Prayer Requests 5-9-20

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Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

10 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 5-9-20

  1. I requested prayer this week for my best friend Karen, who has been having health struggles the last couple of months and was undergoing testing this week.

    The news isn’t good, but you can hear her upbeat nature coming through, nonetheless, in this email she sent out last night:

    Thank you for your prayers on my behalf this week! I have really felt uplifted! Continued prayers are appreciated for me and my family as we enter a new season our lives. Feel free to pass this on to anyone willing to pray on our behalf.

    This is the information that we have so far:

    Initial diagnosis: Stage 4 uterine cancer. The cancer has spread throughout the lungs. Dr. Gil Harmon and Dr. Dana Benden have recommended starting Chemotherapy ASAP (next week). There is no cure. The purpose of chemotherapy is to slow the progression in the lungs. Surgery to remove the large mass in the uterus may be an option after chemotherapy. Prolonging the quality of life and managing the symptoms is the goal.

    A biopsy was taken on 5/7/20 to determine the cancer type – Carcinosarcoma and what type of “recipe” to use for the Chemotherapy.

    Seeking a second opinion was recommended. I have an appointment at Gundersen on Monday, May 11th. One blessing of COVID19 is that it may be available “virtually” so that travel to Rochester (Mayo) or Madison would not be necessary. Dr. Harmon thinks that regardless of where the second opinion is obtained, Chemotherapy would be the first choice.

    Dr. Harmon is a Christian – Which is a HUGE factor in my confidence of his abilities. He is very personable and easy to talk to. He is not afraid to say ‘I don’t know.’ I have seen Dr. Benden before. She was a great blessing to me when she removed some Para tubal cysts in 2005. (Dr. Benden was the only OB-GYN that believed me that Para tubal cysts could be painful.)

    I find comfort in the words of Paul:

    “We do not want you to uniformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. II Corinthians 1: 8 – 11

    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me. Philippians 1: 21 – 26”

    In His Service:

    Karen [M]

    Please pray for Karen and her family as they come to mind. Her husband is Mike; her five children — all adults in their 20s and early 30s — Dan, Beth, Tim, Laura, and Amber; her mom Valrie, who has dementia and won’t understand what’s going on with the daughter who has taken her to all her appointments and various other things in the years since her widowhood; and her siblings: one brother local, the other brothers scattered throughout the Midwest, and her sister in New Mexico.

    Amber is 3rd Arrow’s best friend. 3rd says Amber sounds like she’s doing pretty well, but Amber believes her sisters, who are married and live out of state, are taking it harder because they can’t as easily get home. Amber is a college student, back to living at home since campus closure. Of her two brothers, one is local and the other a few hours away.

    Thank you so much for praying for this dear friend of mine.

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  2. Our church prayer list includes a young firefighter, father of 5, who is battling COVID-19 and wound up having two brain surgeries for bleeding yesterday; he’s stable but may be left with neurological damage.

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  3. Thanks, everybody. The news took me by surprise when I saw her email. She’d said last Friday that her doctor was going to test for gluten intolerance, so when she wrote to us on Tuesday and said that tests yielded some answers and she would have more testing, I assumed blood testing showed gluten intolerance, which usually then leads to a biopsy to make a celiac diagnosis certain.

    I had no idea the further testing was to determine the type of cancer she has, and cried reading her email. But I understand her wanting to keep things pretty quiet the last couple months about her symptoms, since her youngest has been home from college most of that time. They waited until Thursday night, when they could teleconference with their geographically scattered family, to tell them all the test results, and then she revealed it to us friends last night, though I didn’t see the email until this morning.

    I had a vague sense Karen hasn’t been well for a while — she never healed well from her broken arm 15 months ago, struggling with medically unexplained inflammation in her arm, wrist, hand and fingers for at least a year — but our not being able to see each other the last almost two months now made her most recent symptoms invisible to me.

    All I wish is that I could see her again soon and give her a big hug and cry together, then talk of the love of Jesus and His promises of comfort and peace.

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  4. 6 arrows, can’t even imagine. Prayers for your friend and her family. I had a friend who was diagnosed, really quite out of the blue, with stage 4 lung cancer (not a smoker). Devastating, just getting your mind around something like that.

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  5. Prayer for wisdom in these times, especially for our churches.

    And prayer for our nation which seems more divided than ever. It only seems to continue getting worse with each national or world event.

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  6. Amen to both graphs, DJ. I wonder often lately if the Lord is coming back soon — it sometimes seems to me, albeit in my limited knowledge, that we may be deep into the end times, with all the catastrophic things happening around the globe. But then, too, I think we in this country have had it so much easier for a long time, compared to other countries, that it might seem more horribly disastrous and widespread when what others have dealt with for so long, and so intensely, starts to come our way.

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet? (Sorry for the rock song reference.)

    How long, Lord?

    Prayers for wisdom and perseverance.

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