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  1. Michael says:

    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

  2. Em says:

    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… 🙏

  3. Michael says:

    Thanks, Em!
    I think it’s going to be fine…

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    Hi Michael…

    Wife and I will be in prayer for you and the doctors.

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dan…and thank your wife as well.

  6. Dan from Georgia says:

    Will do Michael!

  7. Duane Arnold says:


    As you know… praying for you morning and evening…

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    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.

    (BCP, 1979)

  9. bob1 says:

    Thanks for sharing, Michael.

    You’re in my prayers.

    What Duane said!

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, Duane…it is good to have a priest…

  11. Michael says:

    Thanks, bob1!

  12. Just one of His lambs says:

    Praying for you, my friend.

  13. Michael says:

    johl…thank you, my friend!

  14. Xenia says:

    I lit a candle this morning for you at Church. I’ll be praying w/o ceasing!

  15. Michael says:

    Thank you, my friend! It matters to me…

  16. filbertz says:

    praying for you Michael.

  17. Michael says:

    Thank you, fil!

  18. Captain Kevin says:

    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.

  19. Michael says:

    Thanks, CK!
    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.

  20. dusty says:

    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
    God keep.

    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

  21. dusty says:

    Big brother, you are in my prayers always….especially tonight, tomorrow, and the next few weeks. Much love to you my dear friend.

  22. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dusty…much love to you too…

  23. JD says:

    Much prayers for you!

  24. Linnea says:

    Praying this morning, Michael…

  25. Kevin H says:

    Praying, Michael.

  26. dusty says:

    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.

  27. Em says:

    Amen to your 6:21, dear dusty, amen

  28. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael’s surgery went well. He is now in recovery before being transferred to the ICU (standard practice).

  29. Alan says:


    I am praying for you.

  30. Em says:

    Thank you, Dr. Duane for the update and thank You God for the encouraging report! ! !

  31. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks for the update Duane! WIfe and I prayed for the procedure this morning.

  32. Muff Potter says:

    I’ve never been much of a prayin’ man Michael, but for you it’s different…

  33. sarahmorgan says:

    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.

  34. The New Victor says:

    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.

  35. bob1 says:

    So thankful for the update! Thanks, Dr. Duane!

  36. dusty says:

    still praying for you Michael. ((((hugs)))))

  37. Em says:

    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

  38. Captain Kevin says:

    Praying here, Em.

  39. Em says:

    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…..

  40. Michael says:

    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

  41. Jean says:

    Great news! Thank you for the update Michael!

  42. Duane Arnold says:


    Stay strong, my friend… we’re all with you in love, prayer and concern.

  43. Em says:

    Good to see a coherent post from Michael…
    Go slow, dear Michael – nothing you need to prove right now
    God keep

  44. Linnea says:

    Thanks for the update and still praying, Michael…

  45. dusty says:

    ((((((hugs big brother)))))
    Still praying for you.
    Much love

  46. dusty says:

    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.

  47. Duane Arnold says:

    I heard from Michael. He is feeling pretty weak and exhausted following the surgery, but is bearing up and is home…

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