my thoughts the way she seemed driven to do. She was a journal keeper, and even had an essay in her journal that we used in her funeral program – it was addressed to all of us! She was born and raised on a farm, and loved nothing more than digging in the dirt. Trees were her favorites – she wrote about them, sketched them, and painted them. As my daughter wrote, “She sees beauty and magic everywhere. I believe she sees God all the time, in all the good and lovely things of the earth.”

       

       

      • WeeWeed says:

         

         

        Pat, that is so cool! The prayer is awesome, and so true. My mother had a spell of writing poetry! My favorite is titled, (best I can remember) “Life is a Bitch.” Seriously. I’ll try to remember to dig it out one of these days and post it on a humorous thread! I think everyone of that generation grew up on a farm – my mom did, too. Unfortunately she never got into the canning, quilting and what-not; I would have loved to learn from a pro. Thanks for the up-lift today!

         

         

        • Pat P says:

           

           

          My mom hated cooking. She said that if she ever took up drinking, it would be at 5:00 pm with dinner to prepare. One of her favorite mottos was – A creative woman has cobwebs in her corners, but not in her mind. She could can, and I helped her, so I can do it too. It’s easy if you want to give it a shot – start with something safe, like tomatoes or jam. She took up quilting in her eighties, for fun, and had a terrific sense of humor. She was also very politically aware, and was always writing letters to Washington!

           

           

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      This was a wonderful thing to share. I have never read or heard anything about prayer that illustrates it better for me. I would like to copy and share this, with your permission. I’d love to pass this on to my sons. They may not appreciate it now, but someday………….

       

       

  49. Pat P says:

     

     

    You may certainly use it. She would be delighted to share it with you. I think that was the point of writing it, actually.

     

     

  50. BUTCHCRACKER says:

     

     

    Our youngest son has an amazing pediatric neurologist,Dr.O,as we warmly call him. Another appointment was cancelled yesterday. Dr.O’s wife has been in the hospital,they cant figure out what is wrong,going on 2weeks. This man has been a Godsend to our Joseph and family,and we are so very grateful for him. Any prayers for this family would be wonderful. Thank you.. Keeping you all in our prayers… God Bless

     

     

  51. Pat P says:

     

     

    I got this report from my friend, Pat, earlier today. Thanks to everyone for your prayers: “Hi everyone: I finally have a diagnosis. I have a type of skin cancer (squamous cell) which unfortunately will require chemo and possible radiation treatments. I will be meeting with the doctors & pathologists in the near future to determine the next course of action and I will keep you all posted. I have been told about it being caught early and in a small stage which is good news for this type of cancer. I need everyones prayers and positive attitudes only.”

     

     

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      (Holds both thumbs up!!) Great news, Pat!! That’s wonderful!

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      My father went through several bouts and treatment of the same kind of cancer. It sounded way scarier than the treatments proved to be. Being caught in the early stage is the best news of all. Let her know we all continue to pray for her.

       

       

  52.  

     

    Dear Friends – thank you for this thread. Please pray for my friend, Judy. Her youngest daughter is dealing with an ongoing medical situation that is causing paralysis and seizures. There are lots of psychiatric and physical issues and it is a frustrating, expensive burden. Please plant some little seeds of prayer for her and her whole family. God bless you all and keep you in His caring hands.

     

     

  53. Kristi says:

     

     

    I think we all should say extra prayers for the Palin family. The death against her are at an all time high. May God protect Sarah Palin and her entire family.

     

     

  54. TN WAHM says:

     

     

    I just posted this on my FB page. Since many here have been praying also, I’d share it here too. Our family just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to all our friends and family that have prayed for us and for Rebecca’s healing. 2010 was quite an emotional journey for our whole family. We are looking forward to what God has for us in 2011. We know that He has something very special planned for Rebecca’s life. We know that He is Jehovah-Rapha “The LORD our healer” ~Exodus 15:26~ He is also Jehovah-Jireh “The LORD will provide” ~Genesis 22:13-14~ Of course, our preference is that God would heal her kidneys; but it looks like He is going to use medical technology to heal her. The next step in the process is a kidney transplant for her. To be honest, it terrifies me at the same time that it gives me hope. The good news is that they have a much higher success rate due to today’s technology and medicines. Because of our insurance, we will be going to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the transplant. We are exploring the options and one of them is a living donor. The age requirements for a living donor is between the ages of 18 and 40 ~because of her age, she will be needing the kidney for many years.~ Her blood type is “O” and they will also do blood tests for anti-bodies and such. The living donor must also have a history free of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and, of course, kidney disease. We appreciate all of your continued prayers for our family. We would not have made it this far without your prayers and support. God has been good. We trust Him with our future

     

     

  55. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Shout for joy before the Lord, the King. Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord. Thanks to all of you who have remembered me in your prayers. My burdens have been lightened by your prayers. I have felt comforted and relieved. God bless all of you. Please know that you are all in my prayers daily.

     

     

    • Pat P says:

       

       

      Thank you for that. As a child, my favorite was Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands…..” I could just imagine multitudes of people singing and playing instruments! The idea of rivers clapping and mountains singing is a happy thought. Thank you also for your prayers. This community of ours is a special one, isn’t it?

       

       

      • WeeWeed says:

         

         

        Thank YOU both. I think it’s a special place, and I’m priviledged to be allowed to participate.

         

         

      • emmajeri1010 says:

         

         

        Then there’s the passage in Isaiah that has the trees clapping their hands….In Romans 8, Paul talks about “creation groaning” in turmoil, waiting for its deliverance. I think we have no idea what a whole creation, not impacted by sin, is going to be like. It’s really going to be something…..I love the fact that Scripture makes so plain: God is not going to throw away His original ideas about heaven and earth (which He said in Genesis 1, 2 were “good”). He’s going to make a NEW heavens and earth….not a different one. I love that. Love those passages you both posted.

         

         

        • Pat P says:

           

           

          I just looked up the Isaiah reference: 55:12. I had never read that passage before, and it is so beautiful. Thanks for pointing it out.

           

           

  56. Pat P says:

     

     

    I just received the news that the husband of a friend passed away suddenly. I don’t know the circumstances, but he was in his 70′s. Please pray for Annette, his wife, and her family.

     

     

  57. Integrity1st says:

     

     

    My prayers for ALL: Go “FULL SCREEN”…….Have your sound on…Happy New Year………

     

     

  58. Pat P says:

     

     

    My friend Pat will soon begin treatment for her cancer – 7 weeks of combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The doctors believe that all of the cancer has been removed, but want to be absolutely certain. She seems very upbeat, but asks for continued prayer. Thanks, guys, for your prayers!

     

     

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      You are so welcome. Thanks for giving us an update.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      That is SO great, Pat! I do dread it for her.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      She’s got 7 weeks of solid prayer-time with me….and any more she should need.

       

       

    • Integrity1st says:

       

       

      Pat, sounds like it’s going well. were they cartinoid tumors?

       

       

      • Pat P says:

         

         

        It turned out to be a squamous cell tumor. To make a long story short, they did a second colonoscopy, and removed it. What she has is what Farrah Fawcett had, but in an early stage (good news). She had her chemo port put in yesterday, then went back to work for an hour or so (against her doctor’s recommendations), but I was with her all the way and kept an eye on her until she went home. She is very upbeat but, of course, she hasn’t started chemo and radiation yet. She still needs lot of prayers to get through these next weeks.

         

         

  59. Menagerie says:

     

     

    Thanks to all of you for your prayers. I got the job I applied for several weeks ago. I have been given many blessings, among them this community of friends. I count it as one of my most treasured blessings. Thanks to you all, and know that I pray for all of you daily too.

     

     

  60. Menagerie says:

     

     

    My very first post on this thread about my son losing his job- he finds out whether he gets to keep it next week. He was going to lose it, now it looks like he may not. Please Honeys, keep praying for him.

     

     

    • Ting says:

       

       

      You bet – it is downright painful when it is your children, don’t you think? I would much rather see mine all situated and take on the worries of unemployment for myself. Prayers for all Honeys and their loved ones.

       

       

      • Menagerie says:

         

         

        Oh yes, it’s always so much harder when it is your child, but I am very comforted by reflecting on how strong we become only through adversity. All those things that are so very hard enable us to stand strong, yet bend in the wind. Above all (after faith, of course) I wish for my sons to be strong and true. But it is not easy to watch them become that way!

         

         

        • Ad rem says:

           

           

          That is the most beautiful and soulful little puppy-face on your gravatar Menagerie. How could those prayers ever go unheard?

           

           

          • Menagerie says:

             

             

            Thank you. His name is Bo and he picked us to come to when someone apparently dumped him, so maybe we got to be the answer to his prayers. I found the pic onine, but he must have posed for it.

             

             

  61. Felix says:

     

     

    Hi Guys, As some of you know, my grandma has colon cancer. It’s been getting pretty bad lately. She has been dealing with this for 11 months. As of tomorrow, it looks like I will have the opportunity to be her primary care giver. [That’s a good thing.] Please pray that it goes through. She had planned on my being the one making decisions for her and not my mother. [Long story short: my mom has lied to her for the last 11 months. I need to get her the appropriate care pronto.] Anyway, I have faith all this goes through. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to share stories of what a great woman [and a perfectly wonderful influence on me] this lady has been. And, no. She is not now nor has ever been the typical grandma! [She always was the rebel in the family.] Pray for her. And, please, pray for me. I have to make some pretty hard choices tomorrow morning. At 86 she won’t be able to deal with the surgery. So… I gotta lay it all out for her and she’s not all there to begin with. Always plenty of hugs from South Florida, Felix

     

     

    • Pat P says:

       

       

      I will pray for you, Felix, and for your Grandma. I admire what you plan to do, and I know how difficult it is/will be. The best thing you can give your Grandma, and that you obviously have in abundance, is your love.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      God will be with you in the morning, Felix, and all of us will be thinking of you and your Grandma and praying for you all. Love to you both.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      You have our love and all the prayers we can muster to help you and your grandma in the days ahead. She loves you and she knows you will only do what is best for her.

       

       

    • violet says:

       

       

      God bless you, Felix, for what you are doing. I devoutly hope that if I ever get old and sick and helpless, I will have someone who cares as much about me as you obviously care for your grandmother. You are both in all our prayers.

       

       

    • Sharon says:

       

       

      Felix….Emma here, (in case you haven’t had time to read the open thread with all the things you’re dealing with….just switched to real-life ID)…thank you for sharing this, and keep us posted. Your love for her and your presence with her is a wonderful gift. Praying that you have wisdom and peace…

       

       

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      Hugs back at you. Prayers as well kiddo…

       

       

    • sundancecracker says:

       

       

      Let me just resoundingly say I too will pray for you both. God Bless you and Grandma. Blessings for you both.

       

       

    • yomotley says:

       

       

      Felix, it is so right you take care of your grandmother. My own mother was always closest to her grandson, my nephew. When He was an adult (she has no memory now) he was not only her grandson but became her best friend. She trusted him. It was a special and beautiful bond. And, oh, what comfort he was to her when her own daughter (my sister) died. She never would have gotten through losing a child without him by her side. Prayers.

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      God bless you Felix. I will be praying for you both. We have missed you. Please update us when you can.

       

       

    • GracieD says:

       

       

      Prayers for you and your lovely grandmother, Felix! I still miss my grandmother, and she has been with Jesus for 15 years. God Bless you!

       

       

    • MRM says:

       

       

      praying for you and your Grandma, Felix. Hugs to you both.

       

       

  62. Integrity1st says:

     

     

    Felix, lots and lots of hugs from me, and my utmost admiration for you and your Grandma. Let us share whatever burdens we might help you with. God Bless.

     

     

  63. sundancecracker says:

     

     

    Thoughts and prayers for IOTW Blogger and Trail Visitor Tammy “Tamminator”, Tammy Cracker” whose father passed away last evening. Condolences to her and her family.

     

     

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      God Bless you, Tamminator. My dad’s passing broke my heart. I’ll be praying for you and your family tonight.

       

       

  64. Pat P says:

     

     

    Please say a prayer for my friend, Pat. She just phoned me to tell me that her male companion, Dean, just dropped dead of a heart attack in their garage. They tried to save him, but it was no use. It was not totally unexpected, as he was in his early 80′s with heart failure, and was prepared as much as one can be. The thing is that not only will she be facing a funeral this week with his hostile children, she is also scheduled to start her radiation and chemotherapy a week from Monday. She needs all of the prayers we can offer.

     

     

    • Jennifer H says:

       

       

      My supportive thoughts and prayers are now winging their way through the universe to your friend.

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      Your friend is having a terribly tough time, huh Pat? I will pray for her and, being Catholic, also for the repose of the soul of Dean.

       

       

    • WaltzingMtilda says:

       

       

      Prayers going her way.

       

       

    • WeeWeed says:

       

       

      Poor Pat….she will be in my prayers tonight.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Pat…your friend has been on my prayer list now for some time. I’m not only going to continue praying for her, but I’m also going to pray for those hostile childrem as well. I’m sure the hostility has much to do with matters of his estate…I had a similar situation with my grandfather and his third wife.

       

       

      • Pat P says:

         

         

        You are absolutely right, Ad Rem. They have joint bank accounts, and cash set aside for property taxes. He has signed papers that allow her to live in the house until the time of her death or marriage. These kids have been all about the money for years, and never there when their dad needed them.

         

         

  65. Pat P says:

     

     

    Thank you everyone for your generosity and prayers. It is appreciated so much.

     

     

  66. Pat P says:

     

     

    I found this story in my email inbox this morning, and wanted to share it with the hikers at HT. I thought this prayer thread might be the best place. This came from 52Best, which some of you are no doubt familiar with. This is told as a true story. We dog lovers won’t doubt it, I’m sure. The Friday Story: “Grieving after Husband’s Death” During my husband’s four-year battle with cancer, Friday our golden retriever laid beside his bed, provided support when my husband walked, and never left his side. He obviously knew something was wrong and was devoted to his master. Before my husband was ill, he was a senior sports-and-news cameraman for a major TV station. Owing to the nature of his assignments, my husband’s work hours were unpredictable. Regardless of the hour, Friday always knew when my husband was headed home and ran to the front door, wagging his tail and sitting patiently until my husband’s car pulled into the driveway. After my husband’s death at the hospital, Friday sat at the front door all day, every day, whining and waiting for my husband’s return. He stopped eating and wouldn’t leave the front hallway. He refused to play with our children whom he loved because “guard duty” was his only purpose. He left his post each day only quickly to go to the back yard, and then would return. My heart was breaking for this dog. After one week of watching Friday’s vigil, I decided to help him understand what happened. Hesitantly, Friday left his post and got into the car with me. His car behavior was unusual: He paced from window to window, looking everywhere for my husband. I drove to the cemetery, and we walked together toward my husband’s gravesite. As we got closer, Friday pulled away from me and ran directly to my husband’s grave. He lay down on the grave, closed his eyes, and just stayed there, quietly. I didn’t try to talk to Friday or to disturb him – he needed to grieve, too. After an hour, Friday got up and walked over to me, using his mouth to hand me his leash. He was ready to go home. On the way back home, Friday laid down quietly in the backseat. After we arrived home, he kept kissing my hands as if to say “thank you” and never again sat by the front door waiting for my husband to return home. He now understood. His behavior returned to normal around the children and he began eating again. In time, he healed as we did. ~ The author is L.B.J. from Lake Worth, Florida. The story is retold by Dr. Michael Fox who is the “Animal Doctor” in United Features Syndicate.

     

     

    • AFinch says:

       

       

      Thanks Pat.

       

       

    • Menagerie says:

       

       

      Pat, I shared this story with all three of my sons, who love dogs as I do. One has a golden retriever named Clyde, one of the most beautiful dogs I have ever seen. As far as I am concerned, dogs are one of God’s greatest, most comforting gifts to us. Thanks for sharing. Ad rem: kitties too.

       

       

    • Ad rem says:

       

       

      Pat (sniff…sniff..) …..our cat would also wait outside by the front door for my husband to come home…every night. Sometimes he would work late and that cat would be out there huddled in the cold for hours. He lived to be almost nineteen….and never left my husband’s side except to quickly eat or drink.

       

       

    • tasherit says:

       

       

      Have you seen “God and Dog”? Here’s the URL: It beautifully expresses how I feel.

       

       

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