Nine lives, ninety-nine petitions
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord. Be courageous and wait on the Lord.”
There are days our hearts wake up heavy. Those days thoughts are not about self or the duties of the day. The mind wanders constantly. Distraction almost keeps us from doing our chores and forgetfulness of the present often leads to slicing a finger during the meal preparation. Today is one of those days for me.
I woke up thinking of the petitions that I needed to bring before my Lord. The supply that others are lacking. The need for God to intervene and lend us His supernatural aid.
1 The first person on my mind is my sister. Her recent bout with the influenza virus though undetectable by tests has led to complications. The weakness and fatigue that she feels has everyone who knows her concerned for her health and well-being. Times like these bring families together. Even if it is in distant messaging and phone calling. We are all pulling for her and desperate for God’s intervention on her behalf. Knowing what illness discouragement is like, makes me ache to shower her with love.
2 And because of her, I am drawn to the relationship of sisters. So my heart aches for my sister-in-law and her sister. Her sister has been battling cancer for four years now. Yet she courageously battles on. She lives each day viciously enjoying every detail in it.
3 The thoughts pull me towards relatives who have had to say goodbye recently. My cousin’s son has lost a half-brother in an unfortunate gun accident. The little guy was only three. Tears come quite readily when I think of this little one and his fifth-grade brother. My cousin’s son had his own brush with death just a year ago. Pinned to a fence by a fallen horse, he lost his spleen. Because of the rupture, his life will never be the rough and tumble boy-hood that a typical child lives.
4 Typical life, makes me think of my husband’s physical struggle right now. Dealing with neck pain and numbness that travels down his right arm, has nearly debilitated his work pattern. Working a typical ten to twelve hour day has not been easy. The pain has kept him from good night’s rest and from comforts of all sort. Living with pain on a twenty-four house basis led him to seek medical attention. He really hates doctoring and such.
5 There are those whose lives are constant pain yet they manage to reach out to others anyway. My mother’s neighbor is one of those. Ex-military man, Mr. Red, (mom can’t remember his actual name, this is his nick-name) fought in Iraq and has had complications ever since. Deafness, and other illnesses have followed him ever since. Tomorrow they remove one of his kidneys because of cancer. He has no close family so a distant cousin will be his stand-by. She is a retired nurse. So many requests.
6 Distant relatives turns me to my calendar prayer list. Every day I pray for the people that have birthdays that land on the number day it happens to be. Today my sister-in-law is alone on the list. Yet as a young mother of three and married to my brother adds four more names to my pettioning. She is such a sweetheart. Planning for her sister’s first baby shower moves me on to more “first” moment prayer concerns.
7 My daughter is expecting her first this spring and the excitement has all the auntie-Bee’s a buzzing! Getting busy on that afghan I planned to crochet gets me to thinking this blog better get done and my fingers ought to get busy with that.
8 Bunny trail thinking takes me back to the cute pictures that my sister-in-law has sent of her littlest one. Considering nephew thoughts leads me to two other nephews of mine who need the Lord’s direction and guidance. The first nephew that was born in our family has a birthday the eighth month of the year, so that would be my sister’s boy. She is the one with the flu complications. He is so worried about his mother. And plans to fly back for her docto appointments. Though he is far away his desire to take care of his mother is very honorable.
9 The oldest nephew on the other side of the family has decided that his dear little ones need more family near them. So he has decided to take a job back in the area. The challenges of house hunting from a distance has them recalculating all the costs of their decision. Moving is not as easy a process when one has a family and responsibilities.
These nine people have a ripple effect of petitions that could keep me on my knees all day. But there are chores to do. One of my favorite Bible characters is Esther. Study of her life in the book of her name in the Old Testament is one of my favorite things to do. She had a passion to save her people. So rather than hiding in a closet for three days before she went to the King with her plea, she fasted and prepared a meal of epic proportions. Her prayers, plans, and petitions worked. The King accepted her request to attend the meal she was preparing and her plea to save her people was heard. Being active while we pray is perfectly okay. So while I go out to cool down my geo-dome greenhouse on this warm sunny day, may God hear my prayers for theses dear people.
This project I did last fall after my rib was broken, is the start of a favorite pattern study. It is called “Ripple In the Pond.” Every person that ever exists has a ripple in the pond effect on all the people who know them, and on some who don’t. Yesterday my daughter’s boss was sharing with us the book that he recently read about Hugh Glass. His life had a huge ripple-in-the-pond because of his life as a sea captain, military service, and exploration of the Old West (early 1800’s). It brought this crochet pattern back into my mind as I considered these nine people.
Every one has their own list of family, friends, and acquaintances. May you have such a ripple blessing on the pond of their lives.