I have two new prayer requests today.
A friend of a friend has learned she has cancer of the pancreas. I ask your prayers for Tricia.
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.
Another of Smokey's own:
Last Thursday Steve Uptegrove, a Wallowa-Whitman National Forest employee, was killed during a drug enforcement clean up action when he was hit by a falling snag. Steve had worked for the Forest Service since--Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell
19851975. It is with deep sorrow that I share this message. Please keep Steve's wife Hope, his family, loved ones, friends, and fellow Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. In honor of Steve Uptegrove, Secretary Vilsack has ordered flags at all USDA facilities to be flown at half staff.
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, deal graciously with those who love Steve in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Updated with date correction on Steve's service; he began at the Deschutes National Forest in 1975.