I’m hurrying to get this posted before Joshua goes to bed. I don’t know what time it is in Japan, but it’s either very late or very early. Oh, well, he can see it when he gets up again: Blessed Assurance, sung by Alan Jackson.
And on top of it, we’ve got some good news–an answered prayer.
On May 5 Joshua asked us to pray for his grandmother and aunt in Japan, who had heard of the Gospel but not yet received it. Today Joshua reports that both are now reading the Gospel of John–and may the Holy Spirit speak to them! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I love this old Scottish hymn–Behold the Mountain of the Lord, sung by Godfrey Birtill.
Please, everyone, pray for my wife, Patty, that the Lord might heal her. The doctor didn’t do us any good–all those tests, no diagnosis. *Sigh*
This song wouldn’t leave me this morning, so I thought I might as well post it–Long, Long Ago. This version is by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae–from back when, I don’t know. And it took me quite a while to find it. Everybody else on Youtube wanted to jazz it up. Yech.
I’m supposed to write Newswithviews today or tomorrow. I have no ideas for it. Not one.
Please everybody, pray for my wife, she isn’t getting any better and that kind of weighs on me. I’m not exactly a tower of strength, these days.
There’s a lot of long ago that I want back.
Some of you already know that on Thursday our friend and sister Evelyn will be interviewed at home by National Public Radio. The subject will be her home state of Massachusetts’ court-imposed same-sex “marriage,” and her role in opposing it: for Evelyn has been fighting the good fight for a long time now.
I think we all know where NPR stands on this issue. Evelyn has asked for our prayers, and we need to pray hard for her: because this will be a challenge.
O Lord our God! As you sustained David when he went up against Goliath, sustain your servant Evelyn with courage. As you sustained St. Paul when he was examined by the Roman authorities and King Agrippa, sustain your servant Evelyn with shrewdness and conviction. May your Holy Spirit give her the words she needs to speak, and give them power. And protect her, Father, from the rulers of the darkness of this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We’re getting a lot of prayer requests this weekend. Well, prayer is one of our purposes here.
Please, everybody, join in prayer for Joshua’s grandmother and aunt in Japan, who have heard the Gospel but not as yet been called: Father in Heaven, open their hearts that they may hear. We want our loved ones with us in your kingdom; we want them all to know the joy of Jesus Christ Our Lord, that they may be saved by him. We all have people that we love who have not yet come to Jesus. Bring them, O Lord our God: in Jesus’ name, Amen.
For no visible reason, the third and fourth fingers on my right hand are hurting like blazes. I mean jolts of intolerable pain. But there’s nothing to see on the outside, and I can’t remember anything I might have done to cause an injury.
So please make mention of me in your prayers, because this has gone on for several days and it’s starting to wear me down.
And I don’t have much confidence in doctors, after Patty went through all those tests and never got a diagnosis, let alone treatment. But I still trust in prayer.
Please pray for our sister, Phoebe, and her friend, Susan, who is afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease. (Last year I lost both my aunt and my brother-in-law to that disease.)
Father in Heaven, have mercy on your servant, Susan, and rescue her from her illness; and strengthen your servant, Phoebe, so she can help care for her friend. Sometimes, Lord, caregiving is exceedingly hard. So please, Lord, hear our prayers and help them: in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Please, everybody, join in prayer for Erlene’s son, Eric, who had to go to the emergency room last night after suffering a stroke. He’s only 57.
O Lord our God, we know all healing comes from you. Have mercy, Father, on your servant Erlene and her son, Eric: shelter them under the shadow of your wings, and give Eric full recovery from his stroke. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Please join in prayer for my friend, Betty, a dear friend of ours. I haven’t been asked to give you the particulars: just that she has certain health issues that concern us.
Please, Father in heaven, have mercy on our friend, Betty, and deliver her out of trouble. Please, Father, heal her–as we know you can. We ask for this blessing in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.