Let us begin with World AIDS Day, recalling all those who have died, those who live with HIV/AIDS, those who love them, those who toil to prevent and cure this disease, and the eradication of stigma.
A new site has been launched at www.aids.gov and you are encouraged to check it out.
For Ozzie's family.
For Lindy in China.
For Eileen's mother having a second hip replacement done.
Jacque Sue's cat Dexter who has gone missing.
For Rob Whalley at his pre-ordination retreat.
For the four slain Washington State police officers and their loved ones. For all those who put their lives in danger to protect others.
For Fran's reflections at Evening Prayer tonight.
For Dan, Sandra, and Mark and all who are going through extended healing periods.
For Mimi who asks:
For a good outcome and healing for surgical procedures on Tuesday...For Frank and Carol, Jim and Ruthie, Myron and others dealing with major health problems.
...for my niece, Donna, who will have a hysterectomy
...for Ann's friend, Kay Rohde, who will have spinal surgery
For John and his mother.
For myself and those who take counsel for mission and ministry.
For Kirstin who has returned to blogging and for Jane R who has been busy beyond belief and also returned to blogging after a hectic few months.
For the LGBT citizens of Uganda.
For Juan and his hearing on Thursday and for Margaret and Joel who have taken him into their home.
We conclude with Margaret's prayer this morning:
Hey, God --it's margaret here --I pray that when I think I see disaster looming, I may have the strength to stand and lift up my head with joy and without shame --my Advent discipline.... I pray that when I think I see judgment, I remember judgment has already happened, and the gates of hell have been shattered and strewn about --just like the tables in your Temple... and I don't much like figs anyway, so there... you blew it with too many little seeds. Just sayin' --and God, thank you. Thank you. For all of it. Amen.