Prayer Requests 6-6-20

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Psalm 116

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.

10 I trusted in the Lord when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
    “Everyone is a liar.”

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord
    in your midst, Jerusalem.

   Praise the Lord.

23 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 6-6-20

  1. LOL
    “I serve you just as my mother did”
    I taught SS for years. But my mother taught children of the children she taught.

    The OT concept of “vows” is interesting. The OT is full of that discussion. But it is not mentioned in the NT. Paul likely made a vow to visit Jerusalem. He seemed driven by the need to go there.

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  2. Chas, since you brought it up, I don’t understand the concept of couples “renewing their vows.” By their very definition, vows do not need to be renewed.

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  3. Never saw the need, and my parents, who will mark their 45th anniversary this year, never saw the need. But my guess is that it is a trip down memory lane for the couple, and it has been done for a surprisingly long time, as L. M. Montgomery mentions, in ‘Anne if Windy Poplars’, a side story of a couple celebrating their anniversary by repeating their vows.

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  4. I think repeating one’s vows (saying them aloud again so that we are reminded what they are) is different from “renewing” them as though they’re about to run out. The only reason I know of for vow renewal is if one partner has been unfaithful and they are making a conscious choice to stay together and start anew. But I would think that would only be done publicly if the adultery was public knowledge. Otherwise, to do it with a witness (e.g., the pastor who has been counseling them through repentance and forgiveness) would be good, but not to have a public ceremony.

    I know of a couple who divorced after adultery but then remarried. (Though it turned out he hadn’t actually repented or quit the adultery . . . but that’s another story. He was the father of my roommate who was getting married. Then the husband of the young couple had a brother who married two weeks before he did. Their father told his sons on the second son’s wedding day–this was the wedding that included my roommate–with his other son back from the honeymoon in time to attend his brother’s wedding, that he was leaving their mother.) Anyway . . . if the couple had never actually divorced, but they were separated or otherwise had a marriage in great peril, I can see repentance and forgiveness having some sort of public or private renewal of vows.

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  5. Friend of ours renewed/repeated/confirmed their vows for their 40th wedding anniversary. It was significant because they had come through things that often or usually break up a marriage. There was the husband’s long-term alcoholism which caused him to not able to keep a job for many years (while the wife struggled to raise their four children), and his abuse of his wife (and it was bad). But he eventually came to the Lord, repented, got sober, and turned his life around. They now have a good solid marriage.

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  6. I may have told ya’ll that we ran off and got married. We did have an exchange of vows before the Pastor and his wife, and my best friend and her boyfriend. We look back at that time and mutter “what were we thinking”!? 😂
    Years later…10 years later at our church an evening was set aside for couples to say their vows to each other..a time of renewal. I had committed my life to our Lord after we married, our marriage was on better footing and we wanted to stand before our Pastor and those in our church body for them to witness our vows. I even wrote to my Mother in law about it…after learning of our marriage she had been very angry and I was not much liked by her. I told her of why we participated and apologized to her for any hurt we (I) had caused her due to our initial decision…running off to marry and telling no one. So you see there can be many reasons for renewing vows to one another….and here we are 45 years later 😊

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  7. The 40th. I read a novel once in which a pastor began his service with “welcome to the marriage feast of the lamb. We’re going to start today, with an actual wedding,” and then a couple came forward and got married.

    I’ve always loved the idea of doing something like that, and had suggested to my husband we do so after the first service, followed by coffee and cake for our coffee time, and then everyone goes off to Sunday school.

    He didn’t want to do it–didn’t like the extravert’s idea–and so we didn’t do anything public like that. Indeed, we took our local family members out to a terrific dinner and the next night (our actual anniversary), fled our house as the fires swept over the hills.

    Hmmm. If I never do that again, I’ll be happy.

    But, I’d still love to attend a simple wedding in a worship service. Maybe Stargazer will try that approach–and surprise us all! 🙂

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  8. My EMT is wait listed for medical school. The med schools can contact her up until the day before classes start.

    Not the clear answer we had hoped for, but she’s still in the running. I think I’m back to feeling deflated again. 😦

    However, I’ve been thinking today about how the Lord works and how–deflated–we can feel when our expectations don’t go the way we think they should.

    Instead, the God who knows the past and the future has all things in control and what He brings about is always so much better, if circuitous, than we can imagine.

    So, I’ll praise the Lord for what He is doing and look with hope and expectation to what will come next. Thanks be to God–that I am not He and I am not in control of the universe.

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  9. Kizzie once my Mother in law allowed herself to get to know me she loved me. She taught me to cook, bake and how to walk through this life in grace. The Lord used her willing heart to bring me along in so many ways. She stood up for me when things went wrong. We had a very close relationship and I was forever thankful for that one opportunity to let her know that one regret of hurting her even though it was not intentionally done to hurt her. As a Mom I can understand those hurts resulting in the actions of a child. Everyone would remark how much the relationship between my Mr and I reminded them of my in laws relationship…we tease one another much, and laugh a lot…we finish one another’s sentences and thoughts. My Mother in law noticed that as well…and we would all have a good laugh about it. The Lord is good! ❤️

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  10. Michelle, it isn’t the same situation as waiting on medical school, but maybe this will help you remember what you already know, that God’s timing is good.

    Our daughter elected to pursue her nursing education through what is called a “bridge” program. If I understand correctly, that means that instead of simply enrolling in a two-year program to become an RN, she was accepted for a one-year program, at the end of which she would take a test to become an LPN. She then would have to be re-accepted into an RN program rather than simply continuing on.

    Well, she did everything she needed to do, but she couldn’t register for the test until the government (state gov’t, I think), sent her some kind of invitation. So she waited, and waited. And she finally got it, and took the test and became an LPN. The only problem is, because of issues that weren’t her fault (getting the invitation late), she didn’t meet the deadline to continue toward her RN degree this year.

    She wasn’t very happy about that, and even considered trying to get into a program in another city instead.

    Well, as it turns out, she became an LPN (passed her test) in February . . . my husband and I were on our Valentine’s Day date when she called to tell us. And so she was a newly minted nurse when COVID-19 hit. And had she gone into the RN program in her timing, she (1) would have to be beginning it online, which she said doesn’t sound like a good idea at all and (2) would not have been available to work full time at the nursing home during these last few months when she has been needed there. Also, if she hadn’t yet taken the test, that would have delayed her becoming a nurse (LPN), so really the timing of it all worked out perfectly for her to actually be a nurse, but not in the RN program just yet.

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  11. Exactly, Cheryl.

    This is the final time she’ll apply , and that’s the perspective I’m using. She recognizes what an asset she has been at her EMS company during this crisis— and as DJ notes, it may come roaring back in LA. Had she been in medical school instead of in her role, things might be very different for many people.

    A dream deferred makes the heart sick, but in this case, it may send her in a different direction. I keep thinking there’s a guy somewhere who is late for this mama, but not, again, in that same God’s timing.

    We’ll all be together next Sunday for a week. She can hardly wait, and neither can we. I guess I should ask for prayer that our time playing at the lake, in the bosom of her family, will help her hear God’s voice.

    Thanks.

    Mama sad heart— you know.

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  12. Cheryl – We have a similar situation with Nightingale. She was planning on starting for her RN degree this spring semester, but something caused a delay, and that has allowed her to not only continue to work full-time, but also many extra shifts. And this lock-down has given her a breather from all the extra outside activities that took so much of her time and energy. Although she enjoyed those activities, she has admitted that the break has been nice.

    NancyJill – Hubby and I teased each other and laughed a lot together, too. Humor certainly is a healing balm in a marriage.

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  13. Please continue lifting my best friend Karen and her family in prayer. She emailed tonight:

    Greetings,

    Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. I have been uplifted with the prayers and found comfort in my faith in Jesus.

    [Description of recently-published book she read, written by a man in our congregation about his and his late wife’s cancer journey.]

    It was the description of Becky’s symptoms that led me to contact my doctor who diagnosed my Stage 4 Uterine Cancer in early May. I had my first chemo treatment on May 15th. Since that chemo treatment my pain has been increasing and the decision to consider radiation was made in the middle of this last week. On Friday, I was supposed to have my second chemo treatment. When I arrived at the hospital, my doctors were concerned with my fatigue and weakness. After some tests and CT scans it was determined that the tumors in my lungs had continued to grow despite the most aggressive type of chemo that they could give. We will be meeting with hospice on Monday to set up care. The doctors do not know how long I will battle the cancer but the estimate that I have been given is 2-4 weeks. Your prayers are much appreciated for me and my family.

    Our world is rapidly changing. Our greatest problem is universal. We were born in sin. Our Creator has given us the solution: Jesus Christ, True God and True man died on the cross and was resurrected to restore our relationship with the one True God.

    I am a day’s march nearer home. May you also recognize that our Heavenly Father will bring us HOME in His timing. Your continued prayers for me and my family are a blessing.

    But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57

    In His Everlasting Arms,
    [K]

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