Prayer Requests 8-6-20

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 7

Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
    save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
or they will tear me apart like a lion
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Lord my God, if I have done this
    and there is guilt on my hands—
if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
    let him trample my life to the ground
    and make me sleep in the dust.

Arise, Lord, in your anger;
    rise up against the rage of my enemies.
    Awake, my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
    while you sit enthroned over them on high.
Let the Lord judge the peoples.
   Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
    according to my integrity, O Most High.
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—
   you, the righteous God
    who probes minds and hearts.

10 My shield is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
    a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
    he will sharpen his sword;
    he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

8 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 8-6-20

  1. Hi Everyone. This is Ann. I asked y’all to pray for me 7/20 and wanted to thank y’all for doing so. I am doing better now, but I always appreciate being remembered in prayer!

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  2. The group that was returning to PNG this weekend has had their flights cancelled again and rebooked for Sept. 6. No one has yet made it back to Ukarumpa. Grieving for those with their plans changed 3 or more times and those hoping to see someone return.

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  3. My dear aunt has passed. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month, as I reported here. Given 3-6 months to live. Died night before last. Both of my mom’s brothers and both of their wives are now gone. (And my dad’s only sibling died in 1944 at age 19, a single man.)

    My mom was crying on the phone when she called yesterday to tell me, though we are thankful to the Lord for the faith he wrought in Aunt C’s heart. She will be dearly missed — a sweet, gentle soul. Please pray for my cousins — her son and two daughters — and all who loved her.

    Her passing has added to the grieving I’m experiencing. Tomorrow is 7 weeks since Karen died. They say death comes in threes. 1. Karen; 2. Aunt C; and soon, I expect, 3. Sis-in-law L.

    I didn’t share details about L’s physical presence when I wrote on the prayer thread the other day. The image of how she looked, though, when she attended DG’s birthday party Sunday is indelibly etched in my mind and is haunting me. Please discontinue reading the rest of my post, but keep praying for her, if descriptions of the physical decline of a late-stage cancer patient are too much for you. I feel a need to write right now as a way of processing my feelings.

    L, currently in her late 40s, once stood 5’6″, maybe 5’7″ tall, but now is extremely stooped over and moves very slowly, though she can still walk on her own. Her bones are horribly protruding; she has virtually no body fat left that I can see. Her clavicle and shoulder blades are clearly prominent; her ulna and radius and bones of the hand are plainly distinguished. Skin is tight against her tibia and fibula. Etc.

    I can’t imagine she’s over 90 pounds. My guess is 80-something.

    The only place there’s any thickness is at the bottom of her legs and in her feet. She is very swelled up there, such that her ankles are no longer visible. She sat barefoot with her legs stretched out across a picnic table bench for a while Sunday; I suppose to relieve the pressure in her feet and ankles area from being upright.

    And yet, with all of that going on, she committed to coming to celebrate her great-niece’s 1st birthday party. L was cheerful the whole time, greeting me by name — she rarely does — when she first saw me. When she was leaving a few hours later, she walked over to me with outstretched arms, saying she wanted to hug me before going.

    We embraced, and she also went and gave hugs to all my girls, addressing them by name, also.

    L and I had not been particularly close over the years, but we really connected on Sunday. We had some wonderful conversations that day and bonded like never before.

    And now we are probably soon going to lose her, too. 😦

    The tears, they keep a-comin’. It’s like 2011 again, I’m afraid, losing six significant people (friends and relatives) in eight months time.

    Thank you for reading this far, if you did, and for your prayers.

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