(Weds., March 11, 2009; 1-1:40 p.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Scott Underhill and Deacon Alan Hart. Note: Very lovely day; a bit breezy but warm — around 40 degrees. Lots of foot traffic today, which meant quite a few people stopped for prayer but quite a few, sadly, also declined.)
t–received wooden cross Torre Bissell gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
BILL — This very friendly man has stopped before and also, I will never forget, came up to me after one of our funerals this winter at Christ Church after removing his hat as the casket passed in front of the corner where he was standing. He came up and told me he was sorry for us all. Today, Bill asked for prayer for his friend, MATT. Matt is traveling to the West Coast where he is about to become a policeman at a city there. Bill asked for prayers for safety and provision for his friend.
t–KRYSTAL and her daughter SHEKINAH — We nearly witnessed a horrible accident involving these two pedestrians. They were crossing State Street after coming out of the corner convenience store. Halfway across, a car in the first lane stopped to let them pass, but a driver speeding along in the inside lane was NOT slowing down and apparently did not see them. We were shouting in horror at what we thought was certainly coming. But … the driver stopped at the LAST second and the mother and daughter were spared. Thank God!!! When they reached the Table, Scott insisted they get prayers for thanks, and Krystal nodded. (She knew how close it was!) She wanted prayers for safety for all her children.
t,t,t — JOHN — This young man is a repeat visitor. He was riding past on his bike and stopped. He wanted prayers for his mother LOUISE, who has sugar diabetes, and for his father-in-law JOE, who has cancer of the kidneys. He did not want prayers for anything for himself.
(Man in a red coat) — This man did not stop but shouted to us as he passed, “Please pray for Barack Obama.” We did!
(Middle-aged man in a hurry) — He walked past swiftly but muttered to us, “I’d stop, guys … but I am on my way to a job interview. Gotta go!” We yelled after him that we would pray for him to have a successful job interview and that he will soon find work.
Note: AT this point, Scott told me about a verse he remembered from writings of Mother Theresa which goes something like, “Each of our lives are like a pencil in which are writing a love letter to God.” Sudden thought — What do you want to say to God with YOUR life? How is the letter going so far?
(The mailman) — We prayed for the mailman from a distance to be safe as he goes door-to-door.
(We prayed for a Fire Rescue truck speeding past us as traffic was stopped. We prayed that the incident would not result in lost lives or personal harm to anyone.)
t–RALPH — The “special” one of the day. Ralph is a homeless man who is in the midst of a run of horrible luck. Recently he was hit by a car on Central Avenue and injured his ankle, shin and knee. He was on his way to a doctor’s appointment to have the injuries checked. He also was robbed last night at a local motel; the thief stole his cellphone and some money. At least he was not stabbed and/or killed. We prayed for Ralph for a variety of things for quite awhile. He hopes to eventually get to North Carolina to live with his mother.
LESTER — You all know Lester by now. Today Lester appeared to be avoiding us on the other side of the street and did not stop. We prayed for him to be freed from his addiction to alcohol. (He was not walking well this day.)
(Young man walking past) — This man did not stop for prayer, but as he walked past us he blessed himself with the Sign of the Cross. This was a new one to us.