Saturday, February 07, 2009

Prayer Requests

There are lots of folks who've asked me for prayers, so I figure I'll enlist some help here. Thanks!

My mom's back is still recovering from surgery about four months ago, and she's recently had a painful bone spur removed from one toe.

SFC McG's wife, Mrs. SFC McG, had surgery on her knee about six months ago now, and she's still experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort.

Elaine W, who had surgery and then radiation, has had to have her chest drained twice in the last couple of days, and this is several weeks after the end of the radiation. She's supposed to go on a cruise momentarily, so let's pray for knowledge of God's will and the power to carry that out....

Richey, one of my friends who goes to a lot of AA meetings, has just begun hospice care to try to manage her pain. He husband, Lee, has some profound dementia going on and doesn't know that Richey is ill. When she's not around, he gets very, very agitated.

Fr. Ernie, the former pastor of my parents' parish, has been very ill lately, and the kidney dialysis which is keeping him alive is causing other health problems.

Raelene, who's waited eight years for a kidney transplant, finally got one on New Year's Eve. She experienced some other health problems shortly thereafter, but seems to be on the mend. She and her husband Sol have kept busy being of service to others throughout Raelene's long medical ordeal.

It's actually very, very late (or early in the morning, depending upon one's perspective) right now, so this list should suffice for the present.

I rely on your prayerful, spiritual support, and am reminded of this passage from the Letter of James in the Christian Scriptures:

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. (NRSV: Jas 5:13-16)

"The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective" -- which is why I'm asking for *your* prayers!

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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