Prayer Requests 12-12-20

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Psalm 119:49-64

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
    that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
    I obey your precepts.

ח Heth

57 You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
    to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
    I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
    for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
    to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.

27 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 12-12-20

  1. I debated writing this prayer request, because I don’t know the person for whom I’m requesting prayer, but ultimately decided to invite you to join in prayer with me for her.

    When I was at the studio Thursday, one of the co-owners told me about an incident that had happened there the previous evening (a day I don’t teach there). Partway through a flute student’s lesson, the student — middle-school-aged girl — had a grand mal seizure. The flute teacher knew the girl has epilepsy, so the teacher understood what was happening, and immediately called the parents. Parents said that 911 would need to be called only if the seizure lasted longer than five minutes.

    Well, it did, and paramedics arrived shortly after the parents got to the studio. I don’t know how long her seizure lasted, but at one point the girl ran out of the room and down the hall, screaming that she wanted to die.

    Things did eventually come under control, and the parents could take her home without her needing transport to a hospital, but it obviously was a chaotic and traumatic scene for a while.

    I’ve seen two grand mal seizures before, but had never witnessed anything like the flight and screaming the studio co-owner reported. My heart goes out to this girl, and I’ve found myself praying for her regularly over the last couple of days. If you feel similarly moved, as well, then please do so, and thank you for your prayers.

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  2. 1. I pulled a muscle in my back and after two days can barely get my socks on! The pain!

    2. A widow who has also lost her adult son, now insisting her daughter-in-law stop attending church with her only grandchildren, “because church is a super-spreader.” The fact her only grandchildren adore church and her daughter-in-law has gained much from church during COVID means nothing to this still grieving older woman. Pray for her heart.

    3. Franz (edited) update:

    Franz Update Evening 14
    From his mama: today was too much fun.

    Franz was sparkling eyed and smiling. I told him stories about all the different paraplegics that have called us and told their stories. We smiled and laughed together.

    He kept asking to work out and the nurses were busy. Nurse told me “We already work him out 4 times a day and he bugs us all day long to do more.”

    I laugh out loud and say “I told you he had the heart of a lion!”

    We talk and then he asks to say a rosary- he wants joyful today.

    Finally, the nurses come in for exercise. Everything goes wrong, he knocks the ventilator out of his throat but he is doing his arm exercises anyway as he is literally gasping for air. They are yelling “Stop Franz!”

    His blood pressure starts to tank and he is going white, but none the less, he switches to the other hand and is pumping that arm. They are still getting the vent in and trying to lay him down.
    They finally get him down and get him taken care of.

    As soon as he can breathe, he starts scolding them. He’s mouthing a mile a minute. The nurse is trying to figure out what he’s saying.

    I translate “Look there is an order on how these things go. You have to follow the routine. I can only exercise 4 times a day so each one matters. I shouldn’t have to quit!”

    The nurse scolds him back – “Look we are here to keep you alive. It doesn’t do any good if you pass out!”

    I reminded him that he needs to have patience and long-suffering. He nods his head meekly. I remind him to offer up his sorrows for the Body of Christ and the salvation of souls. He nods meekly and grabs my hand. “I’m sorry, I’ll do better.”

    I smile and he winks. It was a great day!

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  3. Continued prayer for my friend Shirley who is facing a (probably) terminal situation with newfound cancerous “spots” involving different organs. She’s not communicating much right now, she’s no doubt extremely depressed.

    And speaking of pulled muscles, I pulled some of my quad muscles in the left leg 2-3 weeks ago (the same leg as the knee injury, of course). It’s improving and most of that new pulled-muscle pain is gone, but the mobility isn’t completely back yet for the leg exercises I’m supposed to be doing do help strengthen the knee support muscles. My knee continues to have some pain, it’s worse than normal today for some reason, and I’m concerned that the setback in doing the leg exercises (due to the pulled supporting muscles still healing) isn’t helping. I’m back to taking ibuprofen and icing the knee.

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  4. So much anguish and sorrow right now.
    Makes my problems seem trivial.
    Chuck & DIL’s husband came over and worked around the house this morning. Doing things I couldn’t. I am thankful, I really am.
    But do you know what that does emotionally to a man who has worked hard on his affairs all his life?
    But I am thankful. I really am.

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  5. Chas, I watch my dad with the same issues, and stepmom. She used to keep the house clean, dishes done, food prepared. Now she watches while others do it, not up to her specs but she is gracious about it. And my dad spends his time on her so can’t do the things he normally would do. He is supposed to call my brother if he needs extra done, but he is “saving him until I really need him”. Um, dad? The hot water heater going out and needing my brother is only a small sample of what he is willing to do and able to do. Again, not exactly how he would have done it but it gets done.

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  6. 6, with a grand mal seizure, a person is completely incapacitated, neither able to walk or speak. But, seizures can have before or after effects that manifest in emotional outbursts.

    I would like to ask for prayer for me. I am not well, is all I can describe it. I think that the injection has some role to play, but there may be something else and I am concerned because my breathing seems to be affected. No, I do not think it is COVID, as I do not have any kind of a fever, etc., but there are a number of potential things that could be affecting my asthma.

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  7. Roscuro, praying for you. I’m so sorry about everything going on. I hope you can find answers, relief, and peace in the midst.

    Oh, and yes, what you said about the utter incapacitation during a grand mal seizure is what I thought, and what I witnessed the two times I saw one. My wording above was clumsy and might have sounded like I was saying she went running and screaming during it. I should have said she did that in the aftermath of the seizure, which is how I pictured the event. (Or perhaps the fleeing/screaming happened before the seizure.)

    Certainly the two seizures I saw with my own eyes caused the children to be totally unable to do anything of their own volition during the event. One was a classmate, sitting in the desk in front of me; a boy who regularly goofed off. When he started seizing, he flopped over the metal piece that attached the desk to the chair, banging his head repeatedly. The teacher yelled at him, “Knock it off, Brian” or something like that, before he realized what was really going on.

    The other one was a 5-year-old blind girl, the first child I ever babysat. She hadn’t had any seizures since she was 1.5, and her parents, who were from a distant state and visiting my next-door neighbor, the girl’s grandmother, didn’t tell me about her previous seizures. I’m sure the thought didn’t cross their mind to say anything, since it had been so long since the previous seizure. I can’t imagine how scary it must have been, though, for the girl to go through that in unfamiliar surroundings and a caretaker with an unfamiliar voice.

    I don’t remember any before- or after-effects of either of those seizures, but hearing what happened with the girl at the studio alarmed me. The studio co-owner’s eyes were wide, and he was gesticulating rather wildly, as he told me the story the next day. He said that in the 30-year history of the studio, no one had ever had a seizure there.

    Mumsee, for sure, a scary thing to have happen or to witness.

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  8. My friend Nadine (the lady who recently had an emergency hysterectomy, and is in the midst of long recovery) is heartbroken because their cat, Sterling, has gone missing for a few days. His cuddling with her had been a comfort as she rests and recuperates, so he is especially missed. (He would be much missed anyway, though.)

    Please pray that Sterling will come home, or be found (found even if he is deceased, so at least they will know). Thank you.

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  9. So many things to make our hearts heavy today.

    Lord, the needs are great in all these situations. You are fully aware of each one from beginning to end. You are the repairer of broken things whether bodies devastated by disease or accident, relationships, and general human failures. I pray for these persons mentioned to find their needed reliefs through Your divine abilities. Thank You for working out your best in Your way and Youf timing. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

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  10. Kizzie (5:38) I first read “cat” as a “car” named Sterling that had gone missing. You know how I feel about my cars.

    I realized I’d misread something when I got to the part about cuddling.

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  11. Mumsee – I am so happy to hear that. Will keep praying.

    Nightingale is starting to work on her algebra test. In the past, she was a whiz in her math classes, but she has been having some trouble in this one. Part of the problem is that she feels that the professor does not explain things thoroughly enough, and puts problems on his tests that they had not gone over yet. She needs to get at least an 80% on this test to keep an overall 80% for the whole semester. Please pray for her mind to work clearly and well as she works on this last – and important – test.

    (Although under an 80% would still be passing in these pre-reqs, her goal is to keep every final grade at 80% or above, because in nursing school it is required to pass each class by at least 80%. She did very well in her English class, acing it, which was surprising to her. I’ll explain on the daily thread later.)

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  12. Thankful for rain today, a gentle rain which won’t cause the mountains to mud slide down upon us.

    Let’s pray for Kare’s twins–due tomorrow!!!!!!!

    And their mother, too, of course. 🙂

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  13. I will point out that she is living with her former boyfriend while working toward reconciliation. Rather awkward one might think, but apparently not to her. I am trying to persuade her that if she is serious, she needs to find other accommodations. There is plenty available.

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  14. The test was automatically graded. Nightingale got a 92.5%! That leaves her with a final grade for the class of 84 or 85%! She is so happy and relieved. (I knew she’d do well.)

    She said there were two parts of a question that she got correct, but accidentally put in the answers in the wrong spot (mixing the two up). If not for that, she would have gotten a 96.

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  15. People who pray the rosary tend to be devout Catholics.

    His paternal uncle and aunt were members of our Bible study 31 years ago in Washington. That’s who my information is coming from.


  16. Michelle, I’ve known several devout Roman Catholics, and the ones I personally have known did not seem to have any relationship with the Lord, just with their religion. (That includes my landlady of eight years in Chicago–she lived upstairs from me–and my childhood best friend. People I knew fairly well, in other words.) But it sounds like you don’t know them personally and may not know more than that.


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