Polio in Syria

March 27, 2014

From the BBC: Destroyed sewage treatment plants, no clean drinking water, limited vaccinations. Polio, which was once eradicated from Syria, has now returned.

2 Samuel 4:4 (NKJV)
Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.

O Father,
Did not King David treat Mephibosheth, the heir of King Saul, with mercy? Did not Jesus die for all mankind? Have mercy, Lord! Have mercy.
The children in Syria have fallen because the fighting forces have killed their families and destroyed their homes, sanitation, and food. Have mercy, Lord! Have mercy.
Come with a strong hand for the children of Syria. Feed them like a shepherd feeds his flock. Gather the lambs with Your arm and carry them in Your bosom. Spare the children from this dread disease. Amen.
Isaiah 40:10-11

Mark 6:30-46

March 27, 2014

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:30-32)
      Bless the clergy retreat of the Diocese of Albany. Help them, Jesus, to have a quiet time apart with you. Refresh them and give them rest. Thank you.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:33-34)
      Jesus, thank you for your compassion on the multitudes who are like sheep with no shepherd. Teach them; feed them with your word.

When the day was now far spent, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:35-37)
      Holy Spirit, please help us learn to turn to Jesus to supply food for the hungry and provision in the desert places.

But he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fish he divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. (Mark 6:38-42)
      Father, please help us learn to look up to you to supply our needs as Jesus did.

And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. (Mark 6:43)
      Jesus, gather up the fragments of my life so that nothing is lost.

Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. (Mark 6:44-45)
      Thank you, Father, that with Jesus, your provision is more than enough.

And when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:46)
      Holy Spirit, teach us to pray, both before and after you have provided for us. We need those times of prayer just as much as Jesus did. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me for help in your sorrow. Lean on me and not your own understanding.

Thursday: [83] or 42,43 * 85, 86; Gen. 46:1-7,28-34: 1 Cor. 9:1-15: Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 95* & 88 * 91, 92; Gen. 47:1-26: 1 Cor. 9:16-27: Mark 6:47-56

Albany Intercessor

Syrian chemical weapons

March 27, 2014

From The Washington Post blog:

Since the start of the year about half of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons have been shipped out of the war-ravaged country, with vessels from the United States, Norway and Denmark ferrying consignments to several European locations hosting special land-based disposal facilities.
The most contentious part of the project, however, includes a plan to neutralize some 20 tons of mustard gas and neurotoxic agents in international waters between Gavdos, a tiny island off the shore of Crete, and Malta, on board a 648-foot U.S vessel acting as a mobile station for destroying chemical weapons. Under the international agreement, Russian naval vessels have been enlisted to guide and mind the sea-based destruction on board the U.S container ship MV Cape Ray — a part of the project that has been call off for the time being.
If the sanctions that Washington recently imposed on Moscow intensify, experts warn that the added strain in U.S-Russian relations could impact how Russia will chooses to influence — or not — what Syria does the rest of its chemical arsenal.

Father, we thank You that approximately half of the chemical weapons have been moved from Syria. You are our strong deliverer.
More, dear Lord. Move more, we pray. Amen.

Previous prayers here.

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