(Weds., Nov. 19, 2008; 12:45-1:30 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart, Scott Underhill and his friend — David Bayer of St. Michael’s in Colonie.)
a–indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t–indicates received one of Torre’s wooden crosses.
c–indicates took one of our yellow/green cards.
Note: Cut the Table time period a little bit short today; it was very cold and windy. The weather did not stop people from coming, however. Wide spectrum of folks who did and did NOT want prayer.
a,t — SHERRY — Asked for prayers for her back problems and for complete healing from recent incident when medication for her back reacted badly with other medicines she was taking; it caused her to be short of breath and scared her! We prayed also provision and protection for Sherry, as well as for her family. (She has seven children.)
STEVE — Prayed for him and his son, Steve Jr., to be provided for and protected in these hard times and in this often dangerous locale.
t,a,c — DAYA — This has only happened a few times in the last 11 months — a person driving by saw the Prayer Table and pulled over and stopped for prayer! Praise God!!! She said, “I have seen you guys out here before and today I was HOPING you would be here. I really need prayers! Thank you, God!!” DAYA said she is facing serious court problems and is scared that she may be sent to prison for something she says she didn’t do. She is afraid not only for herself but for what could happen to her children if she is away in prison. We prayed for her to be at peace, that God knows all the details and is making sure that justice is done and that, whatever happens, her family will be protected. (Scott believes that this was NO coincidence– that we were there not only for Daya when she needed God but also that his visiting friend, David, could witness this incident and see how valuable and powerful a force the Prayer Table is!)
t,t — JOEY — This man was looking for his friend, JACKIE. He said she is a friend and not a girlfriend. She was supposed to be there to meet him but she has not shown up and he is worried about what might have happened to her. Pray for Jackie to be found — not only by Joey but by God.
t,c — BOB — Here is a man who stopped rather reluctantly and said, “Sure, why not?” when we asked if he wanted prayer. But as we talked, Bob confessed he has a serious problem witrh alcohol and he wants to be freed from it. We urged him to go home and pour whatever alcohol he has around his home down the drain and to ask God to help him refrain from buying and drinking any more alcoholic beverages. He said he has been trying to stop and has gone to NA meetings in our church but he can’t kick his addiction. Pray for this man. He seems very sincere. He was in tears by the time we were done.
ED — This man bluntly and completely refused prayer, but we ask you to pray for him anyway! He rides a mechanical chair and he was on his way down State Street toward Swan. He rebuffed our invitation with, “I don’t believe in God!” Scott countered by telling Ed that God still believes in him. We got up from the Table and approached him again but Ed got quite upset and angry. He snarled, “Like your God, I REFUSE to bow down to a lesser being!” (Alan later spoke with one of the earlier visitors to the Table who knows Ed personally. This person said Ed was recently bitten by a spider and it has made him quite sick and disagreeable, and Ed is apparently taking all this out on God. Pray for Ed to be touched by God’s mercy and intervention, despite his alleged unbelief. Pray for healing for Ed.)