Prayer Requests 1-17-23

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Psalm 6

 A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
    heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
    How long, Lord, how long?

Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?

I am worn out from my groaning.

   All night long I flood my bed with weeping
    and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

6 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 1-17-23

  1. Almost there, AJ.

    Continue to pray for my neighbors as she faces that first knee surgery in just a few weeks. I spent a bit of time over there yesterday to catch up and also worry about her husband, R, who took a spill trying to break of a spat their two Labs were having in the kitchen. He was OK, but that’s the 2nd fall inside the house in a few weeks, apparently. It’s so hard when strength begins to wane and the physical abilities one once relied on without much thought starts to slip.

    And they both face a challenging year ahead, praying for stamina and gentleness with each other in what has been — and will be — a very stressful time that causes physical, mental and relationship strain.


    Good blog post shared on Challies today. She’s the second person — other is a church member going through a cancer trial that won’t end well — who has mentioned how it seems, at least, that the pandemic years brought even more challenges to many of us that usual.

    Reminded me, too, of that wonderful shorthand way we have of bringing us back to what’s “really real” — “But God …”

    ~ A Light to My Path
    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
    Psalm 119:105

    Annual Tradition

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve set aside time in early January to reflect on the previous year’s events. I bet you won’t be surprised to learn I’ve recorded those reflections in numerous journal entries that now span decades.

    Last week when I sat down to capture some thoughts about 2022, I found my mind turning not to the past twelve months but to January 2020 and all that’s happened since those pre-pandemic days. None of us could have imagined the changes Covid-19 would bring with it, which occurred so quickly that life as we knew it came to an abrupt halt and hasn’t returned.

    But there were personal cataclysms too, as Mom passed away and Dad had a stroke and moved into assisted living, culminating in the sale of the home they’d shared for nearly 25 years, the site of frequent family gatherings. Then there was the upheaval that befell my grandson, sending shock waves through our close-knit clan.[1]

    So much loss. So many changes.

    But God

    As my mind replayed scenes from the past three years, I thought about how thankful I was not to have known what awaited me as I stood at the beginning of 2020. Taken altogether, the events may have caused me to despair. Instead, viewing them with 20/20 hindsight confirmed what years of intentional reflections have taught me – God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9), and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Just like the manna that appeared each day in the wilderness, God provided what I needed to face each challenge as it came.

    Indeed, for every hardship I recorded, it was equally evident how God had faithfully prepared the way before me. I added those recollections to my burgeoning catalog of examples of God’s goodness, the one I refer to when I need to be reminded that He’s never forsaken me, and He never will (Deuteronomy 31:8). ~

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  2. Minor in the scheme of things, but pray that some spots I noticed last night on the living room ceiling aren’t signs of a new roof leak.

    They may have been there for a while as they’re not very noticeable — and I’m not in the habit of staring up at the living room ceiling — but with all the rain we’ve had I worry it could be a leak. Roof is only 5 years old, but these flat-roof houses are notorious for roof leak issues.

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