A new Christian prayer thread for Autumn and Advent... All welcome!

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Tuo Wed 06-Nov-13 00:03:58

Starting a new thread as we head from Autumn into Winter... This is a safe and supportive place of prayer, where regulars, occasional visitors and lurkers, committed Christians and those just dipping a toe into the water are all equally welcome. Come and leave a prayer, tell us what’s going on in your life, bring your worries, hopes, fears and joys to God, and know that you will be prayed for.

We pray, in particular, for...

... amberlight, for her work raising awareness of autism in churches, and for her to know love and acceptance wherever she goes;

... Badvoc and her family, as they grieve the loss of her dad; we pray too for her aunt, who’s very ill, and for all those affected by the death of Badvoc’s uncle who was estranged from the rest of the family;

... BlackEyedSusan, for all the many things which she has to juggle in her life as a single parent; in particular, we pray for her mum's health and for BES to know how best to help and support her, for strength to deal with her DS’s meltdowns, and for both her DC to receive the support that they need at school;

... Bluetinkerbell, in her new job and as she explores her vocation;

... bountyicecream, who is in a very difficult relationship situation and needs our prayers – may she find strength and support and self-belief;

... CharlotteCollinsisinherownplace, giving thanks that she has had the strength to get out of an emotionally abusive relationship, and praying for a happy future for her and for her DC;

... cloutiedumpling, thanking God that her DS doesn’t need surgery, and praying for his continued good health;

... Don'tsteponthemomeraths, for her niece, little Grace, born prematurely – may she continue to grow in strength; also for Mome’s health, and in particular her persistent headaches – may they turn out to be easily treatable; and for Mome’s DS to receive the support he needs at school;

... DutchOma and Bob, for health for Bob and for good support (moral and practical) for Oma as she cares for him day by day; for Oma’s eyes – giving thanks for good sight in the one already treated, and praying for the one still to be done;

... EasyCompadre, for a healthy pregnancy, and for the strength to do what she needs to do for her business while waiting to meet her baby;

... fluffyduckie, that her terminally ill relative is well looked-after and as well as is possible in the circumstances, without too much pain; and that fluffy find a church where she feels comfortable and where she finds a supportive community to sustain her faith;

... FriendOfDorothy, grieving for the loss of her mum – may she know love and support at this difficult time;

... Gingercurl, for the successful completion and examination of her thesis; for strength and discernment for A; for Ginger’s nephew, who has health concerns and is suffering bullying – may he know health and strength and love; and for Ginger’s MIL who has been diagnosed with cancer;

... HadALittleFaith, for her to feel happier now that she has been prescribed anti-depressants; for rest and peace of mind; and for her to find a church where she feels comfortable and welcomed;

... JugglingFromHereToThere, for a job which interests and fulfils her, and for peace and love in her immediate and broader family;

... Kaykat, as she continues to deal with the breakdown of her marriage, giving thanks for the support she has already received and the strength which she has found, and praying that she is soon settled in her own home with her DS;

... LollipopViolet, as she mourns her grandad, and as she explores her faith;

... MadHairDay, for health as she lives with chronic illness - may she be well enough to spend this Christmas at home with her family and not in hospital; praying too for health and love and friendship for MHD’s DD;

... MaryBS, for her work as a Reader, for her DS, and for her friend who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer;

... niminypiminy, as she begins ordination training; and praying also for her mum’s health, following a recent fall;

... PositiveAttitude and her family; in particular for her parents’ health and for PA and her sister as they take care of them; for her DD1, thanking God that her depression has lifted and that she is enjoying university, and praying for a job for her; for her DD3 who is pregnant, due in February – may she have a trouble-free pregnancy and birth and may she know the joy of being a mother; praying also for PA as her DD3’s pregnancy brings to her mind her DD, Emma, sadly born too soon; and for her DS who is struggling with settling back in the UK, for his studies and for a job for him; and finally praying for PA’s DH and DD4 in Cambodia – may they stay safe and well;

... RoomForALittleOne, for the whole family as her DH embarks on an exciting new curacy placement;

... tunnocksteacake and family, as they cope with Mr Tunnocks’ illness; and

... youretoastmildred, for her friend, R, for a swift recovery from her operation.

We pray also for more occasional visitors and those we haven’t seen for a while: for BoxOfDelights, for thegreenheartofmanyroundabouts, for JakeBullet, for jan and her DD, for notquiteagrownup, for SES, for Soozi, and for weegiemum. And we pray for those who read and pray but don’t post, for those who need our prayers but are afraid or too uncertain to post them, and for all those known to us in our own lives who need God’s love.

Calm us, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
Still us, O Lord, keep us from harm.
Let all the tumult within us cease.
Enfold us, Lord, in Your peace. Amen

Tuo Thu 02-Jan-14 01:01:53

grin at the leafblower suggestion...!

I've started a new thread, come on over!

GingerCurl Wed 01-Jan-14 14:48:17

Happy New Year to all lovely posters and lurkers. Wishing everyone every blessing for 2014.

Praying for Oma and Bob and sore heads for inconsiderate neighbours.

DontstepontheBaubles Wed 01-Jan-14 08:51:56

Do you have a leaf blower Oma? Time for some noisey gardening early today? wink. <joke>

Happy New Year all x

Dutchoma Wed 01-Jan-14 07:47:54

Bob had a settled night, my neighbours had a party between 11pm and 5am, it wasn't the fireworks that kept me awake but their shouting.

OComeAllYeFaithFul Wed 01-Jan-14 00:20:27

Happy New Year my lovely friends. Praying for blessings in 2014!

NoRoomForALittleOne Wed 01-Jan-14 00:15:50

Happy New Year!

Prayers for my lovely virtual Oma and Bob xx

cloutiedumpling Tue 31-Dec-13 23:22:39

Happy New Year!

Praying for all, especially Oma and Bob tonight

Tuo Tue 31-Dec-13 22:23:56

Glad DS is there, Oma. Praying.

BlessedAssurance Tue 31-Dec-13 21:04:42

To everyone who has offered words of wisdom,comfort,advice when needed. Thank you. Here is to 2014 and its challenges,rewards but most importantly blessings. Buckle up everyone. We are going for a ride!!!

BlessedAssurance Tue 31-Dec-13 21:01:26

Happy new year to everyone. Oma sending prayers your way,so lovely that your Ds is with you. Hoping for better results for Bob.

bountyicecream Tue 31-Dec-13 20:44:56

Thinking and praying for you oma. I'm glad your ds is with you

Dutchoma Tue 31-Dec-13 20:25:35

So, the hospice called me again to come in. Fortunately I was already on the doorstep. The reason was that his oxygen stats had dropped qute a bit. Bob was asleep under the VPAP and quite peaceful for several hours so I could have a chat with the doctor and the registrar that I saw yesterday. I emphasised that I wanted Bob to be as comfortable as they could make him. That the very last thing would be to transfer him to hospital to make him 'better'. They agreed that they would be able to do that, without the threat to move him anywhere.
He then woke up and was quite agitated so they gave him an injection and he settled again. I called ds out because I felt very lonely. He came promptly and is staying the night here, so I won't have to find a taxi on New Year's Eve.

Happy New Year to all.

amberlight Tue 31-Dec-13 19:39:12

Adding my own prayers for a lovely New Year for everyone here.

Tuo Tue 31-Dec-13 19:30:27

Prayers to all for a very happy new year. May 2014 bring you happiness, health, and love, and may God's peace be with you all.

I am thinking especially tonight of Oma and Bob, but also of all those for whom 2013 has been a difficult year, whether because of illness, relationship breakdown, the loss of loved-ones, or for other reasons.

Even though we haven't filled up this thread yet, I will start us a new one for 2014 tomorrow. It feels right to have a new thread for the new year. Post any special requests here and I'll try to do the new thread tomorrow night. For now, much love to you all: this thread and all who post on it mean a huge amount to me.

RunRunRuby Tue 31-Dec-13 11:45:46

Praying for a happy and healthy New Year for everyone. Especially that Bob is able to find peace.

Dutchoma Tue 31-Dec-13 04:29:26

Don't worry about it Kay. I just wonder what 'ons' is?

Oh yes, Mome the unpacking can wait.

I am awake at stupid o'clock again and didn't even go to bed that early.

Kaykat Mon 30-Dec-13 23:51:26

That should say oma and bob how rude of my predictive text to change your name to ons

Kaykat Mon 30-Dec-13 23:47:34

Good to hear from you again bounty so glad that you are starting to heal. As to whether your h is genuine i think time will give you the answer. If he isn't genuine when something doesn't go his way he will show his true colours.

I worry about ds sometimes he acts just like his dad but i don't know if its just normal teenager stropping. My big regret is not leaving h 10 years ago so he would have less influence. It never even crossed my mind that separation was an option until he cheated on me.

Continuing prayers for ons and bob

bountyicecream Mon 30-Dec-13 22:59:27

Praying for you and bob DO

DontstepontheBaubles Mon 30-Dec-13 22:16:30

DO I got home at 8.30. I haven't unpacked yet. Felt it could wait.

Today is the day Grace was meant to be born on (due date) instead the poor love had immunisations and a blood test.

Praying for Bob DO x

DO Praying that the light of Christ will shine into Bob and he will feel the peace that passes all our understanding. Praying that you, too have that touch from Christ.

DD3 is doing well, thank you for the prayers. Baby still hanging on and bleeding has stopped.

Christmas was not the best here, but i am looking forward now to 2014. Prayers for a peaceful and God filled new year for you all.

amberlight Mon 30-Dec-13 19:14:34

Praying hard...

Dutchoma Mon 30-Dec-13 19:08:33

Mome that is wonderful news about the MRI. What it is to have a normal brain. grin
And hopefully you are now safely home and the kids in their beds?

Well, I did not sleep between 3.15 and 6.15, then dropped off again and had just got up to make a second cup of tea when I had a call from the hospice. Bob had what they now think was a panic attack, but what looked like a heart attack so they had the full ECG and all observations were normal. They'd given him something to calm him down and he was peaceful. They said it would be nice if I could come in, no rush, so I got there 10.45. Bob asleep on the bed, breathing more normally than I have seen him doing for eight years. He woke up quite confused and kept drifting off to sleep. The doctor came to see him, said she had been quite distressed by the way he had been. she suggested a syringe driver so he could have some anti anxiety meds over a prolonged period of time and he agreed to it, but said that it was 'horrible, a weight around his neck'. I left him with his dinner, went to have something to eat myself and spend an hour at home, then came back. We spoke to the chaplain, who kneeled by his bed an sang to him, so beautiful. He is really having the most exquisite care. I spoke to him (the chaplain) later and he said that I should not speak to Bob as a rational being, but address his 'inner child', which was frightened and lost. On the way out I spoke to one of the other doctors who said that in the team meeting they had agreed that Bob has a 'catastrophic' view of life, which prevents him from seeing anything good in the situation. Please pray for him to see the light of Christ.

DontstepontheBaubles Mon 30-Dec-13 07:57:05

Hello all

It's been probably the nicest time I've ever had with my outlaws. Living in close quarters for a few days with them in their home can be something I dread, as we have very different ideas in how to discipline my kids, time to eat, time for bed etc. I haven't let it bother me this time and have tried to relax. The kids don't want to go home.

I'll begin the long drive back later. Probably about 9am.

Bounty that's great that he's rediscovering God but I agree that real change can take time. Praying for you.

Lovely that you had such a great 10 day break TUO. That verse is lovely and reminds me of that song by Tim Hughes. I suspect he plucked a line or two from this one.

Did I tell you I had my MRI result? My brain is normal. The headaches are nerve damage and nothing sinister.

Tuo Sun 29-Dec-13 23:10:17

Hello all. I am back, and feeling refreshed and very blessed. Thanking God for my lovely family and for my parents' continued good health despite advancing years. Also thankful that we all got on well, despite 10 days in one another's company, which I think is probably longer than I've spent with my parents all in one go for a good 20 years or more and certainly longer than DH (not a man known for his patience, bless him!) has ever spent with them.

Praying for all on this thread, whether regulars, occasional posters or lurkers... but thinking especially of Oma and Bob, of BES, her DS and her mum, and of PA's DD3. Thanking God for good Christmases this year for Kay and Bounty, and for Gingercurl, and for Christmas at home for MHD (hooray! smile ).

One day over Christmas I found that 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind' had popped into my head. Its words echo the prayer at the end of the OP for this thread, and probably apply to many of us at this stressful time of year, so I'll share just a few of them:

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Amen, and happy Christmas to all.

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