Joys & Concerns
- From Welsh: Kyle Todd lifted up this particularly eloquent request: “God be with us on this Sept. 11th day, to keep our country free from the tyranny of those who would seek to rob us of those freedoms.”
- Please pray for Philip’s upcoming home trip. The planning, schedule, lodging, activities, ticket, finance, leave etc I would like to ask God’s provision and blessings on this.
- Dorothy is suffering from a cold and needs both rest and healing.
- Families in Galveston who are devastated by the loss of a 14 year old boy who was killed by a drunk driver, and two other high school freshman and one of the mothers who are all hospitalized due to the accident. Sara and Mark Judson’s niece, Caroline, has gone to school with these students and she and her friends welcome prayers for comfort and healing for all impacted and those who care for them.
- Stephen asks; Please, maintain this prayer request for some time on behalf of the following in Christ that the will best the world’s pitfalls whether it be in man’s approval, late mental growth, or misunderstanding truth for reinterpretation by Hollywood’s show. May the people find creative miracles to work with every organization even just by praying, because not all of us can be activists. Jesus loves prayer warriors as they can part the sea in two beyond effort and planning in His awesome might.
- The people of Jackson, Mississippi suffering the damage and loss from the resent floods.
- SWLA Responds need prayer for more volunteers to continue helping in the Lake Charles area. There is still so very much to be done!
- Lenn requests; Prayers for Mary and Tom who just lost their son, JP, in a tragic accident. Prayers are needed for them and their family.
- Jimmy Sandlin – by Ben Taylor – Jimmy undergoing treatment for cancer
- Family and friends of Tafford Deshotel – who passed away last week
- Melissa and Eric Dilmore – as they prepare to become foster parents
- Condolences for the family of James Tofoya, who died as a result of a construction accident.
- Karen Pollard and her family as they mourn the loss of the Schmidt family. Karen’s sister was, Sarah Schmidt. Please keep this sweet family in your prayers. Karen lives in Tyler, Texas and has gone to Iowa to be with her family.
- The Mayo Family mourning the loss of a loved one.
- Tim and Margaret Foley; Tim was recently diagnosed with cancer. He will be receiving care at MD Anderson in Houston.
- Mark J.’s sister, Deb McGauhy is moving to assisted living. Pray that all goes well and she enjoys her new surroundings.
- Bishop Young, who suffered a major stroke this week. He has a brain bleed and swelling, plus his kidney function is diminishing. He is in a N.O. hospital..
- For Michael Franco, Sean Harrison, Jeffery Trufant who were injured in a plane crash in North Carolina. Be with all people affected by tragic accident.
- Because one of those injured is son of camp owners, Claire had to pick up emergency responsibilities.
- On this Juneteenth celebration, please pray for racial reconciliation in our nation, and world.
- Prayers for James Srp who has cancer that has metastisized.
- Mary Lin McNeil and Amelia Merbler who have Elhor-Danlos syndrome and other autoimmune diseases for which there is no cure, and only medicines to help give relief.
- Loretta Ozenne’s cancer has returned, Loretta is Joyce C’s sister.
- Ben Terry, cancer and treatment at MD Anderson.
- The Taylors joyfully welcome a new grandson Ari Cade Brown! He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. at birth and has red/blond hair.
- Thanks for the “Reading Buddies” program and participants
- Anniversary celebrations for Jim & Nancy Hanchey, Bob & Angie Dilmore and Tommy & Lori Kerr
Prayerful Ways to Start & End Your Day
Holy God, at your word the sun rises to greet us, and we are new each morning. Be with me as I begin this day, that my faith would be reckoned righteous by you, and my works find favor in your sight. Amen.
Holy God, at the setting of the sun your love brings judgment, and I know of my need for your grace. Help me to be more faithful to justice, more truthful in love, and ever mindful of your mercy. Amen.
PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
“God of mercy, justice and peace:
Our spirits are heavy with sorrow, our souls shocked At the sudden and breathtaking violence,
the invasion of Ukraine by their neighbor, Russia.
We pray for lives caught in the grip of war, who hear the bombs in the night,
the ominous movement of troops on the road into town the whistle of incoming shells,
for a cry from a desperate neighbor or a shout of warning. For those who huddle in subways
and basements or flee for the borders, clutching their children’s hands.
We pray for families separated from fathers, brothers and sons who must remain to fight and
protect their homeland.
We pray for neighbors in Eastern and Central Europe
As their hearts and doors open to these refugees
That strained resources will become an abundance of hope
That fears and struggles with racism will yield to a generosity of profound welcome
That communities of faith within Ukraine will be protected from harm and sustained
in their efforts to feed and shelter their neighbors.
That peacemakers and protesters in Russia will be heard and their lives preserved.
May we undergird our prayers with tangible resources to help.
May we reach deeply, give generously, and welcome extravagantly.
May we lift our voices in a strong and unified advocacy.
May we all, even as we breathe in lament, breathe out mercy, hope and peace.
And in this Lenten season, when we walk the way toward death and resurrection, repent our
complicity in cultures of violence and renew our efforts toward justice and peace.”
–The Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Closing Prayer, from “Moments With the Savior,” by Ken Gire May 1, 2022
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you that no matter how miserably I have let you down, you are always there to pick me up. No matter how many times I have failed you, you are always there to forgive me. No matter how far I have drifted, you are always there on the shore, waiting for me to return—waiting with a comforting fire, warm food, and an affirming arm to put around my shoulder.
I thank you, too, Lord, for how you arrange circumstances to restore me to a productive life of living for you. How you bring back the precious memories of a time when my love for you was so pure and intense. And how you gently recall to my mind the painful memories that need to be brought to the surface and healed.
I love you for so many reasons, Jesus. I love you for calling me to follow you. I love you for the honor you have bestowed on me to labor with you in building your kingdom. I love you for teaching me so much. I love you for being so patient when I am so slow to learn. I love you for the great friend you are to me. I love you because you’re on my side, in my corner, fighting for me, not against me. I love you for all that I am because of you. I love you because with your tender hands you lift the crushed pile Satan leaves behind when he winnows, and you blow away the chaff. I love you that you don’t focus on those husked failures but rather on the kernel, however small, of genuine love left in your palm. And seeing it, you take great delight.
Thank you for all the intimate moments we spend together. I know they mean as much to you as they do to me; and if the whole truth were known, probably more. It thrills me to know that I have contributed, even in a small way,
To your divine pleasure. And that I can bring a smile to the face of God.
Thank you for all those special people you put in my life. I ask that you send the same healing you have given me to those whom I love. And for those hurting souls around the world who need to know that inner peace that only you can bring… even in the face of all the turmoil that surrounds us.
Thank you for the privilege of sitting at your nail-scarred feet, and gathering at your life-giving Table. Grant me the grace to never regard those privileges casually or to neglect them but to come there humbly, and to come there often.
Help me to understand that only a few things really are necessary in life. And when you get right down to it, only one: to sit at our feet… listening… looking into your eyes… and adoring you…