Father Nigel Mumford

December 31, 2009

Psalm 73:26 (Young’s Literal Translation)
Consumed hath been my flesh and my heart, The rock of my heart and my portion [is] God to the age.

Dear Jesus,
Nigel’s strength has been sapped and his flesh denuded. Yet You are his strength. Cast the hem of Your mantle over him. Clothe his spirit in righteousness and humility. Restore the balance between the ventilation and perfusion in his pulmonary parenchyma, and clothe his lungs in soundness. Clothe his skeleton with increased muscle mass. Clothe his bedsore in skin. Clothe his heart with joy. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are his portion now and forevermore. Amen.

Interesting observation

December 31, 2009

Of the many Bible stories that take place on a road, there is no mention of a bridge. The Romans were the first to build large stone bridges, and several were built in Israel and the Middle East. I don’t know if they predated the life of Jesus or not. I find it interesting that there is no mention of even a small wooden bridge.

Revelation 21:1-6

December 31, 2009

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (Revelation 21:1)
      Lord Jesus, we ask for your renewal of the earth.

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
      Holy Spirit, prepare us, prepare your whole church for the coming of Jesus, the bridegroom.

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them and be their God. (Revelation 21:3)
      Thank you, Father, for making yourself known to us. Come and dwell daily in our hearts and minds. Thank you.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

Then he who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And he said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5)
      Jesus, please write your word on our hearts.

And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” (Revelation 21:6)
      Spring up, O Well, for we thirst for you!

      Lord, there is a river which refreshes the city of God; send that river through this diocese. Thank you.

Dec. 31: –; 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17; 5:7-11; John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Revelation 21:1-6
Holy Name: 148; Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12; Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 1:18-25

***** Some of our grandchildren at Christmas:
Natasha, Simon, Torre, and Noah

Albany Intercessor

New heavens & a new earth

December 31, 2009

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

O Lord,
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. Bring Your kingdom to _______ county as it is in heaven. Amen.
Psalm 73:25

Land of the living

December 30, 2009

Psalm 27:13 Amp
[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!

Oh, exuberant earth! You testify of God’s glory.
Land of the living
–home to all creatures,
–bearing crops birthed in patience,
–sharing the riches of minerals,
–holding footprints of the evangelists,
–bathed in the prayers of the saints,
–soaked in the blood of the martyrs,
–and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.
O happy land that shows us God’s goodness.

Psalm 23

December 30, 2009

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for your faithfulness.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Jesus, thank you for directing our lives.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
      Holy Spirit, please come with your restoring power on the people and parishes of this diocese.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Father, so much that seemed solid and enduring in the Episcopal Church is dying away; guide us and discipline us day by day.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Jesus, thank you for the Eucharist; thank you for the anointing of your Holy Spirit.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      Father, thank you for the hope that you have placed in our hearts.

Dec. 30: 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 3 John 1-15; John 4:46-54
Dec. 31: –; 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17;5:7-11; John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Revelation 21:1-6

Albany Intercessor

2 John 3-7 and Update on Fr. Nigel

December 29, 2009

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. (2 John 3)
      Father, please let you grace, mercy, peace, love, and truth flow through this diocese.

I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. (2 John 4)
      Father, help all of us receive your commandment to walk in truth.

And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. (2 John 5)
      Holy Spirit, help us love one another in this diocese: overcome our divisions with your love.

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. (2 John 6)
      Jesus, help us love one another as you have loved us.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 7)
      Jesus, protect us from all deception and help us daily confess who you are: you are the Christ, the son of the living God.

Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11
Dec. 30: 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 3 John 1-15; John 4:46-54

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Monday 12/28/09
      Fr. Nigel continues to improve, although it is in miniscule amounts, again much like a mustard seed. His mind is far ahead of his body in his recovery. He is extremely uplifted emotionally to be home with Lynn and Megan, but he is frustrated at his lack of strength and stamina. Walking from his room to the living room saps him of his strength. He is amazed and frustrated about his lack of strength in doing even menial tasks. As an example, he enjoys sitting in his recliner, but doesn’t have the strength to get out of it, so he has to call Lynn. He has gone back on the oxygen and is using a tube under his nose which is very manageable. He continues in some pain from the bed sore. He is spending much time in prayer and reflection.
      Lynn is pleased to have him home and not to be driving over an hour each way to and from the rehab facility each day. She can attend to Fr. Nigel’s needs easily at home and help him with his continued rehab and exercises, etc.
Please pray for:
*      Continued healing of his lungs so that he can breathe on his own
*      Building up and strengthening of his muscles
*      Refueling of his energy
*      Complete healing of his bedsore and relief from the pain of the bedsore
*      Deep peace while he communes with our Lord
*      Please also continue to pray for peace and stamina for Lynn and Megan as they nurse him back to health.
      We thank you Lord for your healing touch on your servant Nigel, and we rejoice in celebration at the birth of your Son, our Saviour Jesus, and the rebirth of Nigel. Thank Your Lord Jesus.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update — Monday, December 28, 2009
To Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors—
      Plans are moving forward for our Seventh Welcome Home Initiative, January 25-27, 2010 (note the new date), led by Bishop Dave Bena and Lt. Col. Noel Dawes with the hope that Fr. Nigel Mumford may join us for some portion of the program. We have a handful of reservations already for this WHI and ask your prayers for a full complement of warriors and families to attend, as God’s grace provides.
      If you know of a combat veteran of any war who might be interested in this retreat, direct him to our website at http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/. Further dates for the Welcome Home Initiative in 2010 include May 24-26 and November 8-10.
      We also ask your prayers for financial provision for this ministry in 2010. God has been gracious in providing the means to offer healing retreats free to combat veterans through generous donations. The Welcome Home Initiative, in common with many ministries in these recessionary times, faces a financial challenge in the New Year. Pray that the generosity of so many will continue and that the Welcome Home Initiative will increase in its effectiveness and ministry to veterans as we move into the new decade.
      Fr. Mumford’s Recovery:
      Praise to God for infinite mercy and thanks to all of you who have responded to Fr. Nigel Mumford’s medical crisis with fervent prayer. Father Nigel returned home last week for the first time since entering hospital in October – a joyous Chrristmas gift to family and friends and all who love him.
      Over 1000 intercessors from around the world responded to the Diocese of Albany’s call for prayer with many others praying from the several blogs which reprinted the Diocesan Intercession updates. Canon Andrew White even wrote that prayer was being lifted for Fr. Nigel at services in Baghdad three days a week.
      It is confirmed now that Fr. Nigel succumbed to H1N1, nearly losing his life to the secondary pneumonia which followed. He was in ICU about 48 days, most of that on ventilation in a medically induced coma, but has been released now to outpatient pulmonary and physical rehabilitation.
      Fr. Nigel is working to recover from the muscle loss which was a result of lying motionless for so long and struggles with a painful bedsore which may require further treatment. Prayers are enjoined for the speedy healing of the bedsore, for complete healing of his lungs, and for steady progress in regaining strength for day-to-day activities.
      Fr. Nigel has written, “A HUGE THANK YOU to all who have been praying for me. There was a night when the doctors told Lynn that they couldn’t do anything more for me. That was the night the special request for prayer went out. There was a huge Tsunami wave that washed over me and that is why I am here today.”
      May God’s blessing be with each of you this Christmastide and in the New Year. As you enjoy holiday celebrations with family or friends, remember the sacrifice that others have made that you might have the freedom to enjoy the simple pleasure of home and hearth. If you know of a combat soldier struggling with issues of return to civilian life, say a prayer and then invite him to our first Welcome Home celebration in the New Year.
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

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