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
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