Sunday, January 25, 2009

Heart thread - 1/25/2009

We need some serious cosmic lovin' for JimB who is suffering pancreatitis and going through a really nasty patch. You can read all about it at the Mad One's. Please hold jimB in your hearts.

I had a long phone chat with JoAnne the other evening (she of the new call to be a rector) as she was driving to her parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. Exciting and challenging times, so love and best wishes to JoAnne and her whole family.

I want to toss out a few general prayers: one for Fran who always bites off more than ordinary folk can chew and then does it all well but, dear God, please sustain and protect her amid the whirlwind that is her life; and one for E. who needs upholding and shielding in general; and one for Kirstin who doesn't have the pep to blog much but whom we still are cheering on. Themethatisme has been on quite a ride lately too, and we don't want to forget Being Peace, and I am rapidly panicking over all the folks I should be naming right now and can't cram into my conscious thought all at once. La Contessa's life is pretty stressful too.

There are the peoples of the Middle East and Central Asia caught up in conflicts new and old, all living in some form of mutual terror and desperate for peace. There are the people of east Congo and the people of Zimbabwe, the long-standing strife in Sri Lanka, the folks of northeast Spain and southwest France who have been battered by deadly storms.

I want to pray for the Diocese of the Rio Grande as we continue to seek healing and renewal before electing a new bishop. And always for Katherine, our Presiding Bishop.

For Barack, our President, and his family and for all the intricate negotiating that must be done to turn the ship of state around, and take effectual steps on behalf of our stricken economy and global economic health.

Not surprisingly, I am asking God to give spines to the Democrats in Congress (and that is truly a prayer of blind faith).

I imagine you have some prayers of your own to add. Please do.

As I sometimes pray:
O Lord, we pray for those who pray for us, for those who have asked our prayers, and for those who have none to pray for them.

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

[Both prayers from The Book of Common Prayer 1979]

--the BB


FranIAm said...

Prayers for all!

And to include me here, well I thank you, but my issues are so often self-inflicted and not nearly what others must cofront.

How good it is that we all have each other, thanks be to Godde!

Jane R said...

La Contessa thanks you ever so much for the prayers.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Amen, Amen!

(the verification word is not Godde, but "cedde" ;=)