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A Prayer for Courage

I do try to maintain my postmillenial morale–but the Lord knows it ain’t easy! Not when you’re covering the news, it ain’t.

O Lord our God, there are wicked persons everywhere trying to tear down everything that’s good, and estrange your people from their God. You don’t need me to tell you who they are and what they’re doing. It makes my head spin, just trying to keep up with it.

Father, we are your people, we belong to Jesus Christ our King. In His name we pray you to give us courage and to fortify our faith. Make us strong and enduring, resourceful, steadfast, and true, so that we might serve you as we should: and go before us, Lord, and tread down your enemies. Amen.

Harlem Climbs the Hill

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We’re back–and Harlem made it all the way to the top of the hill.

He wants you all to know he’s grateful for your prayers. I wasn’t able to ensure that any of the deer would present themselves, but at least we made the climb. He brought his cane with him, just in case. The plan was for me to run back and fetch the car if it turned out that he couldn’t make it. “I think some of my old military training might come back to me, if I need it,” he said.

So he has survived and is recovering from pancreatic cancer, he has stood up against some other, unrelated, medical issues–and he made it all the way up the hill. I did my best to impress upon him the need not to overdo it, we could always try again. “Your wife will kill me dead, if I let anything happen to you.” It was the longest, and very much the steepest, walk he’d made in quite a while; and the weather was perfect, and nothing untoward happened. He also enjoyed seeing the ritzy houses in that part of our town.

Again, everybody, God has answered our prayers for this good man. For which we give thanks!

His legs are going to feel it tonight, but I don’t think he’ll mind that at all.

An Easter Prayer

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Father in Heaven, on this day, the day between Good Friday and Easter, we proclaim that Jesus Christ Our Lord was dead and laid in a tomb, prior to His Resurrection. We proclaim these things as truth, now and forever.

Lord, this is an evil age. We have important people, even religious leaders, even leaders in the Church, making Christ equal with other gods who are no gods, and making unbelief equal with faithfulness to Jesus Christ. And because we see as men see, the things we see make even many of your saints downhearted.

We are your people, the sheep of your hand. Make us also, O Lord, your oxen, strong to labor.

Grant power to this Easter holiday, power to enthrone Christ, whose right it is to rule Creation: power to enthrone Him on the earth, and power to enthrone Him in our hearts. We cannot know when You, Father, will send your Son back to earth: that day, be it tomorrow or a thousand years from now, is known only to you. But Jesus’ throne can be set up in our hearts now.

O Lord Our God, whatever your timetable may be (for a thousand years in your sight is as a watch in the night), exalt Our Savior among the heathen, exalt Him in the earth: and let Him be exalted now, even now, in our hearts.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer Request: Ruth

Ruth, 97, is the mother-in-law of our friend and sister, Marge; and Ralph is Marge’s husband. Ruth is in hospice now, she is passing away. This family needs our prayers.

O Lord our God, ease and comfort your daughter, Ruth, who, after a long life, is preparing to come home to you; and ease the burden of her son, Ralph, and give him strength and peace, as he takes care of necessary things. And be with your servant, Marge, and all her family, to comfort them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Good News, Bad News

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My neighbor, Harlem, for whose recovery from cancer many of us prayed, tells me his experience had been written up in one of the medical journals. He’s feeling stronger by the day, putting back on some of the weight he lost, and wants to play some hoops when the weather gets a little warmer. I gave him a copy of The Cellar Beneath the Cellar to celebrate. Now we’ve got to find a basketball.

Meanwhile, this blog is giving me fits today.

Thursday’s usually my best day because that’s when my Newswithviews column is published, and it generates a lot of referrals to the blog. But not today. Not even one. Everything seems to be in working order, so I’m at a loss to understand the problem.

Ditto Facebook. As an experiment, my friend Susan generated two referrals this morning. They worked–which leaves me unable to explain why there are only those two and no more. The more I try to understand how social media work, the less I understand about the whole business.

And they say they want to merge our minds with computers??? That just may be the stupidest idea ever conceived by smart people.

Prayers for Mary: Update

I was able to get in touch with my Pogo friend, Mary, this morning, and she seemed in good spirits. It turns out that her neck is not broken, after all: the pain is coming from a pinched nerve. This is scheduled for treatment early in April. But of course the major issue is that she passed out and fell. That has to be looked into. Meanwhile, at least she’s able to play her Pogo games today and chat with her friends.

Father in Heaven, please protect our sister Mary, deliver her out of trouble, and heal her: for all healing comes indeed from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Good News: Mary Update

My Pogo friend, Mary, whom so many of you prayed for the other night, is home from the hospital and back on her computer–albeit with a broken neck. Actually, she had fusion surgery there, some 15 years ago, and it has worn out. It will need to be repaired. But for the time being, she’s back home, wearing a safety collar, and very grateful for your prayers.

Give God the glory, and give Him our thanks.

Prayer Request: Mary

I like to relax by playing Pogo games, online, on the Pogo site: and I request your prayers for one of the players, my friend Mary, who was taken to the hospital the other day after she fell and was unconscious for several hours. None of us knows exactly what’s wrong, because she lives alone and hasn’t been able to return to her computer to tell us.

I know it’s only a game site, but when you play with the same people every day, you get attached to them. So please join me in prayer for Mary.

O Father in Heaven, please come swiftly to help Mary, and heal her, and enable her to come home from the hospital. She has an assortment of health problems, and she needs her Shepherd. O Lord our God, in Jesus’ name, please deliver this woman out of trouble. Amen.

By Request, ‘Have Thine Own Way, Lord’

Erlene says our prayers are already working for her, which we’re all very glad to hear, and has requested this hymn, Have Thine Own Way, Lord, sung by Jim Reeves. And we’re very glad to post it.

Remember, everybody, especially if you’re new to this blog–we take both hymn requests and prayer requests, and happy to do it.

Prayer Request: Eric

Our friend Erlene’s younger son, Eric, needs our prayers. He has chronic pain, owing to a failed shoulder surgery. The drugs prescribed by the doctor did not have the desired effect, so he has turned to marijuana. His mother worries about this because he is a new believer, still green and tender in his faith.

Father in Heaven, hear our prayers for your servant and our sister, Erlene, and her son. Alleviate his pain, and protect him from harm. Protect his faith, O Lord, and deliver him out of all danger. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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