December 18, 2009
Update on Fr. Nigel 9:53 AM
Today there is some wonderful news. Fr. Nigel has been told that the work that he is doing in PT and OT is being done well enough for him to plan to go home on the 23rd! THANK YOU LORD – AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS! He has walked far enough and long enough, he has been climbing stairs, and he has been working out his hands, arms and legs to meet the criteria for release. His drive to get better and get home has been extraordinary and he says that he can feel and is uplifted by your prayers. He has experienced a recurrence of dizziness when he is walking, which had disappeared for a few days. The only element that could be “a fly in the ointment” to his release is the condition of his bedsore – whether it is healed enough.
Please keep up your prayers for:
Immediate healing of the bedsore – the tissues, the capillaries and whatever else is involved
Continued healing of his lungs so that the oxygen level can be decreased even further and the trach can be removed
Healing of whatever is causing him to experience dizziness when he walks
Strengthening of his leg muscles to help with his walking and all of his muscles
Patience for Fr. Nigel as he continues to heal
Strength and peace for Lynn as she continues to walk this path with Fr. Nigel
Praise and Glory be given to our Lord who has answered all of our prayers in so many ways. Thanks be to God!
From Beth Strickland
December 18, 2009
Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, (Zechariah 7:8 )
LORD, let your word come to the people of this diocese.
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother.'” (Zechariah 7:9)
Holy Spirit, give us hearts of mercy and compassion to our brothers and sisters throughout this diocese. Teach us the meaning of true justicek.
“‘Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.'” (Zechariah 7:10)
Jesus, we ask you to provide for the widows of this nation and those who have to depend solely on Social Security. We ask for your mercy and provision for the children caught up in the foster care system. We pray for the aliens (legal and illegal) and the poor among us that we will have hearts of compassion towards them. We ask you to end the civil war in the Episcopal Church which pits brother against brother. Help us remember your command that there shall be one law for both the native born and the foreigner in our midst. Thank you.
“And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)
“You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 24:22)
Holy Spirit, write these commands on our hearts.
Friday: 51; Zechariah 7:8-8:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Matthew 25:14-30
Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zechariah 8:9-17; Revelation 6:1-17; Matthew 25:31-46
Notes from the Front Line
***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.