The Thanksgiving 2013 Share a Prayer

Some of you may recall last year’s Thanksgiving 2012 Share a Prayer, in which my readers asked for a prayer and also prayed for another. Let’s do that again this year.

If there’s something you would like someone to say a prayer about, leave your prayer request in the comments section below. Share as little or as much as you’d like. (And remember that you can leave your request anonymously by simply logging in with a fake name and/or email address.)

There’s one condition for your leaving your prayer request: You must also leave a reply to someone else who has done the same, telling them that you will pray for them.

You can leave a message that you will pray for as many others as you’re moved to, but you must pick at least one other person to pray for. (Ideally, you would first pick someone whom no one else has yet chosen: I don’t want anyone left without anyone to pray for them. :( ) You are invited to pray for as many people as you might.

Of course it’s up to you what constitutes a prayer. It doesn’t have to be a God-centered, Christian, or religion-specific prayer. Whatever your version is of sending to another love and hopefulness is perfect. (And you don’t have to—though of course you certainly can—say/write your prayer right here, either.)

So at least one person will say a prayer for you, and you will say a prayer for at least one person.

Then at 9 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Nov. 27—the morning of the day before Thanksgiving Day—I’ll write and publish my group prayer for us all (which will include a part about people who are estranged from their families). I’ll start praying over the requests and the writing of my public prayer at around 7 a.m. that morning. If you think of it, I’d appreciate your prayers and thoughts at that time. [UPDATE: my Wed. morning prayer is here. As I say in that post, please continue using this space to request and receive prayers for as long as you’re moved to. I’d love to see the prayer exchanges continue through at least Thanksgiving Day, since it’s often on the day itself that we find ourselves most in need of comfort and communion.]

Thanks for participating in the Thanksgiving 2013 Share a Prayer.

[Some people are also leaving and responding to prayers on the Facebook page of Unfundamentalist Christians. So of course feel free to drop by there and do the same.]

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter. If you shop at Amazon, help support John by entering the site through this link right here--Amazon will then send John 3-4% of the cost of anything you buy before exiting the site again.

 

  • Jennie Valentine

    I request a prayer that a few new children will join our congregation in the next few months so that the one we have will have some buddies.

    • Jennie Valentine

      I will pray for the next person who posts. :)

    • Jill Teer

      God our Father, I am grateful that there are hearts You are already working in. I pray that the folks in and around Jennie’s church continue to open their hearts and their doors to the work You are doing. May those who come find warmth, welcome, and peace. May the children with their innocent curiosity be encouraged. We know, God, that children are innately born with faith that there is good in the world, and I pray that Jennie’s church continue to be a place where Your grace is proven. Amen.

  • Jill Teer

    I’ll start. Please say a prayer for the general health and well-being of my 4 parents: 2 biological and 2 step-parents. I am lucky enough to still have all 4 with me. Their ages are from early 70s-early 80s. Thanks, and I’ll be watching for others’ requests. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    • Jennie Valentine

      I will pray for your parents. What a blessing to have them. “Holy One, we thank you for the guidance and love of those who have made family for us. Bless Jill’s parents with health and grace. Amen.”

    • Alliecat04

      Jill, it makes me happy to read that your parents are with you and that you appreciate what a blessing it is. I am praying for them to stay strong and healthy. May God bless and keep all of you and yours.

  • Roger Flyer

    I pray for our daughter Erin and son-in-law Ben who have been struggling with infertility. It has been so painful for them and I know they feel their pain is misunderstood.

    • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

      My pleasure.

      • Timothy R King

        I understand your anxiety and their frustration and will pray for all.

    • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

      This is such a tough, deeply personal one. Still praying.

      • Roger Flyer

        Thank you Elizabeth. Ben and Erin will be incredible parents.

  • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

    I want to continue the prayers for BJU students and alum. John’s letter and many commenters moved me.

    • mrsurak

      Absolutely!

    • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

      Yes…I’m with you. Praying for all of the gay kids who are being told they are distorted and unworthy of love.

  • satxdude

    I have been out of work since the grant that was funding it expired on 8/31. Finances are beginning to get very difficult. I was let go eight months before I became eligible for a 20 year pension…and at 59 years old this is the last thing I expected to happen. I have submitted well over 120 applications and resumes since last June and I have not even been asked to interview since September. I have never been unemployed before. Normally I am a very positive person, but I am having a real rough time with it now. I covet your prayers as we enter the holiday season.

    • http://gravatar.com/melaniefannin Melanie

      You are in my prayers! Praying for peace, joy, and the presence of family and friends for the holidays!

    • Jill

      I pray that your long years of service be recognized and honored in ways other than you’d expected, and that your needs be met.

    • Alliecat04

      Praying for you to have a blessed and joyful holiday season despite the tight finances, and praying you hear good news on the financial front.

    • JenellYB

      I so feel for you, it is bad enough to lose a job and be unable to find another. But the being let go just months before becoming fully vested in a pension, or those losing pensions as employers go bankrupt or “re-structure”, is one of the most devastating unexpected hits to anyone’s financial security that I know of. I’ve seen it happen to several, it happened to my own Dad, and it was terribly devastating to hm. I pray you strength and guidance getting through this hard time, and that you find the job you need.

      • satxdude

        Thank you so much. There are times I just feel numb. Further complicating things is that fact that I need to keep a check on my prostate cancer and my entire family has no insurance now. I am concerned that it might get out of control before I can get back on even Obamacare. There are only so many things a guy like me can do.I just do everything I can to try to remain calm, but that begins to wear on you after a while.

    • Camille Tindall

      Prayers for you and your family in your time of need. I am so sorry how unfair the job market has been for you.

    • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

      satxdud –
      I’m so sorry. I can only imagine your frustration. I’m praying for you tonight.

  • mrsurak

    I am planning on coming out to my parents next Wednesday. They are homophobic and conservative Christian, but I believe that they will learn to love and accept me. Please pray for me to be strong and brave and actually follow through with doing this.

    • satxdude

      You are in my prayers. God’s Grace is sufficient for your need.

    • Jill

      mrsurak, I would be honored to hold your prayer request in my heart, that you remain true to how lovingly and beautifully you were created, and that those who love you will continue to love you all the more.

    • Camille Tindall

      We are made in God’s image and I send you prayers and good, positive vibes.

    • Matt

      Definitely praying!

    • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

      mrsurak –
      I pray for your courage as you seek to bring your family into authentic relationship. I also pray for your compassion – for your parents and for yourself – as you walk this path together.

  • Jill

    I would like to send prayers to those who feel, or in some cases are, alone during the holiday season. That this time may instead make us all feel loved, appreciated, and guided.

    • http://gravatar.com/melaniefannin Melanie

      I second that! I would also add those who have depression or anxiety that gets heightened during the holidays. May God’s love and peace surround those folks even more!

  • Camille Tindall

    My name is Camille and I am asking for prayers concerning my health and my sexuality. Firstly, I am very obese and in the beginning stages of changing my overall outlook regarding food and exercise. I don’t want to have weight loss surgery because it terrifies me and it’s just something I don’t want to do. So far it’s been really hard and just some prayers and positive energy my way would give me so much confidence to continue this long journey of becoming healthy. Secondly, I identify as queer, meaning I am open to all people on the sexuality spectrum. Numerous times I have told my mother about this, but she always denies it and me and says its just a phase. It truly hurts my feelings, but I accept and respect her opinions/decisions because I love her. I’ve never told my father or brother, and the only people in my family who accept it are my younger sister and oldest aunt. If anyone could, just send prayers that one day I will have the strength and courage to completely come out to my family and that they will accept me for who I am.

    Thank you all for the love and support. Prayers going out for anyone who needs them. :)

    • Sarah

      I will pray for you, Camille! May your family dig deep and find the courage to look past their limiting beliefs and instead act from the deepest love of their hearts. And may you find strength and ease in your efforts to care for your physical body.

    • Alliecat04

      I’ll pray for your struggles with your health and weight. And off-topic, this isn’t the first time I’ve thought that John Shore would be a great place to meet diet buddies!

  • Alliecat04

    First, given that it’s Thanksgiving, I would like to give thanks for the John Shore community. Last year I asked for things to be just a little easier with my family, following my father’s stroke, and although his health is no better my family is starting to find a new normal, sometimes, off and on. Thank all you guys for praying for me and for being a light to the world.

    Which brings me to this year. My dad is having a really hard time of it. He’s mentally very confused and physically very weak. He has a hard time doing basic care for himself and it’s humiliating and awful for him – he used to be an Army officer and an engineer, now he can no longer read, and the other day he just became aware of his own inability to add simple numbers together. In addition he is still seeing little men who steal things. No amount of logic can convince him these aren’t real. His fantasy world is kind of fascinating to me and my husband, who never guessed he had such a vivid imagination just beneath the surface, and mostly his fantasies are benevolent – the other night he was convinced they were shooting a ww2 movie on location at our house – but they drive my mother literally berserk. She can’t handle it whenever he says something not reality based, and her reaction is to correct him harshly, which scares him. She’s also so, so tired. It’s starting to dawn on her that he will never get better. We’re all tired.

    Please pray for us to make it through this holiday season with strength and compassion for each other, for my mom to get a second wind from somewhere, and for my dad to know a little better quality of life. And for my husband and mother not to kill each other.

    • Christine McQueen

      Prayers going out for your family as I type this.

    • JenellYB

      I pray for all involved. I’ve been there myself. I pray those around your parents realize how much support, and how much it can mean to take over some of his care, to give mother badly needed breaks from it on a daily basis.

    • satxdude

      When I had active prostate cancer and was going through treatments, it did a lot of things to me. It affected my eyesight making it very difficult to read. It affected my memory and I made some decisions at work that were way out of character for me…this was several years ago. There were times when I would just burst into tears for no reason. Im past all of that now and doing OK. Since I have no insurance, I don’t have the ability to do a lot of things to be sure things are in check. I worry about it at times, Dads do that. The last thing they want to be is a burden causing problems for the family. Just be there for him. Let him talk and give him lots and lots of hugs. I can tell you fro experience that will help him more than anything else you can do.

    • Jill

      Hi Allie, I am praying that this holiday season is a restoration and renewal of your energy, of your family’s resilience, and of your joy. Even I write this, I think I don’t know if I possess the necessary to do what you are doing. And I give you credit for staying with your curious perspective (fascinated by your dad’s imagination), which I’m sure you know is not the easiest trait to cultivate during high stress. I see it as the difference between bending and breaking.

  • Christine McQueen

    First, my prayers go out for whoever needs them, for whatever is happening in their lives. As for prayers for me, just keep my mending shoulder in your thoughts and prayers that it continues to go well. The physical therapist just left and she says my shoulder is healing well – I just want the healing to continue.

    • Matt

      Absolutely I’ll pray about this one! Big or small, doesn’t matter–healing is always welcome.

  • JenellYB

    There is so much I am thankful for, and so much for all around me I could request prayer for.

    • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

      Prayers, JenellYB. My dad blasted me this morning for even implying I supported LGBT rights on my resume. I live near San Francisco. Frankly, it’s good marketing as well as what I believe deep in my heart. I can’t imagine facing that every day for years.

    • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

      Hi Jenell –

      If your friends look, they’ll see the same inappropriate behaviors exhibited by straight people (a lot more often because there are a lot more of you guys).

      In the spirit of John’s beautiful and edifying prayer circle, I pray that we can all remove the tissue of (false) beliefs about people that keeps us from seeing the image of God reflected in them. I pray that we can look in the faces of those with whom we have serious disagreement and understand their pain.

    • JenellYB

      I’m sorry, given these responses, thank you for your prayers, but I seem t have not conveyed well what the difficulties are that our families involved are facing in this.

  • Matt

    This year, I’d like to ask for prayers for my father. He’s been very sick for my entire life, but I think that we are getting close to the end. My parents are divorced, my only sibling lives thousands of miles away, and my dad has trouble making or keeping friends. So I’m probably the closest person that he has. He’s young to be facing the end of his life (mid-60s) and I can tell that it scares him. Frequent hospitalizations keep him from getting a job, and he can’t leave his apartment.

    My dad has done his best. I just want him to be out of pain.

    • Jill

      All my wishes for at minimum, an improvement of his quality of life, and at most, a full recovery, though I understand where things stand. All my love + hugs go directly to you.

    • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

      I don’t know what to say Matt. Your family is in my prayers.

    • peacepup

      Sorry Matt, you and he are in my prayers.

    • http://johnshore.com/ John Shore

      Praying for your dad, Matt.

    • nanbush

      I’m praying that your dad will find serenity, Matt, and that you have strength and peace as you go this last road with him.

  • Lirael

    I ask for prayer regarding a current situation at my home church. As many of you may know, Frank Schaefer (a Methodist pastor) was convicted by a Methodist jury for officiating his son’s gay wedding. My church is near Pastor Schaefer’s and many in our congregation know him personally. His story led my pastor to bring up the issue of homosexuality and the church’s response to it up for discussion. While my pastor is fairly open on the issue, much of the congregation is not. People have been throwing around damaging words and referring to gays as an abomination. As a closeted lesbian, I am very hurt by this type of conversation, but feel uncomfortable saying anything. I am praying now for discernment on how to act. I am reluctant to leave the church I was raised in, but feel so unloved right now. Thank you.

    • nanbush

      You’re being prayed for. My situation isn’t exactly the same but involves an unaccepting church situation–so painful! May I suggest that as even a one-time respite, you find one of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) near you. There is one in Mountville and one in Harrisburg. They’re mixed LGBT/straight, and oh, the liberation and joy of being in a loving and supportive congregation for worship! The church you were raised in will always be foundational for you, and you don’t have to walk away entirely; but you need something for now, also. I’m praying that you find your place here as well as in God.

    • Lark D Kephart

      Lirael, I will pray for you in the days ahead. I, too, am a United Methodist, sick at heart over the situation in the church as regards to gay marriage. I love my church, but I know that, if I brought the subject up with members of my congregation (I live in the deep South) I would be alone-or nearly alone-in my sincere belief that the Lord I am committed to welcomes all those who love each other, gay or straight. While I am not gay, I truly believe that our church should bless all marriage-as, indeed, society should. I can only imagine how hurtful this all is for you. Please believe that this Methodist supports you, believes in you, and does not want you to leave our common church. We have to work to bring about the change that is essential-else, the church will become archaic and irrelevant. God bless you, Lirael.

  • harrisco

    I ask for prayers for brokenness in my family. I also ask for prayers for discernment and strength as I continue to explore God’s leading about vocation and service. I feel called to work of reconciliation, but what does that look like?

    Many thanks to John and his band of smart, funny, faithful, compassionate readers for their gifts of wisdom this past year.

    • Marie Bat’el

      I’ll pray for healing in your family Harrisco. I am thanking God that you will know at the right time what the next right move is for you concerning your vocation and service in the world.

    • Jill

      Dear harrisco, I believe you and I pray for much the same things, and give thanks for the same things. This will be a shared prayer.

      • harrisco

        Many thanks, Jill. Your shared prayers and kind words made this cold, rainy day seem a good deal warmer. Blessings on your journey.

  • peacepup

    Need three prayers…#1 for FB friend Marquita who suffers with MS and has been having a rough time lately #2 For her sister Chanda who also has medical issues and fights depression often ans #3 for my daughter Michelle who has a very bad back and has relationship problems. Thank you. Will pray for any who desire it.

    • http://johnshore.com/ John Shore

      I’ll pray for you friend Marquita, her sister Chandra, and your girl Michelle, PeacPup.

    • http://gravatar.com/melaniefannin Melanie

      Thinking of you peacepup and all of your requests! Physical and mental issues are so tough and can be even tougher at holiday times. I pray for Marquita, Chanda, and Michelle. I pray that they are all (and you!) overcome with joy and peace for Thanksgiving. <3

  • Jennifer

    Ok, this is going to be a long post!! I am in China with my daughter who is going thru a VERY bad time. She lives & works here with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend has been “detained” by Chinese police for over 6 months now. He has done nothing wrong. I am away from the rest of my family – I have 2 other sons. My marriage of 30 + years has been crumbling for close to 20 years & I’m working up the courage to get out. Financially this will not be easy. I have 2 sisters & we are still trying to work out our Mom’s estate – she’s been gone for 10 years and there is quite a bit of tension over this, mostly between my oldest sister & my other sister. I turn 60 next month & am not sure how happy I am about that

    But on the bright side: my kids are the most fantastic, wonderful, loving 20 somethings in the universe! I had one Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday & have 3 more to attend with my daughter this week. I will complete 6 months apart from my husband next month (& I’m sure I’ll still be here), which is the requirement in my state for divorce. So, everything is not gloom & doom, but is quite difficult – it’s called life!!

    • Matt

      Trust me, we’ve seen much longer posts around here. No worries! How about prayers of support as you move forward from your marriage, prayers of safety and courage for your daughter and boyfriend (because what’s happening is scary!), and prayers of thanks for family? I’ll get right on it!

      • Jennifer

        Thanks so much, Matt. I will turn pray for everyone on here, because some folks are MUCH worse off than I am…….

  • Marie Bat’el

    My children and I are separated from each other this holiday season due to commitments that some of us cannot be free of. Also, there is a measure of emotional estrangement. I ask that the spirit of Christ, since all parties claim to be Christians, would prevail and healing would abound. I ask that addictions and hard hearts would be overcome. I especially ask for a spiritual force field around my precious grandchildren.

    • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

      Marie –
      I pray for the wholeness and peace of your family. I pray for healing from all addictions – physical and emotional – including any addictions to being right. I pray that your grandchildren are loved and unaffected by the discord of the adults on whom they rely.

      • Marie Bat’el

        Your prayer for my family is so beautiful. When I saw it today, I truly felt cared for by God and a glimmer of hope leapt in my heart. Thank you so very much.

  • Hannah Violette

    My husband needs a job…and needs it fast. So far, it’s almost like his applications are being ignored. His middle aged pride is wounded and local employers are missing out on a very experienced and dedicated worker. And my own anxiety regarding our current financial situation is not helping the situation, so please send thoughts of peace and rest in Divine Love to me, as well.

    • Terri

      Hannah, Prayers for you comfort and peace this holiday season, know that God works all things perfectly in his time and when you least expect it. Prayers for your husband in his continued seach for employment and the courage to not give up. May your family be richly blessed.

    • http://gravatar.com/melaniefannin Melanie

      I will be praying for you Hannah. I’ve been there and I know it’s so hard searching for work and not knowing how to pay the next bill. Stay strong and keep going. Your resilience will grow and your bond with your husband will grow as you rely on each other. Have a blessed holiday and I will keep praying for your family!

    • Inger Ostergaard Manchester

      Hannah, Your family is in my prayers. May your husband be richly blessed soon with employment that is soul filling and offers you financial stability.

    • whmail52

      I’ll be praying for you as well, Hannah. I know exactly how you and your husband feel.

  • Terri

    My wife and I need prayers, we have done much thinking and praying and are starting on the journey to adopt a child, maybe two. We know there are so many little ones out there that need good, loving families; it’s going to be a long process, she’s not always patient on waiting for God’s time, but we have seen the blessings he has poured out this past year so I know it will just take a little season. Love and thanksgiving to you all.

    • disqus_HtfUUohnfc

      I’ll be praying that it will be a painless, easy journey for you and your wife to adopt. I hope that you find the children meant for you.

    • Mom

      Our family had an adoption journey of some disappointment before the great joy of our son’s arrival. We will hold your family (now and future) in our love and prayers for faith, strength, and hope as the process-you-can’t-determine works out. We believe that when your child arrives, you, like us, will be grateful for every step and every hand that led to your child. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Gino

      I have been through this myself. My ex-husband and I began our journey with the hope we would find a 3 – 4 year old to welcome into our home. We intentionally chose the foster care system as our source because I had gron up in it. God brought us a 15 year old girl and we loved her as if she had been born to us. I will pray that God brings you the child(ren) that are meant to be yours and I will pray that God helps your wife with patience. She’s going to need it! :)

  • disqus_HtfUUohnfc

    I made a decision that I’m going to change my life for the better in 2014, and I would gladly appreciate any support people could give. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to accomplish my goals, but it would make me a better, more stable person if I managed all of them.

    And I could really use some stability right now, if we’re honest.

    • http://gravatar.com/melaniefannin Melanie

      I will be praying for you! It takes courage to decide to make a change to your life for the better and I commend you for it. I pray that God’s peace and love will wrap around you as you make these changes and become more stable as a person in those changes. You can do it! <3

  • Mom

    Please hold my dear son in your prayers. He’s a teenager, struggling as an adopted child with family identity and personal self-worth. We & he are blessed in his friend circle, his supportive church, his families, and his strong values. Still, he’s struggling and needs faith and strength to continue to search for good direction. We have faith that good will come, and are grateful that this group is now part of his journey.

    • Jill

      Dear Mom, I wish your family peace and your son to know his birthright as a child of God, that he is loved beyond human measure and understanding.

    • Diane U

      Dear Mom, I will pray for your son and your family. Blessings to all of you.

    • Gino

      Dear Mom – I will pray for your son and your family. I’ve been where he is. I understand what he is going through.

    • Judy

      Dear Mom
      I pray that you will find the words to help him, the perseverance to journey through sorrow that a mother feels when her child is in pain. . I pray that you above all will know that you are loved and that your son is loved.

  • Diane U

    Please hold my son, 24, in your prayers. He is brilliant, healthy, charming, good-natured, funny, and wonderful…and lost, bewildered, searching, immature, and lazy. He has been from college to college and job to job but mostly likes to stay up all night getting high, playing computer games, and whatnot. His dad and I are hoping he will soon find his passion in life and become motivated to work towards it. Please pray for wisdom for us to know how we should handle this also. Thank you all and thanks to John for this opportunity for us all to share our burdens with each other. Blessings to all!

    • Inger Ostergaard Manchester

      Diane, I will hold your family in prayer that your son finds his joy in life and that he recognizes the need to grow up. I will also pray that your family finds the strength to support him in a way that honors his independance yet demonstrates your love for him. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Timothy R King

    I am praying and requesting prayers for my daughter and her husband who are trying to become parents. They are in a complicated pregnancy and trying to make it through the 1st trimester Almost there 10 weeks along They will be great parents and with Gods love and your prayers I know this will happen.

    • Inger Ostergaard Manchester

      I am praying that God will hold your daughter and her husband and their unborn child close to God’s self. I pray that they will know Gods presence both in joy and in loss. And of course I will pray for a happy and healthy pregnancy and for your joy as a grandparent. Blessings for a joyful Thanksgiving!

    • Skip Johnston

      My daughter had several complicated pregnancies. Seems like a long time ago. Since then, she and her husband have blessed us all with two wonderful boys. I pray for the incredible joy all of you are about to know.

  • whmail52

    I am praying and requesting prayers for appropriate employment, for the forgiveness of my human failings, and for
    the restoration of the most loving relationship I have ever known, with the most wonderful woman on the planet (in my “unbiased” eyes). Thank you for joining my prayers, and thank you, Father, for hearing them.

    • Matt

      Praying for you, whmail.

  • Inger Ostergaard Manchester

    I am asking for prayers for my discernment over beginning a ministry for people with mental disabilities. I feel God may be calling me to this very needed area but honestly I have no experience with disabilities. Please also pray the God will surround me with those who have the knowledge and the experience to make this happen in a way that honors God’s will. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    • harrisco

      I double-dog dare you to do it! I guess I really should say I am praying for you–which I am happy to do, in the spirit of the blog–but my initial reaction to your post was, Go for It!! You want to offer compassion to people with disabilities, but you still seem uncertain about this call. Go for a test drive and see what happens. If God is tugging you there, the tug just will not quit.

      Experience you can get. You already have a more important quality, which is compassion. Some people have experience but no compassion. You have compassion but no experience. You can surely change that. Mother Teresa knew nothing of death and dying until she was called into the presence of dying people. She had compassion, though, and a call to serve–and that was what mattered.

      May God bless you on this journey. May God take you to unexpected places, where you may live out a call to serve God’s people.

      • Inger Ostergaard Manchester

        Thank you for the encouragement! You made me smile.

    • Skip Johnston

      I will pray that God blesses you richly through the people you’re about to meet.

      • Inger Ostergaard Manchester

        Thank you Skip!

  • Lark D Kephart

    I am asking for prayers for myself, alone, with no family, to find a new way to celebrate Christmas this year. I have no money to buy gifts. I pray for a truly spiritual Holiday wherein I find real inspiration in the miracle of the incarnation. Also that I may find a way to serve God’s people in my community in a new and helpful way. Thanks.

    • http://johnshore.com/ John Shore

      I’ll pray for you, Lark.

      • Lark D Kephart

        Thank you, John.

        • LuminousOne74

          I will pray for you Lark, I’m alone as well.

          • Lark D Kephart

            Thank you Akoua. And I will pray for you. May you be blessed this Holiday Season!

  • Bill Steffenhagen

    Please pray for my friend Matthew, in prison for his 6th DUI for a year yet. Wife is divorcing him and threatening to take his 7 yo son out of his life. Alcohol and drug history, mother divorced and alcoholic who gave him up to foster care for a time when he was young, despised by his stepfather, no contact with real father. Anger issues and has attempted suicide. He’s bi on the down low. Deep down a good man with a good heart who is hurting a lot and I seem to be all he’s got now and he says I’m the only person he trusts. He gave me power of attorney over his finances. We keep in touch. I pay for the phone service so we can talk several times a week. Help him with contacts and documents he can’t get done from prison. He lived and loved and wept with me for the month of January 2013 while he made efforts to hold some kind of life together, so I know his heart. Had a job and made efforts to keep his family together but after he found his own place and while I was in India, he drove drunk and under revocation again and got caught. I provide letters of advocacy for him to help mitigate the ill will and often false images aimed at him by legal entities and people from his wife’s side. He’s very intelligent and genuinely out of place in prison and the assaults on his spirit are hard on him.
    So I’m loving him and keeping him in my influence best I can but it’s such a tenuous hold…..I fear for him. Please pray for him. I can’t do it all.

    • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

      As a former drinker and world-class competitor in several other vices, I’m on this one. There but for the grace of God go I. Thanks for your generosity of spirit. Praying for Matthew.

  • Anonymous

    I hope my request can still be prayed over. Im asking a miracle prayer. Please lift Dwayne up to God. Call his name out. Ask God to touch that hard heart. I ask in Jesus Name, Amen.

    • mrsurak

      Praying that God will break through and do amazing things in Dwayne’s life!

  • Guest

    I am requesting prayer for myself. I am quite bitter this time of year and though I try to hide it I cannot and it bleeds into everything. I hate being alone but I have been for so long that I am not sure how not to be (I hope this makes sense). I have family and friends but feel so alone in all of it. Anyways please p[ray that the joy of my salvation get restored and that I try to focus more on others and not my own personal hell.

    • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

      Joy of salvation is hard to maintain, isn’t it? You aren’t alone. Fwiw, focusing on others helps me. It’s the route, not the result. Praying.

    • Lee

      Praying for you. I’d like to share this with you too (hope that’s ok John) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L8Rlv3qkbI

  • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

    Are we still doing this? A dear friend’s mother died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The funeral is 1 pm CST Sunday. She and her husband will be sitting shiva all week. (They’re Jewish.) He’s a fiery advocate against the death penalty and she’s in higher education. They are gracious and generous to everyone they meet. Thanks.

    • Matt

      I’ll pray for your friend and her family, Elizabeth.

      • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

        Thank you, Matt. My ex’s surrogate father figure is in the ICU, too, I found out. Deaths peak during the holiday season. It’s just begun. :(

        • Matt

          Don’t I know it. There is always plenty to pray for and about.

        • Alliecat04

          You better believe it. My husband’s grandmother died yesterday. It’s not just the season but also the seasonal illnesses. Praying for your ex’s loved one, and for your friend.

          And everyone out there, use hand sanitizer, wash up, get your shots, and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough! Maybe you can handle a cold or flu, but fragile old folks can’t always handle the cold you bring home to them.


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