Prayer Requests 5-22-21

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Psalm 98

A psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
   his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
   all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
   He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.

31 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 5-22-21

  1. And Mumsee, have you

    Everywhere I turned in Seattle, people were tattooed. Last night at the retreat, many women were tattooed. Very troubling, even if it is merely Jesus or somehow pretty Hebrew word.

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  2. I have heard it mentioned. Do I believe it? The OT says to not be doing that. We are to care for our bodies in the NT and not get too caught up in looks. A lot of people get tattoos over and over because they like the discomfort. A lot of the pictures are not pretty. A lot of the people, historically, who had them, were not on the best path. Same with women now wearing to church what prostitutes used to wear on the street corner. But then we would have to look at ear piercing as well.
    A gateway to demon possession? I do not think that is accurate but it may be that it works to pull people in by making tattoos common place and then one more step. And one more until one is in that camp. Is that a gateway?
    I do not tattoo and I try to discourage my children from going that way but several of the adoptees have followed that path. Not sure about the others. I doubt they would mention it to me!

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  3. I was trying to fill in the rest of that sentence, but I gave up.

    Pray for my neighbor Shirley who comes home tomorrow following her stroke. There will be challenges, but PT and OT folks will be coming by the house for a while, from what I understand. Still, she’s used to running that house, she’s a meticulous cleaner and accomplished cook, trained by years of raising two boys, assorted Lab dogs and cats, and being a DIY helper to her handyman electrician husband. The adjustment will probably not be easy in many ways.

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  4. Michelle – What I had read years ago was that the prohibition against tattooing in the OT was because at that time, the tattoos were associated with pagan religions, and since today, they do not have that association, they would not be prohibited. I would think that they could only be a gateway to demon possession, if in fact they are, if the person with the tattoos is already predisposed to the occult or whatnot. There was time when tattoos were more of a rebellious or counter-cultural kind of thing (at least for women, not necessarily for men), but today they are “mainstream”.

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  5. Kizzie, a lot of things are mainstream that are not right. That is what I meant about one step at a time. I do not know if tattoos are anything but somebody paying somebody to poke holes in their first defense against germs and filling the holes with ink. Sounds like a really bad idea to me but not to a lot of folk.

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  6. Mumsee – I didn’t mean that “mainstream” is always fine, but that tattooing has lost its “rebellious/counter-cultural” meaning.

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  7. It may have lost its sense of being problematic in the gloriously holy society in which we live, but the societies in which it came from–whether Eastern, Middle Eastern, African, or Polyneisan–all use tattoos as part of “pagan” rituals and worship of their gods.

    The history of tattoos, which I read this week, was pretty eye-opening.

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  8. Another outlaw is in need of immediate prayer. J is 39 years old, very narrow hipped, pregnant with her first child. The obs induced Thursday night.

    Not progressing, so they broke her water yesterday, “partially.”(What does THAT mean?) Still not in active labor, still not progressing. Today, of course, is Saturday.

    Mom really wants to try a natural delivery. Her mother with a similar frame had 3 C-sections. Getting pretty concerned out here.

    Grandma’s request is labor either kick in (Mom’s not even at 3 yet), or docs do a C-section soon. First grandchild, probably only grandchild. Mom is a professional athlete.

    Baby boy has a very large head. Christians all, except dad.

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  9. I am not a fan of tattoos, never have been. However, it is just an ink deal. Kind of like using a shelf unit that used to be used for ancestor worship in Okinawa. But I am willing to be wrong.

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  10. I’m not find of them, either, Mumsee, especially the “sleeves” that some people have done. A young woman who used to go to my church had those on both arms. One time on Facebook, she modeled a beautiful bracelet that was given to her, and it looked so out of place with the end of the “sleeve” being beneath it. This is awful for me to say, but what came to mind was the saying about a diamond earring in a pig’s ear. (Or something like that. I can’t remember the exact phrase.)

    On a funny note, a former pastor’s wife had had a little cartoon devil tattooed on her ankle before she became a Christian.

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  11. Not a fan of tattoos. One of my daughters has some little fish. She went for a lot of piercings that she no longer has either. Yes, pierced earrings were not done much when I got mine pierced. I was encouraged by a room mate. They are much more comfortable than clip on earrings. My mother had more piercings than I did, although she started getting them later. I truly dislike a whole lot of tattoos. A small one with some meaning is not a big deal. Tpday I did happen to see a middle age man with two short saying across the back of his lower leg and I really wanted to go over and read what it sad. I controlled myself and didn’t. Tattoos tend to look ugly when they are years and years old. People who have them probably do not care about my opinion, at any rate.

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  12. Pierced ears definitely made sense after suffering through those “clip-ons” that were so painful.

    I still enjoy wearing earrings.

    Tattoos, yeah, not a fan either – and the “sleeves” look horrible to me, too. My dad was in the Navy in WWII and never even got one, they didn’t have a great reputation even then.

    I picked up a flower pot for my neighbor for her homecoming tomorrow.

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  13. Our original pastor pointed out ear lobes were designed for earrings and not to worry about how you attached them–to the lobes. Scripture, of course, mentions women wearing jewelry

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  14. I’ve probably told this before: When my dad was in the Air Force as a young man at the end of the Korean War, one night he got drunk (I think he was in Japan at the time, on leave). He awoke the next morning with a tattoo of a black panther on his right forearm.

    Years later, when he had to have his right arm amputated due to cancer, I joked that that was a rather radical way to remove a tattoo. 😀 (Dad had a great sense of humor, and was not offended by that.)

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  15. My best friend in high school, Cheri, got her ears pierced when we were maybe juniors — but her mom, a bit of a bohemian, used a darning needle in a procedure that sounded pretty horrific to me. She had Cheri sit on a stool in the kitchen and once the needle went in, Cheri tumbled off the stool and literally fainted. But they managed to do the second ear and then she got to wear the cutest earrings (I remember giving her a pair on onyx drops for her birthday; I loved those earrings and a few years later, after I got my ears pierced, I tried to find some like them).

    I had my ears pierced a few years later, when I was in college, in the early ’70s — and a department store was doing it so it seemed pretty mainstream and safe. (I declined an offer from Cheri’s mom earlier lol.)

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  16. Our son, the plumber, was considering getting a wedding ring tattoo since wearing his real one is dangerous in his line of work. But he ended up finding some sort of rubber one instead.

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  17. J is still going . . . fortunately she’s a professional athlete, but she’s got to be really tired. Docs are hoping the big boy will be born by noon. She’s had an epidural, but she’s still got pushing to come.

    I’m concerned about the baby at this point–just as I was yesterday. A safe delivery, soon, please?

    She’s been in the hospital since Thursday night.

    Thanks.

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  18. Sorry to hear that, Janice.

    My first piercing was done with a needle, ice cube and a potato behind the ear. The first went in easily. The second ear was almost impossible. Lots of pain. The needle finally went through. One hole closed after not wearing earrings for awhile. I had them redone with the gun. Much better experience.

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