So many prayer requests this evening.
For my coworker Jennifer who collapsed three times this weekend and is in the hospital. They suspect pneumonia but are testing for everything.
For Mark suffering an outbreak of shingles.
For Diane's dad who is in the hospital with pneumonia.
For my niece Paula, facing a bout of diverticulitis.
For Jack, who will always be my father-in-law to me, who had stitches removed today following cancer surgery two weeks ago. The margins are all cancerous so there are severe limitations on what can be done.
For my coworker Tammy who is having a miserable time with her right eye following surgery.
For Jonathan and the Missus as they make a huge transition.
For the people of Chile and the people of Haiti, recovering from devastating earthquakes.
For Mark, who is still healing and has not posted in a month.
For those lacking shelter or heat in severe winter weather. For the youth of the reservations where suicide, already high, is increasing.
For Margaret and all the faithful who will stand in witness against the hatred of Westboro Baptist Church in Richmond tomorrow.
O Crucified Firstborn, you have surrounded us with sisters and brothers who share with us their joys, their wounds, and their deep concerns: In your merciful compassion grant that we, who do not pray for ourselves as we ought, may faithfully hold these in our heart with love as we stand before you; may your Spirit bear us together to the Father's throne where we may obtain such grace and healing as we need and be strengthened to praise and serve you all the days of our life; for the sake of your passionate love. Amen.