Prayer Requests 3-27-17

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Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

 

16 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-27-17

  1. I would appreciate prayers for safety. In the morning I am flying, with several others, to a town about an hour and a half or so from here, but only a 15 minute flight. I organized the group. We will only stay for the day and then be picked up to return home. I want to buy bilums, string bags, for supporters so I am taking money to do that. Not too safe to travel with money here, but flights are safer. Once we arrive, we have to walk about a mile from the airstrip side of town to the hotel and store side. Thanks

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  2. My brother’s wife and younger daughter are safely home from London. Their older daughter flies back home from Norway on Wednesday. Thanks for the prayers, and continued prayers are appreciated for their older daughter’s safe travels.

    And a praise that a situation 1st Arrow faced last night wasn’t any worse than it was. He got a knock at his apartment door last night around 8:00, and when he opened it, there were four cops, one of whom immediately started patting him down, with others going into his apartment searching it, without explanation. Son had no idea what was going on, and had to keep saying no or “I don’t know” to all their questions. He’s in apartment 7 in his building, and there had apparently been a call about someone pulling a gun on someone else in apt. #7. After about ten minutes of questioning, they finally asked him to show some ID, and then they figured out they had the wrong guy and the wrong building. (It’s a multi-building complex, and the suspect was in apt. 7 of a different building.)

    One officer came back about 40 minutes later to apologize and tell son they found the guy they were looking for. And that it wasn’t a real gun in the incident.

    Son later talked to his neighbor in #6, a guy who had just moved in last week (it’s a small town they live in), and he had just moved away from the Twin Cities to escape that sort of thing. Violence and threatened violence and idiocy are not limited to urban areas.

    Son was pretty shaken up by the whole experience for a while, but did eventually settle down to sleep. I’m thankful he remained calm and non-combative during the ordeal.

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  3. And at the same time it bothers me to think they proceeded as they did without explanation, and full of assumptions. What if son had a concealed carry permit and had actually had a gun on him? He would have had a legitimate right to be carrying a weapon under those circumstances. I shudder to think what would have happened if he’d had one, on him or in his apartment, when they acted like they were so sure that son was the suspect.

    I wonder about the legalities, too, of their entering his apartment while patting him down in the hall without a word of explanation.

    And son said he has a safe big enough to store a gun, and he was surprised they never asked him to open his safe. So they’re not very thorough in that respect, which doesn’t exactly engender confidence in the city and county law enforcement (both were there) were it a case where there really was danger to innocent people. (And, obviously, with their actions with my son, and not knowing it was a toy gun used in the incident in the other building, they did think it was a dangerous situation.

    Sheesh.

    Sorry. This probably should have been somewhere other than the prayer thread.

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  4. 6 Arrows, I once heard of a case similar to your son’s (wrong house, middle of the night) in which the homeowner’s two dogs attacked the “intruders” (the police) and were both shot dead. I’m sure it happens with people, too–some confused homeowner makes a “wrong move” that looks threatening.

    We once had knocks on the door in the middle of the night. Mom and Dad went to the door, sleepily, in their bathrobes, and we kids peeked around the corner (or at least I did). The police explained they got a call about people fighting at this address. They had to have seen immediately they had the wrong house, or maybe someone called in a prank call to get us all out of bed (we had teen neighbors who were known to make other sorts of prank calls), but it was a little disconcerting even without the police coming in. In our case they simply stood at the door, explained the situation, and left.

    I’m very, very glad your son is OK.

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  5. That must have been scary, 6!

    I think the reason they didn’t start out with questioning may have been because of the suspicion he had a gun. Not patting him down right away could have resulted in a gun being drawn, & someone getting shot (if they’d had the right apartment & the right guy, that is).

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  6. I s’pose. That makes sense. And, now that I think of it, I suppose since they didn’t handcuff him, they didn’t have to offer any explanation of what they were doing / read him his rights, etc. Still pretty alarming to go through, and someone with a different personality may have freaked out at such a shocking experience, and, like Cheryl mentions, could have in the process become confused and made “wrong move” that looked threatening.

    I hope nothing like that ever happens to my younger son, who, if he’s able to live independently some day, may not have as strong an ability to stay in calm control of his emotions during such a startling event.

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  7. For those who prayed for me: I am feeling much better. A sincere thank you to you all and to the Great Physician who heals all our diseases (although not right away here on earth).

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  8. Glad to hear that, Kathaleena. When is your upcoming trip? (Or maybe you don’t want to divulge that, now that I think of it.) I hope you enjoy good health and have a nice time on the trip.

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  9. I’m assuming that they had a search warrant or some such legal right to search his apartment. I rather assumed that was something you would have to tell the home owner, and show it if needed, that you can’t simply walk in.

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  10. I wondered that, too, Cheryl, but not until after I was off the phone with son. He didn’t say that they showed a search warrant, but maybe they did. It all sounded like things moved very quickly, though, with no explanation whatsoever, in my understanding, until sometime later in the encounter.

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  11. I don’t mean to monopolize the thread, but could I request prayer again? I need to do better with giving my stresses to God. I’m sitting here again with pain in my chest, which is usually stress-related (though it feels a little different this time). Sometimes everything feels like too much, and it’s been a lot in the last five days — terrorist attack in London with loved ones in pretty close proximity (although not injured); troubling phone call from engaged daughter the next day; and now this with adult son last night. The first and the third items are no longer issues affecting family, but the second has present significance and potential long-term ramifications. These things are not too big for God, but they are for me. Pray that I’ll release to Him the worries I am unnecessarily lugging around — and that would be all of them. Thanks.

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  12. I would think that if there was a report of someone menacing another with a gun, the police don’t have to take the time to get a search warrant. There is also something called reasonable cause, I think, that allows them to search a person’s residence or car.

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  13. Sorry for your stresses, 6 Arrows. There are some matters in our lives here that can burden me & threaten to pull me down into depression (which I am prone to, or at least used to be), & cause me to feel some despair. In those moments, I try to remember to cast those cares upon Jesus, our Burden-Bearer. Sometimes it takes a while before I can bring myself to surrender those cares & loved ones to Him, but I get around to it eventually. 🙂

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