Prayer Requests 12-9-16

It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the Nestlings.

Anyone else?

Psalm 70

Hasten, O God, to save me;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

May those who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    turn back because of their shame.
But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    Lord, do not delay.

19 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 12-9-16

  1. No baby yet, Michelle. They’re trying to wait until closer to the 28th.

    But should tell you I do have other babies on the way soon (within the next 2 or 3 months). Middle son called a couple of months after oldest son to say they’re having a baby (another girl, second one) and the baby was fine, but there was a cyst on the ultra sound. They were monitoring that for awhile. But recently he called to say they did another ultrasound and there is no cyst (praise God)—but there is a ‘sis’ with a strong heartbeat! Twin baby girls due early March! They are in Nevada.

    Closer to home (right here in fact) my niece is also due in January, but she looks like she’s about to pop right now. If she lasts until Christmas I’ll be surprised. So my dad, who has 3 living grandchildren, is about to get 4 new great-grands in a 2-3 month period. And I will have 6 grandchildren (including my steps).

    Prayers are appreciated for all of these. I am so thankful for God’s mercy and kindness. And that even in loss, He does turn and leave a blessing behind.

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  2. Doctors and nurses seem to find all kinds of things with today’s pregnancies. All that new technology is a blessing, but can also be a bain. We probably had all kinds of issues with our pregnancies, but just never knew it and almost all were resolved before birth. At least, that has been our experience. We had two grands who were born quite early. One was 6 weeks early and perfect. The other was also perfect. The mom ended up with pneumonia when they tried to stop the pregnancy, however.

    Glad things seem to be going ok right now. Twins! Double the blessing.

    Our latest was also early, but that was expected with the Down’s possibility (which turned out to be true.).

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  3. Our former pastor had a Down’s child. They had been planning to go to the mission field, but that changed the plan. When I met them, Jeanie was in her late 30’s; and she was priceless. A real blessing to the whole church.

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  4. Debra, I had a couple in my previous church who had two grown children. They had one grandchild, I think, when both daughter and son ended up expecting within about two weeks . . . one with twins. If I recall correctly, they quadrupled their grandchildren (and doubled their offspring) in a single week. The grandmother (a nurse whose husband was a doctor) was wanted at both locations, but I believe she chose to go to the family expecting twins.

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  5. Debra – I know a couple who would take great umbrage at someone calling their little girl a “Downs child”, as they insist that “a child with Downs Syndrome” is more correct. They feel that labeling her a “Downs child” means that’s all there is to her. (I’ve read some saying the same about calling people with autism “autistic”, but others don’t mind the word.)

    I don’t think people mean anything offensive by it, but it has made me change the way I might say something like that. But I noticed that in the Moebius Syndrome “community”, we refer to kids with Moebius as “Moebius kids”. 🙂

    Kathaleena – How does Designer Girl feel about that subject? I understand why some parents would not like “Downs child”, but I also think they should give grace to those who misstep. The couple I mentioned above tend to get on their high horse about things, & wrote a scathing post about it.

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  6. My friend’s husband’s surgery was scheduled for 9:30 Central this morning. He is still in surgery now. They found another problem they need to fix, so things got delayed by another MRI and the additional repairs. He’s having one disc removed, spurs cleared out, the vertebrae fused, and whatever is being done about the new problem. My friend (K) is feeling good. Please continue to pray for peace for her and for successful surgery for A. Thank you.

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  7. A friend of mine has a teenage son with Down Syndrome. For a long time my friend referred to it as Trisomy 21 instead of Down Syndrome. I think he was trying to minimize having his son “labeled” as Kizzie described. He’s never been on a high horse about it though – in fact he’s one of the most gracious people I know.

    I also have a delightful 40-year-old cousin with Down Syndrome.

    (To be technical, the syndrome named for John Langdon Down should be called either “Down’s syndrome” with an apostrophe as Debra used it or “Down Syndrome”, but not “Downs Syndrome” without an apostrophe. In the 70’s, the NIH standardized the name to “Down Syndrome”, although “Down’s” is still in wide use.)

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  8. To add to the conversation regarding labels, here is a perspective from a father/author whose son is on the autism spectrum. From Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism, by Joel Yanofsky, a book I read a few years ago:

    Your vocabulary gets overhauled when you become the parent of a special-needs child. Special, for instance, no longer means what it once did; neither does extraordinary or exceptional or challenged. Typical is suddenly an unreliable word. And normal is fraught; you can forget about normal altogether…

    But now, for me, all these words, labels, come out of my mouth tentatively, as if they should have invisible quotes attached to them, like the string on a yo-yo, so you can pull them back. With autism, there is the added issue of how to use the word itself. Do I refer to Jonah as autistic or do I make the effort each time to say he has autism? Do I say it that way until it becomes second nature to me? Have I figured it out yet? Is autism something he has or something he is?

    I found those to be very thought-provoking questions, especially considering them from a perspective that recognizes all these children/adults are blessings made in the image of God. How do we best reflect that reality in our references to these image-bearers who touch our lives?

    I don’t have the answers, but the questions are worthwhile to ponder, IMO.

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  9. 6 Arrows, I don’t see an adjective as insulting. My father-in-law has diabetes; in adjective form, that makes him a diabetic man, which is often shortened to “a diabetic.” No one would begin to think I’m limiting his “identity” to his diabetes. I have a brother who is handicapped (he has only one leg). When the terminology briefly turned from “handicapped” to “crippled,” he was annoyed. A handicap is a limitation; it is no insult to say that a person is handicapped. To say they are “differently abled” is the height of stupidity. Of course a person can be handicapped and still have some very strong skills. (My handicapped brother is far and away the most successful of us from a career standpoint.) But then, a person who is severely handicapped, unable even to feed himself for example, is still a human made in the image of God and still a person of value. Those who insist we refer to such people as “differently abled” even if they have no real “ability” at all are the same ones shouting for the right to kill them in the womb.

    When I lived in a black community, I had friends to whom the only appropriate terms was “African American.” Yet it’s a frequently inaccurate term. (I know black people who are Africans, not American citizens, and I once knew some black people who were not from Africa!) Furthermore, we as a people shorten everything. Charles becomes Chuck; Katherine becomes Kate. But we’re supposed to go with the seven-syllable mouthful “African American” instead of the simple “black”? One black author I edited had extended e-mails with me over his insistence that we could not, could not, could not use the term “American Indian,” which (at least at that time) was far and away the term of preference for Indians. Nor could we even use “Native Americans” (which was not the choice of Indians themselves; they prefer either a tribal identity if you know it or just “Indian”), but that we must use “First Nations.” I had never even heard that term at that point, so I researched it and discovered it was the Canadian term for American Indians, and thus inaccurate for the US people of whom we were talking. That mattered not to my author–it was newer and thus kinder and thus we had to use it. Well, I have zero sympathy for “Newer means better” as a line of argument. In that circumstance, “newer” meant “inaccurate,” and I wasn’t at all interested in that. (I can’t speak for whether US Indians like “Native American” today or whether “First Nations” is used within our borders. This was years and years ago.)

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  10. Cheryl, I don’t see “autistic” or “diabetic” or other similar words to be insulting, either. What I could relate to concerning the above author’s perspective is his personal difficulty in saying “is autistic” versus “has autism.” I don’t find it offensive to hear the word “autistic” used, in general or regarding a particular child or adult, but I personally struggle to use that term. I don’t know why that is, but the author’s thoughts resonated with me because I’d already struggled to use the adjective form of the word, well before I read his perspective.

    My grandmother was, and my uncle is, diabetic, and I’ve never had difficulty stating the reality of their diabetes that way, so why I can say “autism” with little hesitation, but not “autistic,” is beyond me. Maybe in time that will change. I’ve been hearing diabetes/diabetic for most of my life; not so much autism/autistic.

    I hope my post didn’t sound like I thought one way of saying it might be a more Christian response, or less offensive or insulting, or what-have-you, than the other way.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  11. My daughter has never mentioned a preference. I have only seen her get very angry when someone thinks it is ok to abort these human beings. I am sure she will have other times, since she is a strong advocate for all her children.

    When we get to be with the baby, it is like being with every other child—a time of learning what they are like. Then we can do whatever is appropriate for her. Each child is so very different; getting to know them is important with each child.

    We can all be offended in so many different ways. It is childish and tiring, IMO. Nor is it helpful to cave in to every whim and peevishness of others. It trivializes offense to the point of making the real deal ignored.

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  12. 6 Arrows, no, I didn’t think you were offended. I was just showing how it is in keeping with our use of the language to use an adjective (if there is one–there isn’t one for “cancer,” for instance), and not objectively an insult. Also that I think we should strive to be polite, but not to bend into pretzels. (I think “mentally retarded” is a descriptive term, but “retard” became an insult that made that term a derogatory one, for example. So I wouldn’t use it.unless with great care and using both words.)


  13. Good thoughts, all.

    I haven’t heard back from K how A’s surgery went, but she told me yesterday that he would be kept overnight tonight. Hoping everything went well, and that he’ll be able to go home tomorrow. I’ll update further when I hear more. Thank you for the prayers. And if you would say a prayer for the little ones — 10 of their children are not yet adults, and no doubt it is different for them tonight since daddy is not home.

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  14. I say my brother is a diabetic as one facet of who He is, similar to saying he is a sales person. I don’t think of it as limiting so much as it says that he functions best under specific conditions.

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