Prayer Requests 7-3-17

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Psalm 119

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
    that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
    in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
    when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
    as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
    do not utterly forsake me.

12 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 7-3-17

  1. Our Pastor posted this on Facebook this morning. He announced it at the end of the service yesterday. The baby was due in November.

    It is with a heavy heart that Holly, Enzo, and I announce the following: Thursday Holly and I went in for her 18 week ultrasound expecting to the learn the gender of our baby, instead we discovered that there was no heartbeat. On Friday Holly was induced and delivered our child. We are thankful that there were no complications during the delivery and that Holly is now home resting. At some point we will be having a service for our child once her remains are released to us.
    We named our baby Anastasia Claire Borrasso. Her middle name, Claire, is Holly’s grandmas name who passed this January. Anastasia is from the Greek word αναστασις (anastasis) which means resurrection. That is where our hope remains, especially for Anastasia, in Christ and the resurrection. While she was unable to be baptized, we rest assured that she rests in the arms of Christ our Lord. At least three passages are relevant here:
    Isaiah 55:10-11:“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
    Luke 1:40-43: She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
    Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
    From this we can conclude that not only can infants have faith, so can children in the womb. That faith is created through the work of the Holy Spirit who indeed knew what to pray for even if we did not. The same Spirit who works through Word and Sacrament to create and sustain faith in adults and children, we trust, has worked through the Word Anastasia heard in the womb to accomplish the purpose for which it was sent.
    We ask for your prayers as we continue to mourn the loss of our daughter and sister. While I know that in situations such as this it is often said that the child is with angels or loved ones, what provides more hope and comfort is the reality that she rests with Christ, as He alone is Lord and the only source of hope in life and in death. We do not mourn as those who have no hope, for we know that not only will we meet her at the rail when the whole company of heaven gathers to be fed by our Lord, but we shall see and hold her in the resurrection of all flesh on the last day.

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  2. Having gone through years of infertility, I always thought it had to be harder to lose a baby than to not be able to conceive at all. I admire their strength and faith.

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  3. Praying for your pastor and his family, Linda. There are poignant memories that linger through the years after little ones in the womb depart this life before we can hold them, even, as your pastor correctly noted, that we don’t grieve as those who have no hope. Jesus tenderly draws His lambs to Himself, and there is much comfort for us believers, knowing our babies are home with our Savior Who loves us so much.

    Today I am remembering our baby Aron, whose due date was July 3, 2003, but who went home to the Lord in late 2002. His/her body emerged from mine on my dad’s 73rd birthday in December 2002.

    Thanking God that Aron, as well as Shawn (our other little one I carried within me for a short time in early 2006), are safe in Jesus’ arms. And I marvel when I look at my 13-year-old son, who would not have been conceived if I had carried Aron to term.

    The Lord is good and wise in all His ways, and the tears of gratitude flow. Praise God.

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  4. Nightingale is going to briefly visit the viewing/wake of a patient who recently died, who she was especially fond of. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to minister to her heart about eternity & eternal truths.

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  5. This request has a few different facets.

    Chickadee will not be able to help me babysit on Thursday (which will be a long day – 6:30am to around 4:00pm) because she has a doctor’s appointment that would be hard to reschedule. She’d had another doctor’s appointment sometime within the last couple months, & when I asked if anything was wrong, she reacted in an irritated way, saying it was “just a doctor’s appointment”.

    Quite frankly, it bothers me that the McKs know what is going on with my daughter, but I don’t. (It also bothers me that we took it for granted that she wouldn’t want to come over for our little cook-out today, but would want to be with the McKs. I asked her anyway, & she said she was going to a picnic with them.)

    So the facets I see are. . .I am not looking forward to a long day of babysitting & puppysitting by myself. . .What is wrong with Chickadee that she has another doctor’s appointment? And what kind of doctor is it?. . . Chickadee’s unhealthy relationship with the McKs, on one side, & her emotional distance from us on the other.

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  6. Michelle has written about praying that if the loved one is not strong enough to break a relationship, that the other person will. I have sometimes prayed, as my husband once suggested, that God would put a wedge in the relationship between Chickadee & the McKs, but felt a bit uncomfortable with that.

    The problem I have had with that is that God is a God of forgiveness & reconciliation. Would praying for a wedge to come between people be going against God’s will, against His character?

    But I have started to pray that if it is God’s will for Chickadee to come home, & she doesn’t have the strength to break from them, that He would prompt them to ask her to (or suggest that she) come back home.

    And above all, I pray God’s will be done, I also pray that He would move by His Holy Spirit in each one of the McKs, doing a great work in each one of their hearts.

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  7. I have prayed that for your daughter, Kizzie. Some people are not good together, so I do not see why that would be a wrong prayer. Such a prayer would not wish harm for the others, but what would be best for them, too, if the relationship is unhealthy.

    I hesitate to bring it up, but are you sure there is nothing sexual going on? It seems from what you have written that it could be possible. That would make a very strong bond. OTOH, it is much easier to stay around those who do not expect anything much of you and encourage you to do little. The McK’s would be encouraging her to spend time with her own family, if they were considering her best and respected you, IMO.

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  8. Thank you, Kathaleena, for your prayers.

    Nightingale has also asked if I thought Chickadee might be a lesbian. On one hand, Chickadee can seem to have the stereotypical “lesbian look” – she keeps her hair pretty short (it used to be in a kind of “butch” style), & usually wears very casual clothes, mostly t-shirts & pants of some kind. She one time referred to herself (on an online profile I’m not supposed to know about) as “non-binary”.

    That means supposedly neither male nor female. From what I have read, it is fairly common for women with Asperger’s to have some typically male tendencies, too. But although she usually dresses so casually, she has some distinctly feminine aspects about her, & often likes to wear dresses on holidays.

    I admit that the possibility is there, but I have my doubts. This may seem like a silly reason, but here it is. . . She & I have watched various TV shows together over the years, & even now have one that we watch on Netflix, that we’ll catch an episode of every now & then. Although she has tried to be casual about it, & hide it, I have seen the characters/actors she’s had huge crushes on. They’re all male. She also had a crush on our youth pastor (a man) at church a few years ago, when she was still attending with us.

    Having said all that, I realize that it is still possible that some kind of a physical relationship can be going on between her & the younger daughter, her best friend (who is a lesbian). So, I doubt it, but I don’t completely rule it out.

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  9. From what I wrote, it may look like I think all lesbians have the stereotypical “butch” look, but I know that is not true. My bisexual niece is a beautiful, very feminine young woman. And on the flip side, a devout Christian friend of mine, who has been happily married (to a man) for over 30 years, has that “lesbian look”. She keeps her hair quite short, & spiked a bit, & usually wears what I think of as “athletic clothes”, t-shirts or sweatshirts with sweatpants or the baggy athletic-type shorts, & sneakers).

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  10. Chickadee arrived a little while ago. (She sleeps over when we babysit first shift.) I asked her what kind of doctor she is seeing, & she said she was just about to come talk to me about that.

    She has been seeing a psychiatrist, & has been on an anti-depressant for a couple months. I’m glad she is addressing her anxiety, depression, & anger issues, but also a little concerned about what the doctor may tell or advise her. Please pray for wisdom for her & for her doctor.

    I suggested she bring up the subject of Asperger’s, to maybe finally get a diagnosis, whether it is that or not. She thinks that’s a good idea.

    I think she feels better for having told me what is going on.

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