Sunday, March 22, 2009

Time for the Prayer Posse again

Some updates and prayer requests in the vein of what Paul the BB calls the Heart Thread over at his place.

1. My friend P. continues to heal after his triple bypass. The medical people are paying close attention since P. has limited kidney function and everyone wants to avoid complications. (There were a few after surgery, but nothing that they couldn't deal with, Baruch HaShem.) P. was in very good spirits last time we spoke. Recovery will take some weeks, but at least he's home with his partner and their dog. Prayers of thanksgiving and continued prayers for healing.

2. A friend of mine who is living with HIV infection and AIDS and generally in good health thanks to ongoing treatment has a bit of a virus. It seems to be a mild sort of thing, but nothing is ever minor when one lives with AIDS and worries about the immune system at all times. My friend is taking good care of herself and has attentive medical people and a dear wonderful spouse, but prayer is always good. You can call my friend Deborah.

3. I need to finish up a Big and Important Piece of Theological Writing in the next few days, a mighty task that holds as much internal fear as external challenge. This is one of those "bring out the big prayers" times. Please pray for the Holy Spirit's power and peace. Thank you.

4. Speaking of big prayers, I have a request for a dear old friend of mine - not old in years, she is younger than I and still in her late 40s, but we've been friends for many years. She's had multiple surgical interventions in the last couple of years and the most recent, just this past week, was especially scary because it involved a malignancy. (The other surgeries did not, though they were delicate and difficult.) The good news is that the surgeon excised the entirety of a malignant tumor in my friend's neck and that the tumor appears not to have spread to the lymph nodes. The bad news is that my friend can't speak. People often have sore throats after having been intubated, but this is not a sore throat: my friend has no voice at all. She is persuaded that the surgeon and anesthesiologist damaged her larynx during surgery. In a few days she will know more, but she is terrified. And weary, weary, of all the assaults on her body (especially parts of her face and head) in these last years. Please pray for my friend. Let's call her Moira.

5. And while you're at it, there is the matter of a lost wallet in England. Hello, St. Anthony? Would you help out our friend Mimi?

Thank you, dear Prayer Posse. Do your thing.


PseudoPiskie said...

A couple of years ago I participated in a study by the VA which sought to teach people to speak using their throats. I have no idea what has happened to the study but I know it worked. Perhaps just the knowledge that someone is or was working on non-laryngeal speech will give her hope.

Meanwhile specific prayers for those mentioned going forward.

An extra prayer for you and your various projects is uttered every time I get in the car and see +Maya on the visor.

Fran said...

So many prayers for each and every person listed here.

And so very much for you!

David@Montreal said...

thank-you for the update on P
prayers of thanksgiving come with joyous ease for such good news.

prayers offered for Deborah and Moira, but prayers and incense offered for the bannishment of that internal fear and yor literally skipping over that external challenge!

Jane, when I sent to the case for incense for my offering, two sticks were already standing halfway out, waiting. Likewise all I know of your very serious academic reputation tells me you already have all you need for this serious piece of writing and that you'll be fine- just keep breathing dear Dr. Jane and 'Do your thing' to quote you back at you.


Magdalene6127 said...

I like David's words to you, Jane. Your magnificent mind is most certainly up to any challenge.

I heard from Moira's husband on the phone Friday, and Moira by email yesterday. I too am storming heaven with wild, insistent prayers on her behalf... and for all you have named.


Song in my Heart said...

Prayers for all of these.

MadPriest said...

I can report that although Mimi hasn't found her purse, she is able to collect new credit cards from the credit card company today. She also had the foresight to carry travelers' cheques with her (not in her purse) and was able to survive over the weekend on them.

I can also report that when you first meet her she starts talking and when you leave her she stops talking. The amount of time between meeting and leaving doesn't seem to make any difference to this.

Lois Keen said...

It is a day for prayers, of all sorts. Adding mine to those already ascending to, indeed storming, the gates of heaven.

johnieb said...

Prayers on continuing prayers.

Paul said...

Prayers for all.

We know you can do it. Now if you remember that you can do it....


susan s. said...

Prayers for everyone needing them.

Mike Farley said...

Yes, praying here, Jane...

"The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made...

The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.

The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down..."