Prayer Requests 9-5-20

Anyone have something to share?

Psalm 32

Of David. 

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
   my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
   I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
   And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
   surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
   but must be controlled by bit and bridle
    or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart!

11 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-5-20

  1. I’d like to request prayers especially for two of hubby’s sisters who are, I believe, profoundly struggling with Liz’s death.

    The younger (I’ll call her S3) is the one who took in Liz the last week or two of her life. S3 was the only one who didn’t gather with family last weekend — an informal gathering at my MIL’s; there will be no service. S3 and her family’s absence was especially felt because she attends every family gathering except in the rare case when she’s gone somewhere on vacation. I think she’s having the most difficult time coping with the loss of her “baby” sister, because not attending a family gathering when she’s able to do so is so NOT her.

    Please also pray for the older (S1). When I got to my MIL’s last Sunday, S1 was the first one I saw. She was outside, and she immediately poured out her heart to me about many things concerning Liz’s treatments, rallies in health, declines, comebacks, etc. Two things stood out in my mind as the deepest struggles S1 is having: 1) she is angry that Liz died; S1 told me with vehemence, through gritted teeth and set jaw, “It’s not right.”, and 2) she expressed how guilty she feels, thinking she didn’t do enough. Liz had stayed at S1’s house at one point recently, and the sound of her sister’s crying at night was more than S1 could bear, she admitted to me. I’m not sure how the decision was made for Liz to leave S1’s house, but the latter seems quite guilt-ridden about that and her sister’s demise in general.

    I suspect there’s also pain lurking under the surface for the siblings I didn’t mention. They’re largely a stoic bunch, especially hubby and his three brothers. My MIL, too, and to a certain extent, S2. I can see some of the negative impact pushing down grief is having on my husband, though. The strain has filtered through our household this week.

    Please pray as the Spirit leads you. And thank you.

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  2. It’s all part of grieving and we have to go through it–all the way. To deny the emotions is to short-circuit the process and only make it harder and more painful in the end.

    Grief will come out in the most inappropriate ways if we don’t let ourselves feel the pain, cry, spue our anger, struggle with what happened, deal with real or false guilt, and run through “if onlys.”

    The only thing I know to “do” with all this is listen, cry, laugh–because that’s the emotion closest to crying–and let it run its course.

    Then repeat.

    For the stoic or the fixer, just letting it ride along is the hardest thing to do.

    It’s also helpful to remember grief is like a sine wave, it goes up and down from one extreme to the next until time passes and the waves continue, but they’re not as extreme.

    It’s far better if we allow the Lord to lead us through our grief–but, obviously, not everyone does or knows how.

    The pain is just unrelenting at times.

    On a much less scale in the grand scheme of life, we’re seeing it in our daughter, too–with the third loss of her dreams.

    I’ve been wrestling with her disappointment myself. It was a very bad night last night for me.

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  3. You’re right, Michelle. And in a sense, maybe S1 is doing the best of all of them because she IS actually processing and openly grieving, at least in front of me. I should have probably requested prayer especially for the ones who appear to be doing fine.

    I was glad that S1 did share her hurt with me. Not sure if I responded correctly, though. I mostly listened, but tried to say that her feelings were normal — when tragedy touches our lives, it’s easy to feel like we did something wrong, or not enough of the right things, but that doesn’t make it so.

    Well, I didn’t use those particular words, or even say as much as I did above, but, whatever… I didn’t really know what to say because, as I’ve told you before, I’ve never lost anyone with whom I once lived.

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  4. 6 Arrows – In my opinion, what you said, even if very brief, sounds about right. You acknowledged her feelings, which if often all that is needed.

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  5. I know the Lord tarries so more can be saved. But all the suffering by so many temporarily saps the joy of living for a part of each day lately. How do people manage on their own without belief in God? The Holy Spirit is our great Comforter.

    Please Holy Spirit, may Your personalized ways of comforting be active in each of 6 Arrow’s family member’s lives as they mourn outwardly or inwardly the loss of Liz. You know specifically where each is at in the grief process. Please let none of them allow the accuser to stagnate them in guilt or depression, in anger or regret. Please let good memories outweigh negative thoughts. May they draw closer to You and each other during this time. May Your love which is timeless, unlike death, prevail as the greatest force in these lives who go on with living and must process in some manner the hurt of death. Thank You that the wound of death is only temporary for believers for Jesus took away the eternal sting of death on the cross. Praising Your love and goodness as You care for 6 Arrows extended family. In Jesus, Amen

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  6. Inyo (Southern California) has a posted an Air Quality index this morning of 387–I’ve never seen a number so high.

    By way of comparison, my Northern California town has just slipped over the line from “good” to “moderate” at 54.

    They must be the epicenter of the fire. Let’s pray for all in harm’s way today. Thanks.

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  7. Meanwhile, I had the date wrong. My cousin’s baby will be induced tomorrow. What a smart girl; she had a reflexology massage on Friday, ate pizza yesterday, and could very well be playing volleyball today! She should be quite ready to go by tomorrow morning! Lol

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