Prayer Requests

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  1. ZurichMike says:

    On August 4 I asked for your prayers about an interview. I have now advanced through two more rounds, in large part because I felt such tremendous support from my fellow Treepers. The next crucial decision (penultimate step) will be decided by the end of the coming week (August 26) I believe. Please pray for a successful outcome. Thank you for your past prayers, and for your future ones!

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  2. butchcracker says:

    Deepest prayers and love for all…..
    ZM….hold on tight to Jeremiah 29:11…
    Amen…
    May God continue to shine His light on all

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  3. ZurichMike says:

    A prayer to all in Hurricane Irene’s path. Guardian angels, attend them.

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  4. ZurichMike says:

    Just found out that it’s between me and another candidate, and that the decision for who will get a last look will be made tomorrow (Thursday). Please keep me in your prayers — the tension is killing me. Thanks in advance! ZurichMike

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    A prayer of thanks to all of you. I am one step closer to the job. The business leaders and HR met and will be recommending me to meet with the final decision-maker in the US! I will know for sure when and where tomorrow after they speak with the final decision-maker.

    Thank you all for your prayers — a few more would be appreciated until everything is “over the stage” as we say in German.

    ZurichMike

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  6. stellap says:

    Arrived at work today to bad news – a programming contractor we have worked with for almost ten years has died of a heart attack. Jerry, a very sweet guy, was only 47 years old. He wasn’t married, but looked out for his mom, siblings, and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed.

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  7. Aloha my fellow Tree members, I wated to give you a follow up on my father who I asked for prayers for on Aug 18th. Yesterday my father came home! He was not expected to recover from this surgery, being 80 years old and having parkinsons for over 16 years, and is home with the family now. Nothing short of a miracle and a testament of your prayers and my brothers dedicated life of caring for him 24/7 for the last 15 years. I will always be grateful for all your prayers and thank you all. God Bless You!!!

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  8. freedom1781 says:

    Pray for my dad. He’s flying out to LA on business this Sunday, the 11th. I’m really nervous since it’s the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

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  9. Joanne says:

    Please pray for my son, Curtis, who just turned 21 today (9/11), and is stationed in Iraq. His dad died when he was 13, and ever since, Curtis doesn’t believe in God. I was on skype with him yesterday, and I told him I was praying. He told me not to pray because there is no God.

    Also, my daughter Christa is several months pregnant by a very abusive addict boyfriend. My daughter has lost her job and everything in her life. Her brother won’t have anything to do with her. She hasn’t seen a doctor yet and has an appt on Thursday, 9/15, but doesn’t have the $100 to pay (until her medical assistance is approved) and I don’t either. Please pray that she (1) gets the money somehow, so she can go to the appt. (2) finds a new place to live to get away from the abusive boyfriend.

    Thank you very much

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    • stellap says:

      Dear Joanne,

      I will pray for you, your son, and your daughter. God bless you. It is a helpless feeling when your children need help, and you can’t help them. Pray hard for God to take this burden from you; only he can do it. Ask him for help too.

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      • stellap says:

        God preserve your tiny grandchild. Your daughter is trying to do the right thing for that tiny being. I don’t know where she lives, but there are people in most cities who will help her without cost.

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        • Patriot Dreamer says:

          I second what stellap says. Please have your daughter contact a church or local social services. They can point her in the right direction for pre-natal care at no cost to her.

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        • stellap says:

          I know that Salvation Army, for example, will give her food and a place to stay, and help her with prenatal care.

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      • Joanne says:

        Thank you very much. It brings tears to my eyes that others would pray for my children.

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    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      I will pray for them and for you, Joanne.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers for all of you, Joanne.

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    • Joanne says:

      Thanks to all of you; I am touched. I don’t even know how I got to this page really. I was just checkin out some facebook posts and ended up here. I will try to follow up. May God Bless everyone on this site.

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    • Prayers for your family. For a guiding hand over Curtis, and for Christa. God will watch over your family, he always does.

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    • Joanne says:

      That was quick. Thanks. Christa will have the money to see the doctor on Thursday. She did submit an application for Medical Assistance through the state, but the doctor’s won’t see people, until their Medical Assistance is approved. I rec’d a phone call from an old family friend who will pay the doctor. We haven’t heard from her in a while. You guys are really good!! and the Lord does really listen and help us. Thanks again, my friends.

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      • stellap says:

        Thanks to the Good Lord! May all go well for your DD. This reminds me of a story my mom told me, from many years ago. My sister was pregnant, and they didn’t have the money to pay her rent. Not many people knew because, in those days, it was a great shame to be pregnant out of wedlock. My mom was already on her knees, scrubbing the floor, and she prayed to God, asking for help, because she was helpless. Two days later she received a check from my aunt, and a note, “Just thought you could use this”. It was the exact amount she needed for my sister. Prayer is powerful, and I believe that with all my heart.

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      • zmalfoy says:

        Amen! Praise the Lord!

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      • Menagerie says:

        Joanne, I am late to this conversation, but I add my prayers for your entire family, including the little one. Welcome, and we hope you hang around. After all, it looks like maybe God kind of pointed you here because we need people like you.

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      • GracieD says:

        I’m late to this, but am praying. God is able to do more than we can even imagine.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        I came here for an “update” on a previous prayer request, but realize your needs are far greater than mine. Sorry I am late to this thread.

        Prayers to St. Nicholas, guardian saint of children, for your unborn grandchild. Prayers to St. Michael, defender against Satan and the snares of evil, for your son Curtis. Prayers to the Blessed Mother to you and and your daughter Christa.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          I just got back from a swim and did some thinking and praying while doing laps (stroke – stroke – Lord have mercy). Another prayer to St. Joseph, patron saint of fathers, to step in for Curtis, who lost his dad 8 years ago. And to St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes, for your grandchild’s father, that he overcome his addiction and become a responsible member of society and a good father.

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  10. freedom1781 says:

    I don’t normally do this…
    Please pray for me. Thanks.

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  11. AFinch says:

    Hey guys. We found out yesterday that the little guy in my avatar may have prostate cancer. We’ll know more after seeing a specialist, but Mr. Finch is nearly heartbroken. Please keep us in your prayers.

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  12. ZurichMike says:

    ZurichMike finally had his last interview yesterday. It went very, very well. Now ZurichMike must again *wait* for the offer, which I hope to get soon. Keep those prayers coming! Thank you, Treepers!

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  13. Menagerie says:

    For all You have given,
    Thank You God.

    For all You have withheld,
    Thank You God.

    For all You have withdrawn,
    Thank You God.

    For all You have permitted,
    Thank You God.

    For all You have prevented,
    Thank You God.

    For all You have forgiven me,
    Thank You God.

    For all You have prepared for me,
    Thank You God.

    For the death You have chosen for me,
    Thank you God.

    For the place you are keeping for me in heaven,
    Thank You God.

    For having created me to love You for eternity,
    Thank You God.

    For Sadie,
    Thank You God.

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  14. Hi kids.

    Prayers please for my Sissy and BIL. A marriage in real crisis…they have been so angry at each other for so long that neither can see past themselves. They have two beautiful daughters, a great home and so many of the blessings that we all wish for.

    Each blames the other for their problems, and I fear they are beyond working it out. This is where y’all come in.

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  15. GFCandinthatorder says:

    Tilda,
    My wife and I pray together now;
    Lord God in Heaven we humbly ask, that you bestow the Graces necessary for Bill and his wife to see how Great your Love is for both of them. Let their eyes see that through Your suffering, death and Ressuurection, that are not alone and can call upon You and recieve the Graces necessary to forgive even that which may seem unforgivable, that through the courage that comes from the gifts that you give freely they can rise once more together with you and concur the evil that dwells in their midst that wants them to despair. Let them be humble, peaceful, quick to forgive and forget, to reforgive when remembering once again, quick to ask each others forgiveness and Sweet Lord help them to remember that love they had for each other that brought their lovely children into this world in the first place and the covenant they made together with you which binds them and makes them one with each other and You. We humbly ask to not look at our great and numerous offenses but in Thy Mercy grant us our petition, Amen

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  16. Thanks you guys. You guys are the BEST.

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  17. AFinch says:

    Hi friends. I have good news to share today. We received the results from Vinny’s biopsy today, and it is normal. The vet said the sample wasn’t great, but since he is not experiencing any of the symptoms they would expect to see if he had prostate cancer and the initial finding was unexpected, he thinks the results are accurate. We’ll take him in for another ultrasound in a few months to be sure. Thanks again for all of your prayers.

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  18. ZurichMike says:

    A prayer of thanks: I got the job! However, I have to wait until mid to late November for the contract to be finalized (company is in a hiring freeze, like many are). Thank you to all my Treepers for their prayerful vigilance.

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  19. Please pray for a close friend of mine whose oldest son, Dominick, took his own life last night, and also for the soul of this high school age boy who was a good kid. None of us saw it coming. I don’t know how to comfort my buddy, the dad, who just lost his own father a few months ago. GFC, this is the same family I’ve told you about. He’s a very Irish ex-Air Force pilot who’s now a fixture at the AF Academy. He met his wife, who’s Samoan/Hawaiian while on Oahu, and they have a large family that reminds me of yours in many ways. Thanks, Folks.

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    • stellap says:

      Oh Grunt, I will certainly pray for this family. I cannot imagine the sorrow they must feel, and I know that guilt will be a part of it. So sad.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Oh, Grunt, that breaks my heart. I’m so sorry and will pray for everyone involved – you, too, that you may help your friend through this.

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    • MRM says:

      Oh Grunt…. I’m so very sorry. and yes, praying for all who are touched by this.

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    • Sharon says:

      Grunt, that is unimaginable sorrow. You probably can’t actually “comfort” this brokenhearted Dad, but your presence in the days ahead will change some of the suffering and some of the moments. Just be there…and we’ll be praying that your Heavenly Father will be doing things through your friendship that you don’t even recognize at the moment. May God strengthen you and your DW as you stand by your friend.

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    • Menagerie says:

      My heart and prayers go to this family. I will remember them in my prayers. I also thank God for giving them a friend like you, and know you will be an instrument of His love and comfort. May all our prayers strengthen you in your blessed role as friend.

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    • Prayers of course. 😦

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    • Thank you all so very much.

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    • GFCandinthatorder says:

      God Bless You for sharing this burden with us MY FRIEND.
      I will ask prayers to be said tonight with-in our prayer group as well. There are very few wordsI can say to express my deeppest sympathy for you, your family and his. Please remember that at times like these a true friend can make all the difference in the world. When lives seem to be shattered, God can enter into ones soul and give him/her strength. Stand as a beacon of strength, a Light, confort and just be there for this family, as God is always there waiting with open arms, waiting to wrapHis arms around His sheep like the loving Father that he is. Remember the Prayer of St. Francis;

      Make me a channel of His peace. Where there is hatred ler me brig Your love. Where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord. And where there’s doubt, true faith in You. Wherethere is despair in lif let me bring Your Hope. Where there is darkness, only Light and where there is sadness, only Joy. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. In giving to all men that we receive, and in dying that we are born to eternal life. O Master grant that I amy never seek. So much to be consoled as to console. To be understood as to understand. To be loved as to love with all my soul.
      Make me a channel of Your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring Your Love. Where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord. And where there’s doubt, true FAITH IN YOU.
      OH dear Lord, Grant our brother, Grunt, the strength to be that pilar, the TREE with a foudation of deep roots in You, to shine with Your Love for these people who need Your milk at this time in their lives, Amen. I am with you my friend!

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    • Ad rem says:

      Such unspeakable sorrow for all concerned….. I will pray for this child’s eternal soul.

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    • tnwahm says:

      So sorry. I can’t imagine the heartbreak that your friend is feeling right now. Will be praying for him and his family.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Good heavens. Of course. We’re on it. Angels of mercy, we have some serious work to do.

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    • GruntOfMonteCristo,
      I apologize for taking so long to see this comment. I am very saddened to hear of such a terrible loss. I feel inadequate in offering anything to help. Obviously, nothing will bring Dominick back to his family, but my prayer is that the loss stops there, and that the enemy is not allowed to steal anything more from this family. I pray that the family understands who stole their son from them, and where to turn in this time of great sorrow…

      The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

      John 10:10

      The thief stole their son, but I pray the family doesn’t blame God, but instead turns to Jesus, that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

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  20. frenchreader says:

    Writing out of experience, as my best girlfriend’son, 18 yo, shot himslef in the head 10 years ago, I can say that, next to standing by your friend of course, you should foremost think about your own children specially if they are teenagers.
    The suicide of this highschool kid started some sort of epidemy of suicide among the youth of his school …

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    • You are right, FR. This can be a cancer among the youth, sometimes, that spreads for a while. Thank you. We are all holding our own teenagers very close right now.

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      • butchcracker says:

        OHHhh Grunt,thought of your friends family and yours all last night…..
        The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit..
        Continued prayers for wisdom and strenght….
        Very wise keeping all close…the ripple effects of such an act are very far reaching.
        May the Lord bless you and keep you

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        • Thank you muchly, BC. As a quick update, prayers are being answered, and healing is happening. Don’t want to comment too much, but there was an academic suspension from football. Dad was one of his coaches. It’s always been a happy family, and there seems to be no reason for feelings of guilt from anyone, except perhaps for Dom, who apparently took his life impulsively and violently and without any discussion or message. So very sad. Nevertheless, there are still feelings of guilt to overcome. But it was wonderful that both parents attended the HS football game last night in support of the team. It was the first game Dom would have missed due to suspension, and everyone was sick about it. We lost the game, but having them both there, especially with the dad being a coach, made a big difference for everyone, even with the missing man. Lots of wet eyes.

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          • Sharon says:

            It sure won’t fix anything, but I’m glad for Dad and Mom’s sake that they felt able to be present at the game. In making that choice, they were extending themselves to the football community at the school, and sharing some of the time of grieving with them. Public grieving is sometimes so horribly painful, but grieving in isolation is not good all the time. They showed a generosity of spirit in being there with the other kids, and the other kids will never forget it. Dusty keyboard here.

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            • 🙂 I thought so, too. But I was still surprised. 🙂

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            • butchcracker says:

              Amen…yes,yes,as always so beautifully put Ms.Sharon….
              He IS the God of restoration..bit by bit
              Darn dust here too…..
              Please know prayers are continued…hard to shake,close on the mind……
              Believe can speak for the tree Grunt when I say you have so much support and prayer.
              Sorry to say much experience with suicide round the tree…..
              Take good care of you(listen to Mrs Grunt!!!!)

              “Fear not,for I am with you:
              Be not dismayed,for I am your God.
              I WILL strengthen you,
              Yes,I WILL help you,
              I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”

              Isaiah 41;10

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              • “Fear not…”

                My pastor preached on that this morning. He said the world dedicates an entire holiday to a celebration of fear, terror, and death… Halloween.

                He showed how God’s word teaches us to fear (respect, revere) God, but NOTHING else.

                For example:

                Joshua 10:8
                And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”

                Isaiah 41:10
                Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

                Isaiah 41:13
                For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

                2 Timothy 1:7
                For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

                All instances of “fear” in the NKJV:
                http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=fear&searchtype=any&version1=50&spanbegin=1&spanend=73

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                • Thanks, RP! I love how many verses about fear can be mined from both Testaments. One of my favorites is yours above: 2 Timothy 1:7.

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                • Sharon says:

                  RP, our pastor preached this morning on Hebrews 10:26-39, emphasizing the same thing–that we are to fear God, and believers above all who have some knowledge and experience of both His mercy and holiness ought always to keep in mind that He is to be feared. That does not rise out of a “spirit of fear.” Amazing truths. It’s one of those areas where we see truth in tension: two seemingly opposing concepts which are both true. #1 I am absolutely safe in the God who loves me and preserves me through the Cross of Christ and #2 I will, indeed, fear God because of who He is, and because of who I am. Good stuff.

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                • butchcracker says:

                  Anem…Amen…

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  21. Sharon says:

    Grunt, if it ever seems to be appropriate, please tell these dear parents that there are a bunch of people stuck in a Tree that has big branches all across the country who are holding them in the hearts and loving on them and praying for them, speaking their names before the King of the Universe. We feel helpless to help them, but we do care. Greatly.

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    • butchcracker says:

      Amen…..

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    • Will do, Sharon. I have not yet, but I will let them know about our little “prayer network.” However, they’re aware of many others praying for them, so they’re not feeling alone. They’re weekly church attendees, and the dad is one of my sound techs (I chair the “geek” ministry) who runs sound board for the choirs and orchestra at regular services along with a group of about a dozen or so techs. We just held a prayer vigil for them at church last night with candles and everything, and the parents were there, along with one of the remaining children. So I think they’re feeling the love, but I will definitely tell them about the other “silent prayer partners” in the Tree. They will be touched, I know, just as I am shocked and touched that you have all responded so lovingly. Thanks to all! I pray for you all daily, whether you need it or not! 🙂

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      • AFinch says:

        I marvel at the faith, wisdom and love at the Tree. God bless you all.

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      • stellap says:

        So glad that your friends have a solid circle of faith around them at this time. Before “meeting” the folks at the Tree, I had always prayed, but never been part of a prayer group, or prayer chain. Praying for all of you has been a huge benefit, totally unexpected, knowing that I am joining with others to petition our Father. I am thankful for that.

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      • freedom1781 says:

        Grunt, I’ve been away from the computer since Friday afternoon and I am just now reading about the suicide of your friends’ son. I am so sorry to hear about their loss. My heart breaks for them. It’s so important to have support from friends and family and I’m glad that they do. Sharon said it better than I ever could. Your friendship will help ease their suffering. May God ease their pain. Prayers go out to them and to you, as well.

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        • Thank you! Please, don’t continue reading this paragraph if you don’t wish to know any more details… My biggest heartbreak, and theirs, right now, is that they still have not been allowed to touch their son’s body since the night he shot himself. They desperately just want to touch him and hold him, but they aren’t allowed. It just seems horribly cruel and pointless to me. The last time they did was in the five minutes after the shot, when they both held him on the floor of his room. Dad held his head, trying to slow down the bleeding, Mom checking breathing and pulse. Dom had just stopped breathing but still had a pulse when the paramedics forced them away to a different room to be isolated and questioned. The EMTs were just doing their jobs, and were wonderful, but that was the last time the parents touched him. Now they wait to have that little bit of closure. That’s what I’m praying for right now; for that to happen soon.

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          • freedom1781 says:

            Terrible, just terrible. I don’t understand why they aren’t allowed to touch him; it doesn’t make sense to me.

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          • Sharon says:

            Grunt, don’t know where my brain has been, but I had not read this before just now. I am SO sorry and frankly, upset, over this. Has anything been resolved? Were they able to touch his body again? How truly traumatic for them. Life for the survivors becomes so incredibly painful and, it seems, needlessly so. Please update us. I don’t mind reading the details……..acknowledging their suffering is literally the least I can do, and I remember in my sadness that it is NOT “happening to me”….it’s happening to them and I am so, so sorry.

            I had not realized that even in such a traumatic situation that the parents would initially considered suspects or at least “persons of interest” who would have to be questioned. How completely horrible. Please update us, Grunt.

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          • Sadly, you are right that even in obvious circumstances, the parents are considered suspects, and they must wait for the forensic analysis and the preliminary criminal investigation to be completed before they can properly grieve. Happily, in this case, that only took about a week, but it was an excruciating week for them, since they often didn’t even know what city their son’s body was in, it being transferred back and forth to different facilities multiple times.

            All that is over, and they took possession of him a few days ago. There was sufficient time for many relatives from Hawaii and Michigan to fly in, and we were all able to have a wonderful wake or vigil last night with the body present. We sang and prayed and heard many speeches by football coaches, family and friends. We laughed and cried and said our goodbyes. I did not ask directly, but I know that when Dominick finally made it to the mortuary a few days ago, his parents were able to spend a few hours with him, holding his hands and weeping fresh tears over him. I know that meant a lot to them. They were much more at peace last night and then today, during the formal funeral mass.

            That mass today was attended by some 1500-1600 people, including the entire student body of his High School and much of our parish. It was concelebrated by 9 priests and 2 deacons, and it was presided over by our young assistant pastor, who was there with Dominick as he died, and administered the last rites about a week and a half ago. The man is like a living saint, and we dearly love him. His homily was not all cotton candy, and he did not “canonize” Dom. He was very clear, for the benefit of the roughly 1000 students present, that Dom had made a mistake – a mistake only made because of the veil that covers all nations, as it says in scripture, and also covers our own eyes and blinds us to the truth. He made it very clear that this veil can be ripped away by Christ’s Love, and on that we must depend.

            I should also probably point out that the wonderful hosting pastor of the nearby church we “borrowed” for this funeral (because ours wasn’t big enough), is the same priest who baptized Ann Barnhardt just a few years ago, and he was there helping with both the vigil and to celebrate the mass with us. That was kind of cool. Oh, and our dear associate pastor who presided over the funeral is the same guy who Ann jokingly threatened with her 9mm after a little disagreement on my back deck last summer. I’m so glad she didn’t have to sh00t him. Good homilists are hard to find. 😉

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            • Sharon says:

              That’s a good report, Grunt. It sounds like these dear people are being loved well by those around them, and are receiving what their spirits need in these days. The sorrow will take different forms in the months and years ahead, and will never be totally over; but they are well-loved, and for those of us who stand at a great distance, we are glad for the care that you all are giving them.

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            • texan59 says:

              So sorry to read about this. I had a cousin who’se 16 year-old son took his life about five years ago. It is horrific for all involved. There are no words that can truly comfort those near the situation. Just know that all of us are out here for you and the family. Y’all are in our prayers.

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            • Thanks very much, good friends!

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  22. The Serenity Prayer
    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will direct your paths.

    Proverbs 3, 5-6

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  23. freedom1781 says:

    Just found out that a co-worker who had a liver transplant last year has internal bleeding and is in the critical care unit at a local hospital. (It was a Thanksgiving miracle that he received a liver last year.) Please pray for him and his family. He has 2 little girls.

    Thanks.

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  24. Prayers for him, his family and all his loved ones.

    Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.

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  25. El Coyote says:

    what a week last week was.
    Here is my simple prayer:

    Rub-a-dub-dub
    I pray to God to bless my grub
    As salty, bland or cold as it might be
    It fills my stomach and gives me energy

    I pray to God to grant me time
    as I count from zero to 9
    to calm me down and unfurl my fists
    as I contemplate popping some liberal like teenage zits

    I pray to God to grant me brain power
    So I don’t need to shout and climb a tower
    To tell the USA and all who are in it
    That Obama and his family are false government

    I pray to God to grant me serenity
    So my family and I can sleep quietly
    Without the threat of some Zombies
    Coming across the pastures to feed themselves to my dobermans.

    (…I…uh…kinda gave up there at the last line…)

    Yeah God!

    Amen.

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  26. *sigh*

    Just found out my “real” father is on hospice.I am not close with him (none of us are) but nonetheless my sisters and I are heading down to see him tonight.

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  27. Thanks you guys. You give me strength, which I dearly need right now. Pill, it is my greatest hope that he is right with God…I have no way of knowing and so all I can do is trust and pray. I hope to see him in Heaven someday, where all this mess won’t matter.

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  28. stellap says:

    Please say a prayer for my coworker, Wayne, who lost his life last night to an aneurysm. He was 63 years old, and we worked together for 40 years. He leaves behind his wife, Susan, their children and grandchildren.

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  29. fauxisme says:

    Tomorrow my youngest son will be married. Please pray for David and Alex this weekend. May they truly bring to each other the love that is God’s great gift to us. May they be blessed with joy and appreciation for the wonder of life, strength and wisdom and fortitude for the trials we all face, and be a reflection of God’s love for us to the world. I give great thanks to God for gifting me with this son, when I thought I needed no more children, and thanks for giving me a wonderful young lady to love as she joins our family. May I use this weekend to remember that God’s plans for us always bring us exactly where we need to be. Thank you Lord, for knowing that we needed this son even though we did not know it ourselves.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Amen, Menage.

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    • stellap says:

      Amen, indeed. Beautifully said. I will definitely pray for David and Alex.

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    • Sharon says:

      Have a wonderful celebration, and do know that God is enjoying and noting your gratitude and trust. Malachi 3:16 says that He notices when His people speak well of Him to one another…and He makes a book of remembrance about those occasions. “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard [them]; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name.”

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    • MRM says:

      Oh, I’m so happy for you all! All my best wishes for a long and blessed marriage full of happiness and joy. Congratulations!

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    • Ad rem says:

      Prayers for his love and goodness to rain down upon all. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures too.

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  30. Sharon says:

    Tomorrow DH is having an in-hospital procedure to remove basal cell carcinoma (3rd time in 5 months) from his cheek and nose. Last summer in MN and again in October here in OR he had biopsies and removal of tissue done, and the reports coming back in October indicated they still didn’t get it all. The doctor (who is board certified as ENT and surgeon (specialty in plastic surgery) says they will just stay at it until they get a clear sample, based on their lab reports. The procedure is to start at 8:15, and the doc says it will be 2 hours at the most. Pretty standard procedure. Pretty standard anxieties 😉

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  31. Sharon says:

    Hi gang….DH is safely back home and I’m waiting on him (although the nurse pointed out after he was almost ready to leave, “Remember now, ya didn’t have brain surgery, ya just had a nose job, so don’t think you can slack off!” (She was of the “git ‘er done!” perspective and definitely NOT PC of any kind!! We had a blast with her). The surgery was more extensive than the surgeon had expected, and took about 3 hours. He was very satisfied, as we are, with the outcome, and did indeed get into “clean tissue” all around the edges. There was much more c-tissue on the nose than he expected, but no reconstructive surgery is required.

    The healing (before he’s ready for his public unveiling) will be 7-8 days at least, which is to be expected. 4″ incision on the cheek, and another 3″ on the neck where they got the quarter-sized tire patch for his nose. He said to send you all great thanks and many hugs….so look overhead–there’s a bunch of cyber hugs floating your way from the Northwest….when you see them, just stand still for a moment, and your particular hug will swoop down and wrap you up! Thank you so much. God is always faithful–regardless of earthly outcomes—and we are grateful for this good outcome….

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Excellent news, Sharon!! You hug DH for us, he’s a good egg!! 😀

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    • stellap says:

      Glad that your DH had such a good outcome! Go ahead and treat him special for a few days – because he is!

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    • Ad rem says:

      WOOT!!! Outgoing cyber hugs coming towards you guys as well…((((((HUGS)))))). Great to hear that they reached “clean tissue” and no reconstructive surgery was needed. (They musta felt he was darned handsome enough! 😀 )

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  32. Sharon says:

    I forgot to clearly say also–what a monster blessing to have DS with me at the hospital all day. Been through many surgeries with DH, and this is the first time I’ve had immediate family available. It was so good to have company, someone to visit with when we felt like it, someone to go to lunch with after we knew DH was out of surgery, someone to drive us home and just sort of have our back. It surely lightens to burden to have a loved one lovin’ on ya like he did today!! I’ve been awake since 1:30 this morning, so am totally trashed, but now we can rest.

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  33. Shalini says:

    Hi guys,
    I am not sure I have ever written here, I have always kept my treehouse friends in my prayers. I know it’s quite silly of me but I find it extremely hard to ask people to pray for me. Not that I don’t believe in the power of collective prayers, I do. I just feel I shouldn’t burden other people with my troubles. I have always been that way. Quite secretive, I suppose. But now, I really do need prayers more than ever.

    It’s my mom. Last time I was here I mentioned that she was diabetic. It is a bit under control now, but now coupled with there are several other conditions which seem to be baffling even to the doctor partly because she isn’t very forthcoming. She’s been losing weight drastically as well. But this isn’t even about that. For a few months she’s been very afraid and distressed.

    Now before that I need to say a few things about my mom. She is positively one of the bravest and sharpest Christian women I’ve ever seen. The things she’s accomplished, along with my dad, simply through her undying faith has been immense. To see THAT woman so miserable with the fear of the unknown and to have given up on life is heart breaking. I have tried reassuring her every way I could. How do you speak words of faith to the very person who taught you how to believe? Despite my strong faith, which I believe is the biggest gift my parents have given me, I hurt too. It might sound selfish and ridiculous but this 28 year old wants her mom for many more years to come. Please do pray for her to not be afraid. Please pray that she might cast away her unbelief. The good thing is my dad is still the same, rock solid in his faith.

    I would love your prayers. What better time than Advent?

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    • stellap says:

      Dear Shalini, I would be honored to add my prayers for your mother to my your own. I miss my own mother a great deal, and I was fortunate to have her until I was 50 years old, and she was 91.

      Your mother is undoubtedly a very private person, so it is difficult for her to share her fears – and she may not want to burden you in this way. I will pray for her health, and that she will be reassured and comforted.

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    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Shalini, I will pray for you and your mother.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Of course, Shalini. Prayers for all of you – may your mom regain her peace of mind and spirit to help heal her body.

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    • GracieD says:

      Shalini, I will definitely keep your Mom in my prayers! Will be praying for you as well.

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    • Sharon says:

      Hi Shalini, and thank you for sharing this.

      I have seen several times this thing of “sharp fear in people of faith” — occur in older folks who are weakened by disease. My mother was in her late 80’s one of the last times that she clearly knew me when I was visiting her. She sat on the edge of her bed with her eyes toward the floor, her hands folded and her chin trembling. Out of nowhere, she suddenly and quietly said, “I’m afraid he won’t let me in.” I didn’t understand what she meant immediately because this was completely a freestanding statement–no context at all. So I wanted to be sure of what she meant and asked her to clarify,

      Then she said, “I’m talking about Jesus, Sharon. I’m such a sinner. I’m afraid He won’t let me in.” I’m telling you, Shalini, at that instant I became so flaming angry at the enemy of our souls. My mildest thought was, “How dare you go after this believer in Jesus when she is so weakened?” Then I took a few minutes to specifically remind her of the truths she had taught me when I was five years old, and ten years old, and 15 years old.

      Fear is a serious foe for all of us. There are two Scriptures that I love remembering together–because they cover my need either way.

      Psalm 56:3 says “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

      Isaiah 12:2 says, “I will trust and not be afraid…”

      So whether I am trusting or not trusting (at the moment) there is a verse for me. When I discover I am not trusting and therefore (often) have become vulnerable to fear, Psalm 56:3 is like a balm to my heart. It reminds me that trust is possible in the midst of fear (since it’s not a feeling, but a choice) and it reminds me that God is not mad at me because I’m fearful. That understanding is what made it possible for me to confidently encourage my mother when she was afraid. I knew God was neither mad at her or disappointed in her.

      Father in Heaven, Shalini’s mother is in grievous need of comfort and heart-support. Shalini and her Dad stand ready to give both and she seems unable to receive it. (You know all this, don’t You?) We lift them before you today, asking that Mom will find a way to let them in a bit more, let some of her fear go before You, and thus be able to receive what she needs during these days. Death is still an enemy of ours, Father, although we recognize it’s a conquered enemy. It is still an enemy. Shalini needs the strength your Spirit can provide for her today. Please make a way through these difficult things, and refresh Shalini’s heart. Strengthen her, Abba, so that she can minister to her mother. Amen.

      Loving you, Shalini. If you desire anyone who posts at The Tree to contact you directly for prayer or other encouragement via e-mail, let the mods know and they can obtain permission from that person to either give them your e-mail or request permission to give you theirs. You are not alone in this. (Sorry….I always use too many words. Sift what is helpful to you and set the rest aside! 😉 )

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      • barnslayer says:

        We are saved by God’s Grace and faith in His Son Jesus. Sinner or not in your mind, you cannot earn His salvation. Neither can you turn it aside. As a believer in Christ Jesus, you are saved whether you like it or not.

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      • Shalini, I cannot state anything with any better combination of words than Sharon has written RIGHT HERE. Especially her discriptions of “fear” when we are weakened.

        I too shall pray for our Fathers guidance and protection to rid your Mom of the fear. We are all subject to it, and it is most horrid when it impacts our loved ones.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Shalini….I will pray for your mother as well as you and the rest of the family. It also occurred to me that part of the problem could be the medication, or the combination and interaction of several medications, that could be causing your mother problems. Many of these medications have undesirable side-effects, such as depression and sleeplessness, that would weigh heavily on a person in ill health.

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      • Sharon says:

        Excellent point…..

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      • MRM says:

        Oh, that is a good point Ad rem.
        Shalini, I’m so very sorry you’re going through this and that your mother is so troubled. Adding my prayers to all the others for you, your mother and your whole family. May God’s perfect peace be with you all. xo

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        • YTZ4Me says:

          Shalini –
          It is so good to see you back at the Tree. I will add my prayers that comfort, solace and healing is brought to your beloved Mother.

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          • Shalini says:

            Thank you so much for all of your kind words and prayers! I feel so blessed to be among such a lovely group of people.

            Sharon,
            You have an uncanny knack for saying exactly the right thing at the right time, don’t you? 🙂 It’s almost as if you were here. Every time my mom looks at the fire in the stove, she wonders about purgatory! I read the Psalms every night to her before she sleeps and the quotes you’ve mentioned are few of my favourites. She’s amazed that neither me nor my dad or siblings seem to be afraid and ends up being hard on herself. But I know that the enemy attacks with a vengeance people who are closest to God and that’s why mom has been targeted so fiercely off late. My mom will survive because the God amongst us bigger than the enemy. I just want her to realize that. And I know Christ is the only one who can reassure her.

            I have to admit part of the depression is because of me and my brother. You see, being 28 and unmarried is sort of looked down upon in India. She feels I’d be left all alone and helpless after their time. Sigh! Our stupid culture! Well, I hope my confidence about my life rubs on her. She’s guilty I had to quit my high paying job so I could stay with my parents. It was a bargain I gladly made and I have no regrets. I am old enough to prioritize my life and yet seeing I am her last child she’s torn between seeing me just as a kid and the fact I am indeed getting older. Don’t ever mind the length of your comments. They are beautiful. Besides, as you can see, I have trouble keeping my messages short as well. 😀

            Ad Rem,
            That’s a very valid point and I have making sure to check on the side effects of her medication. I have been regularly badgering the doc to reduce dosages of medicine which might adversely affect her or demand alternate medications. I am pretty he’s not liking me all that much lately, but I can’t care less. 🙂

            stella,
            I hope I will be as fortunate as you were with your mom, considering my mom and I approx. have the same age difference you had with your mom. But then she’s fiercely independent (Even now, with all her various ailments, she insists on cooking her own meal), I don’t ever want her to ever be in position that she feels she has to be entirely dependent on me or my siblings. My parents are very proud kind. I am torn but I want what’s best for them.

            So much for keeping things to myself!! 🙂 Thank you, all of you!! You are all such precious people, my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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            • Ad rem says:

              Shalini….It’s almost 1 am here in So. California, but being of a feline nature, I’m wide awake. I want you to know that my daughter is 32, and has just become engaged. I kept hinting that she was maybe being a little too picky, but now that I see the quality of man she has said yes to… I know that she was of a correct mind all along. I have to learn patience. Tell your mother that 28 is not old, after all you will live a good long life and need to make sure you share it with the person that suits you best. God bless……

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            • ZurichMike says:

              A little late to this thread, but I am with Sharon on this one. We are in a spiritual battle, and demons from hell are preying on your mother’s weakened state to try to shake her faith. We need to protect her and beat the crap out these demons. But while all of our prayers to this effect are good, sometimes (and I say this as a Catholic) you have to call in the Big Guns to help intercede for a little extra help. Here’s a prayer to Saint Michael:

              Saint Michael the Archangel,
              defend us in battle;
              be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
              May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
              and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
              by the power of God,
              thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
              who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
              Amen.

              And all moms should ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother, she who is above the seraphim and offers powerful protection:

              Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary,
              that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
              implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
              was left unaided.
              Inspired by this confidence,
              I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
              to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
              O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
              despise not my petitions,
              but in Thy mercy, hear and answer me.
              Amen.

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    • AFinch says:

      Shalini–thank you for sharing your heart’s burdens with us. I join our other treehouse friends in prayer for all of you.

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  34. Sharon says:

    Our dear Menagarie has asked us to share a prayer request with the Tree: Just a few hours ago, her dearly loved daughter-in-law experienced the shock and sorrow of going to her own mother’s home to check on her, and found that she had passed away. The entire family is obviously in shock and struggling tonight. Please pray for that dear girl, who is a woman of faith, as well as Menagarie’s son, as he seeks to console and support his wife. We know that joy (even “fun joys”) and deep sorrow often mix, and that is our place here in the Tree tonight. Menagarie will share more with us as she is able to. We’re holding you before the Father, friend.

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  35. Menagerie says:

    I sincerely thank you all dear friends. Alex, my daughter in law is a wonderful young lady and she has so much to cope with right now. She and David have been married only three weeks, and as Sharon so wisely said, she will now combine the joy of being newly wed with the pain and shock of losing her mother. Her mother’s name was Collette, and she was a beautiful woman of great faith and she seemed to have great devotion to Our Lady. The few times we were together, we spoke, as mothers always do, of our children, and she shared with me how many times her prayers had been answered for her children when she cried out in dire need. I appreciate your prayers, and I also ask fellow Catholics among us to pray for the repose of the soul of Collette. Thank you dear friends. How much it means to come here and share burdens and find comfort and ease, knowing prayers are being sent our way. I also ask special prayers for Alex, as she carries her first child in this time of great stress and sorrow.

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  36. Sharon says:

    My older sister (almost 79) fell on Thursday evening, and lay on the floor with broken ribs for almost 24 hours before she remembered to push her life alert button. It’s only recently that her daughter was able to persuade her to make use of/have that. She has persistently refused to accept any support and regular contact from her children, and they have half expected that something like this would end up happening. Now that it has happened, they will be in a better position to perhaps bring some things into place to provide more safety and support for her. At the moment, she’s hospitalized, of course. Biggest immediate concern is niece’s 12 hours on roads tomorrow in cold and snowy country, as she goes there. Thanks for praying for this sparrow that has fallen:she’s so tiny and fragile.

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  37. Shalini says:

    That is scary and painful. Praying for your sis and niece, Sharon. I am late, I know… Has she reached safely, yet?

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    • Sharon says:

      I finally heard from my niece this evening, which was about what I expected. She’s a very conscientious and professional gal (in her 50’s) and I just knew that her week would be quite full, once she arrived at my sister’s town, in sorting through the situation. They have now determined she was on the floor about 72 hours, rather than 24. Her muscles were breaking down, and her kidneys were shutting down when she finally pushed her life alert thing. She is on a 20 day rehab track now at the hospital, and they are preparing to see if they can get admittance for her to a dementia unit in the region. Niece says it’s obvious she will never live on her own again. Very tiring, I’m sure, for my niece and discouraging as well. A discouraging, but expected, outcome.

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      • GFCandinthatorder says:

        Sharon,
        I am so sorry for getting here late and I assure you that your loved ones will be inmy prayers tonight. Thank you for asking and I pray that God brings you all His Milk and Honey this Blessed Christmas Season. Peace be with you all!

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Bless her for her efforts. And we will add you sister, you, and your niece to our prayers.

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  38. WeeWeed says:

    Tonight I pray for a friend at work. His family put him in our local hospice house…I went to visit him today after lunch and was surprised to see how normal he looks. Vitals, blood pressure, everything is normal, technically all is well. But it’s not. Love you, FP, and thanks for everything.

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  39. themadjewess says:

    Hi all:

    Pls pray for my Mom that she has a ‘come to Jesus moment’.
    As well as my hubby, who believes but has not yet had the born again experience!
    I would SOOOOOOOOOOOO appreciate this!

    Just this year, I brought 2 Orthodox Jewish friends to YeShua/Jesus and they LOVE Jesus, now.

    So, let that seep into your souls, that even hard-hearted Jews can come to Jesus!
    Merry CHRIST-mas!

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  40. Menagerie says:

    I have surgery tomorrow. I have put it off, and I am dreading it. Please pray for a good outcome and recovery. Thanks to you all.

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  41. ZurichMike says:

    With the rush of holiday preparation, I was delinquent in coming to this thread. I just wanted to share something with you people of faith. I came here this evening to ask for some prayers, but then I noticed the other requests and prayed for them, and now, having done that, I feel the prayer request I had was already heard . . . . Does that make sense or do I have a post-Christmas food hangover?

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    • MRM says:

      It makes total sense ZM – I’d guess it happens a lot around here. You are in my prayers as always and yours are felt. Having grown up Catholic but having taken a wandering path as an adult, I am always moved by your posting of the “old school” prayers we recited as kids. There is a comfort in “hearing” the words again and feeling the meaning behind them. Thank you.

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    • Perfect sense, ZM. Be at peace, Friend.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Sometimes I feel a similar thing. I like to stop in here and remind myself of our Treeper’s needs, and as I pray, I know I have been given such great gifts by our friends here. The gift of community, of faith, of sharing, but in the very act of praying for others, I am surrendering more to God. I always feel stronger. And of course, being human, I enjoy seeing the outcomes we post as well.

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  42. Menagerie says:

    Today my prayers go out for all our Treepers, including those who choose to remain silent when they visit our site. May we all seek God’s guidance and mercy in the coming year. I pray that God will use my prayers for the needs of each and every one of us, needs only He can discern.

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  43. lovemygirl says:

    I almost didn’t make it through last night. I’s hard to imagine how fragile we become with a major surgery. My brush dealt with an elevated bp/hr and who knew a blocked catheter could do that. I owe my life to a nurse named Sarah.I’m moving to a non ICU floor tonight and have rehab picked out near home so still looking good. I’ll give my opinion about the new self congratulatory generation who took my pain killing tool away because I was feeling no pain and sent my body into shock.. lve you guys and God bless.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Apologies for your comment being held up by the Spammer-bots. 😦 (Was it the same bots who messed with your catheter?) I hoped you hooted and hollered (or had a loved one who did) with force and got your paid meds renewed. Gentle hugs and prayers continuing to come your way…..as always.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I had an uneasy feeling I could not shake. Days after a major surgery complications or setbacks can occur. I’m glad you made it through last night. Be firm in getting your pain meds and you will be able to heal more quickly. Continued prayers are being offered up for you and your family.

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    • lovemygirl says:

      Ive you guys was meant I Love you guys. I’ll be moving any minute so I have to wait and see about internet access.If all goes well I’ll be in an intensive rehab unit by next week. It’s near home. Still not home but heading there one baby step at a time.

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  44. Ruby says:

    If anyone sees this I am praying for a miracle with my daughter who is very ill with lyme disease. She has serious brain infections which is changing her from a stubborn hard-headed hard-to-get- along-with personality to a total hateful, obnoxious, harder-headed, mean-spirited, absolutely impossible to help or give advice to, or to get any common sense through to–person. Her sick brain is not operating right and may not until her treatment kicks in to kill off bacteria of 4 chronic infections. I am her loving worried sick mother who has helped her a lot financially and was willing to help more on her medications and whatever she needed to figure out this financial/illness/no income situation, but she has mistreated and abused me to the degree whereas we are not talking at all now. She is impossible to converse with, will listen to nobody when it comes to loving helpful advice and has cut off communications with me. I have no family except her and she’s twisting the knife in my heart as hard as she can. I pray to die. Life should not be this way. It is so brief then gone. We have regrets to carry to the grave if we don’t get it right while there’s time. Pray that her brain would be healed and she will be able to see things in reality and be able to be grateful and appreciative of someone who loves her and tries to help her. Pray that she would be able to work and find a satisfactory job and then to be able to get along with co-workers and bosses. This illness makes her supersensitive to sounds and smells and that causes issues inside a business office. She has lost the past 2 positions she held due to inappropriate behavior and actions which are brought on mostly by the infections in her body. We need a miracle of healing of emotions and physical body. Help her please God. I’m 73 and all the stress brought on by her abuse and misbehavior is killing me. I can’t sleep and suffer from deep depression. Can’t talk to anyone. Thank you who care enough to say a prayer for us.

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