Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heart thread - 9/18/2010

Our requests this evening come from our friend David@Montreal:
1) Frank called Mam today when she got home from morning service. Literally on the point of leaving for the hospital he was calling to ask for prayers- your prayers.
As you might remember, almost two months ago cancer cells started showing up again in Franks blood work and since then their incidence has seriously increased. As a result, Frank's going back into hospital to receive a new series of genetic transfusions from the original donor- a woman in Germany who is donating a second time.
Mam says Frank was in great spirits, reminding her I've got David's Giants praying for me, I'll be fine.
I'd ask your prayers for Frank and Carol, for his incredibly generous donor in Germany, and for the nurses and doctors treating my cherished cousin.
2) Before the end of the month, dear Kirstin will also be heading back into hospital for another aggressive round of treatment, in this her second battle with Cancer. What some of you may not know Kirstin is also working her way through the discernment process about her vocation to priestly ordination. I'd ask your prayer for both challenges please.
3)Prayers for Rosemary, Dave and their two sons please. Rosemary is currently experiencing some slight degree of remission at present though additional tumors have been discovered and she is suffering increased pain.
4) Prayer for Marc please- a remarkable young man who is in the throes of a Bell's Palsy diagnosis, as the doctors wrestle with trying to get it under control, to stop it from spreading or becoming life-threatening. (which I was surprised to learn it can be).Marc is in his early thirties, has taught English in Japan, returned to Montreal to ace an honors Masters in Oriental Studies, and now makes his life as a leather artist and book-maker. His partner, Alexis is a wonderful young woman who had achieved a reputation as an environmental installation artist in a half dozen countries.
5) Prayers for the people of Pakistan please- and for the people of Islam, that they will find their voices and own their grace to throw off the yokes of misogyny, tyranny and violence.

I also ask your continued prayers for my sister Shirley, for our friend Mark, and for the unemployed (which includes many of our online friends).

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.

--the BB