Monday Morning Confessional – Praying for Matt Nagel


I confess that my friend & Paperback Theology reader Matt Nagel had a stroke on Sunday while running with friends. After two surgeries he is fighting for his life at KU Medical Center while his brain swells far beyond the point of significant risk. I confess that I am heartsick. I confess that I will spend the day praying for Matt, Molly & their family, as well as the Hope Center Family. I confess that I hope you will pray with me, too.

I confess that when I feel like this I return to the prayers we have been taught to pray by the saints who have gone before us. This is The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayer for Recovery from Sickness:

Oh God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers and grant to your servant Matthew the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Matt’s caring bridge site is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kcmattnagel

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  • Martha & I will be praying for Matt.

  • So now we hope in the resurrection.

    Please be praying especially for Molly & Harper on what has to be the trial of their lives. Pray for Matt's family, and for the Hope Center family. While we're at it, we should probably pray for ourselves as well, that we will follow Matt's example and seek the peace of the city and the welfare of the poor.

    Protect us Lord, as we stay awake. Watch over us as we sleep. That awake we make keep watch with Christ, and asleep rest in his peace. Amen.

  • I found your blog by googling Matt's name…people had come to my blog the same way, so I was curious what else was out there. I didn't know him well and my contact with him had been over a year ago, but I was heartbroken for him, his family, and all who knew and loved him when I found out what happened.