Prayer & Praise
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
“Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious, and his mercy endures for ever.
Let those whom the Lord has redeemed give thanks, whom he has delivered from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
Those who go down to the sea in ships, who carry out their business in great waters,
They behold the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep.
For at his word the stormy wind arises, which lifts up the waves.
They are carried up to heaven and down again to the deep; their soul melts away because of the trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, he delivers them out of their distress.
For he makes the storm to cease, so that the waves are still.
Then they are glad, because they are at rest,
and so he brings them into the haven where they desire to be.
Oh, that they would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness and declare the wonders that he does for the children of men!
That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people and praise him in the seat of the elders!
He turns rivers into a wilderness and water-springs into thirsty ground.
A fruitful land he makes barren, because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
Again, he makes the wilderness into pools of water and dry ground into water-springs;
And there he sets the hungry that they may build a city to dwell in,
That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards to yield the fruits of increase.
He blesses them, so that they multiply exceedingly, and does not allow their cattle to decrease.
And again, when they are diminished and brought low, through oppression, through any plague or trouble,
Though he pours contempt on princes and lets them wander in the pathless wilderness,
Yet he helps the poor out of misery and increases their households like a flock of sheep.
The righteous will consider this and rejoice, and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
Whoever is wise will ponder these things, and shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:14-21
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Yesterday, I had to have some uncomfortable conversations because tomorrow I will have open heart surgery.
The odds are very good that I will survive and recover…but there’s always a chance I won’t.
In that case, decisions have to be made and those conversations need to take place beforehand.
I wrote out a small will, small because I have very little in in earthly possessions, no monetary wealth at all.
It’s a pitiful document, but my wealth in people is immense.
The only request I have is that the remains of my cats be interred with mine.
So, today I am placing three small urns on my desk where they can be found in case that desire need be fulfilled.
The urns contain the earthly remains of Chester, Miss Kitty, and Mommacat, who chose to spend her last days with me and thus will stay with me forever.
When you face these situations you are forced to examine what you believe…anything built on less than stone won’t survive the stress.
My friends, I believe in the resurrection.
I believe in the restoration of all things and that Christ will be all in all.
I believe that Jesus Christ conquered death and rose again and because He did we will too.
I believe in the goodness, mercy, and grace of God manifested through God Incarnate, Jesus Christ.
I believe that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
I hope to be back soon…the cats can wait a while longer.
They’re in great hands…thanks for praying
Michael, i too have made out a will… seems strange, but i think those left behind will appreciate it.
Now i have “told” the Father that we here need you, so i have every expectation for a good outcome. .. am including your medical team in my prayers tomorrow also. May God improve their skills and guide their work to a good outcome. I just may go out and dance on Entiat River Rd. tomorrow eve… 🙏
I think it’s going to be fine…
Wife and I will be in prayer for you and the doctors.
Thank you, Dan…and thank your wife as well.
Will do Michael!
As you know… praying for you morning and evening…
Strengthen your servant Michael, O God, to do what he has to do and bear what he has to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons and nurses, he may be restored to usefulness in your world with a thankful heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanks for sharing, Michael.
You’re in my prayers.
What Duane said!
Thank you, Duane…it is good to have a priest…
Praying for you, my friend.
johl…thank you, my friend!
I lit a candle this morning for you at Church. I’ll be praying w/o ceasing!
Thank you, my friend! It matters to me…
praying for you Michael.
Thank you, fil!
Continuing in prayer for you, Michael.
Re: Your will: Did you just write it and leave it where loved ones can access it, or file it with the court, or…? I need to create one but not sure where to start.
I really have no assets…just lots of wonderful books and a computer.
I don’t have any family that would contend for anything so I just typed it out and signed it, along with all my passwords and bank info.
If you have more than I do or more people to consider, download a form and have it notorized.
please remember in prayer…
Michael – June 21st will have open heart surgery.
Em – Major C., an honorable black man is close to going to his eternal home today. . His daughter was one of my daughter’s best friends in H.S
Prayer for his family, if you think of it, would be much appreciated
Em – With property taxes paid for the whole year, her mg. company is still adding the tax to her monthly payment. Too convoluted to repeat here, but prayer for my daughter whose mtg. company is cheating her would be appreciated
Michael – Our long time friend and co worker BrianD is asking for prayer…he needs favor in his workplace and with his supervisors.
Join with me in praying that God answer every need our friend has…
Linnea – every joint in my body in pain. It continued to get worse and initial blood tests show I may have an autoimmune disorder. pain has almost rendered me non-functional. Will you pray God relieves the pain? I can’t get in to see a rheumatologist until the end of the March. Please pray for my husband, too, as he’s taken over all my work.
Captain Kevin –colon polyps … job related difficulties, housing situation, pain everywhere, depression, I’ve lost 26 lbs in the last 5 months, and not because I’m trying. I had been wanting to lose weight, but not this way. Honestly, I’m afraid.
Duane Arnold – my mother is in assisted living.
Martin Luther’s Disciple – my 96 yr old mother in law is in a similar situation in SoCal.
Jlo – my niece’s husband Aaron is having a tougher time of it. Has a persistent cough and fever. He has new meds today so hopefully he has a breakthrough.
Erunner – Our brother in law who is in his early 50’s has learned that his carotid artery is 70% blocked. It appears he will be undergoing surgery. They have also found an issue with his heart. He’s a believer with a gentle and wise spirit.
Please pray for him, his wife, and their three grown children.
Raina R. – my sister-in-law. having horrible headaches and recovering from surgery
jtk – for our outreach to the university.many have considered suicide. This is so urgent in my heart and spirit.
Kelly -I have a real need to continue to see my counselor. In addition to the other reasons I see him for I have been having day long panic attacks, on top of the depression and PTSD-C symptoms.
Alissa -My sweet husband has Autism and was let go from his job.
Patrik -Pray for me, an ER nurse in Indianapolis.
Dan form Georgia – I work in aviation/transportation. We are getting hit HARD as many of you know. I am not even confident when I go into work everyday that it will be my last day (layoff or termination). Also struggling a lot with anxiety.
Chris -My wife started her second career as a nurse on the hospital floor that they treat the Covid patients.
Nancy – discernment of an unexpected opportunity to become a more public advocate for the homeless,
Em – daughter is healing from fracture spine
Paige – a family issue and the silencing of a lying gossip who is spreading slander about me to family members and others. It’s an on going issue that is quite perplexing, and apparently demonic. Twisted, delusional and strange.
cash – depression , PTSD
David H – Bell’s Palsy . Right side of my face is paralyzed. Prednisone and an antiviral.
JD – Marshal whose mother told him that she doesn’t love him
Linnea – Jon and Sarah. Please pray that they would know God’s love and would follow Him out of horrible lifestyles to freedom.
Michael, Rick, Joel, Dan, capt. Kevin, Owen – wand to hear from God in their prayer life
JTK – ongoing back issue.
David H – Aunt Ramona has Adenocarcinoma primary lung cancer.
Victor – chronic back pain
Linnea – sister salvation
Paige – 4 boys to be pleasing to God
Big brother, you are in my prayers always….especially tonight, tomorrow, and the next few weeks. Much love to you my dear friend.
Thank you, Dusty…much love to you too…
Much prayers for you!
Praying this morning, Michael…
Father be with Michael today as he undergoes surgery. Steady the doctors hands. fill Your angels to protect Michael, fill the room with Your Spirit to comfort Michael, lay Your hands upon Michael to being perfect healing and repair. Please protect him from all harm and infection and the enemy.
Amen to your 6:21, dear dusty, amen
Michael’s surgery went well. He is now in recovery before being transferred to the ICU (standard practice).
I am praying for you.
Thank you, Dr. Duane for the update and thank You God for the encouraging report! ! !
Thanks for the update Duane! WIfe and I prayed for the procedure this morning.
I’ve never been much of a prayin’ man Michael, but for you it’s different…
Been praying for Michael yesterday and today, glad to see the update….may the comforting presence of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to be with Michael throughout his recovery.
I missed this! Thanks for the update Dr. Duane. My neighbor had OHS a year ago. He went in on a Friday for tests and they didn’t let him leave the hospital (“we’re surprised you’re still alive”). Surgery like the following evening. He was down for a while but has made a good recovery. We will pray for Michael tonight.
So thankful for the update! Thanks, Dr. Duane!
still praying for you Michael. ((((hugs)))))
Prayer request for weekend
It is over 100 degrees this weekend and some wind! ! !
Prayer that NO ONE is foolish with fire up here – we have 5 campgrounds upwind of us…..
If you think of it, prayer cover much appreciated
Praying here, Em.
Thank you, Captain K – God keep
There’s been a building boom up here and too many folk have never experienced what wind does to a wildfire…..
I made it through the surgery and I’m in the cardiac care unit.
The hard part is in front of me…thanks for your prayers
Great news! Thank you for the update Michael!
Stay strong, my friend… we’re all with you in love, prayer and concern.
Good to see a coherent post from Michael…
Go slow, dear Michael – nothing you need to prove right now
Thanks for the update and still praying, Michael…
((((((hugs big brother)))))
Still praying for you.
Em, praying there are no fires in your area. That people act wisely and respectfully of the hazard that could result from foolishness and carelessness.
I heard from Michael. He is feeling pretty weak and exhausted following the surgery, but is bearing up and is home…