Prayer Requests 2-4-19

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Psalm 5

Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.
   You hate all who do wrong;
 you destroy those who tell lies.
   The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
   in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
   Their throat is an open grave;
    with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
   Banish them for their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
   Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

8 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-4-19

  1. A member of our Ukiah church lost a daughter to suicide this morning. I don’t remember the young woman. The mom posted a dozen photos and a goodbye to the girl this morning on Facebook (I don’t know how she did that). The woman appeared to be the mother of three, including a fairly newborn, under five. Married, in college, working a job, three kids. Please pray for the family.

    The most poignant line in this post: “Say hi to dad.” The Mom’s husband/girl’s father died 18 months ago after a long lingering death from cancer.

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  2. How awful, Michelle.

    I also don’t know how people post on FB about such tragedy, but I suppose everyone’s different. I tend to sink into a hole when tragedy strikes, putting it all on FB would be the last thing I’d even think of doing. 😦

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  3. My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.

    A lot of people share on Facebook because it is a quick way to inform people and receive support. I think it might save a person from endless phone calls which can interupt grief. I do not know what I would do.

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  4. My brother posted on Caring Bridge before calling me. I still had dial-up and was staying offline because he had asked me to call family for him when he called me; I was keeping the line open for him to call me, knowing it would probably be that day. When he called me and asked me if I had seen his Caring Bridge post, I was taken aback that he hadn’t called me first. Me, I’d alert family first.

    I have no idea how many people knew before I did when my brother-in-law died. I found out almost by accident that he was even in the hospital (he was rushed there by ambulance from work, and was DOA). My sister-in-law called me and asked if I knew why he was in the hospital, and I said no, I didn’t know even that he was in the hospital, and she said she called their house and the kids told her Daddy was in the hospital and Mommy was on their way to visit him there. An hour or so later I got a call from my sister that he was with the Lord, which was shocking enough with the slight heads-up of knowing he was in the hospital!

    Later I found out my sister had extremely mixed feelings about hearing that friends from church had posted on Facebook asking for prayer for her as she drives home to tell her children their daddy is with the Lord–she was grateful for prayers, but bothered that her kids could have gotten the news from someone other than her. (The family did not have a computer yet, so at least the children would not read it on Facebook.) It also just doesn’t seem like the right way for a church, or family members, to find out someone has died, from a posting made by someone outside the family before family knows.

    Michelle, that is a hard one, and an intense grief. I know people who have lost family members that way (my sister-in-law lost her brother and then her mother, and I have often wondered if that is why she herself got the cancer, and I’ve had close friends lose loved ones, too)–it’s a uniquely brutal loss.

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  5. Yeah, I’m with you on that one, Cheryl. The reason the newspaper doesn’t publish names “until family have been informed,” is for that very reason.

    We should be hearing news like this after family has all heard in private.

    There’s also no filter on the information in a public forum. Our friend was killed on the motorscooter on the freeway in a very grisly manner. I’m not sure I’ll ever get over what I read in the paper I was so upset, I wrote a letter of complaint about the writer to the editor.

    The family, wisely, chose not to investigate any further. What they saw when called to the hospital was bad enough, they didn’t need the details. 😦

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  6. I suspect she was in shock and did what she did and probably regretted it later. Definitely a family that needs prayer and to know God, any that don’t, and to be known by Him.

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