Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Prayer Requests

Friends of Faith:
Our prayers today are of continued thanksgiving for all the blessings have received: from God in a beautiful rainbow to start Thursday, along with the mass Scripture which spoke to us of how and why we are called to adversity, and the hope he graces us with; to the many blessings we are receiving from each of you in support by cards and emails, hands, prayers, food and a willingness to be there whenever we call.

We would also ask your continued prayers that the insurance and fire marshall/adjuster would finish their investigation fairly and quickly so that we can begin removing contents from the building and again for patience for us and for our customers.

Many of you have asked how we are doing and how we are doing this: The following is a message I received, before it my reply to her. In actuality this applies to all of us, every day, and for every reason, and speaks exactly as to both hows:

Dear Uncle Stan and Aunt Charlotte,
I was reading my devotional tonight and it made me think of you guys and everything going on this week:
"Stay calmly conscious of Me today, no matter what. Remember that I go before you as well as with you into the day. Nothing takes Me by surprise. I will not allow circumstances to overwhelm you, so long as you look to Me. I will help you cope with whatever the moment presents. Collaborating with Me brings blessings that far outweigh all your troubles.Awareness of My Presence contains Joy that can endure all eventualities.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
—Psalm 23:1–4 nkjv
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
—2 Corinthians 4:16–17"

Know of my prayers for you- both of thanksgiving that you two continuously look to The Lord for strength and guidance immediately as obstacles come your way, and prayers for strength that you may continue to rely on God and trust His will completely. I will offer a rosary up for you tonight."

And my reply:
Thank you! That is perfect and exactly why we have been able to stay calm. I told Uncle Stan yesterday almost this exact thing....and wondered how anyone without faith would ever make it through life in general.... not even just in a catastrophe.
Thanks for the rosary. We know God is answering our prayers through Mary's intercession.
Love Uncle Stan and Aunt Charlotte
I won't post again until my regular Monday morning as we will be spending the weekend with Andy at the ordination of three of his classmates. Pray for the graces bestowed on them as new priests and for all of their spiritual mentors who guide them.
May you all be blessed by the grace of God as we are, in faith, in hope and in love,
Through Christ our Lord, Amen!
Charlotte & Stan


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