Prayer and Praise

Hello, Friends.

As we enter into Thanksgiving week I’m reminded that feasts in the Bible were not one or two-day events, but rather week-long celebrations of God’s blessings and the joy of being His people. A week of singing, community, feasting, and celebrating! Doesn’t that make our one-day meal of thanks feel a little dismal? Why is it, do you suppose, that we settle for so little when it comes to celebration? Is it because we love work so much that we just can’t wait? Is it because, we, as a nation, don’t really know how to stop doing and simply be? I’m sure there are some of you introverts out there reading this and are very glad you don’t have to spend a week around other people, but yet I imagine something within you would long for that if you knew it was safe and joy-filled?
While I am uncertain that I can do anything to change our nation’s approach to Thanksgiving, I can turn my heart to be more aware of the Lord, His blessings, His people, and I can rejoice and be glad in it.

This is important, because Friends, we are seeing spiritual battles in many many ways. The enemy is very much at work to steal, kill and destroy. It is easy in the midst of a battle to lose sight of what is good and true. I’m going to list some prayer requests in a moment, and I ask that as you read them you will give thanks to the Lord for each person, and invite the Lord to be victorious in each and every one. Let us invite the Lord’s victory and kingdom into these through the name of Jesus!

Please join me in praying…

Jill’s nephew Dion, who has been in a major battle against Covid and was recently placed on a ventilator. Pray for him and his family.

Larry Wade, fluid on the lungs and complications from his COPD. Pray that Larry’s lungs will clear up, that damage to his heart would be limited, and that he would be overwhelmed with the goodness of God’s love.

Ryan Stimpson, one of our youth, shared about an issue with his mom that he is concerned over. Please join me in praying for this young man and his family.

A prayer request on communication card for Baby Ellie, a foster baby, who is severely malnourished and neglected.

Dave Mangum, a friend to all in Melba and a man of mighty faith in Jesus. He was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. Pray for him and his wife Pam, that we would see the goodness and healing of God in this situation.

For those who are experiencing loss. Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be difficult. We’ve had many losses this year (Scott Frost’s dad, Derek’s mom, Josh’s mom, my dad, and others). Pray that our eyes would be on the eternal timeline and the goodness of the living hope we are given through Jesus!

Also, praise the Lord for Andrea Billings’ recovery from Covid!