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Postby prmiller » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:03 am

For mithrandir111...on the Passing Over

What pain there is in dying,
what grief from all such loss,
is keenly felt by Someone
who bore more than a cross,
who lived from birth to dying,
endured Sin's searing pains.
No wonder heaven thundered
and cried out with its rains!

We also ache, but lesser,
for none but you can know
that sorrow that now stings you,
yet, by our prayers we show
how dearly we enfold you
in ways all heaven sees,
and we stand strongly with you
by taking to our knees.

Oh, little lamb, most precious,
you pearl that pain has made,
we pray that in this darkness,
warm light shall break your shade--
yet not too soon, for sometimes,
the grief we bear must be
another kind of lesson
to grasp eternity.

Blessings on you,
Parm :)
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Postby mithrandir111 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:02 am

Beautiful poem Parm thank you very much. :hug:
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Postby Gwenare » Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:39 am

Mithy: I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers during this time. :hug:s

Iris: When is your VBS? I've been praying for you in regards to VBS and your church too.

Dad has his bloodwork done today for his heart cath on Friday. Please pray for this. I'm trying not to worry, but that is one of my MAJOR weaknesses.

Also, continue to remember our VBS which started last night. We had 59 students. We also have had a large number of workers which is a major plus. :D That's the most students we have had in a long time for the first night. There are two other churches in our area having their VBSs this week too and another two way down the road from us. So please remember them too. We all have an enormous task this week while we work with these children and adults and spread the gospel. We're very excited about this! :D
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:33 am

Mith: :hug: for you and your family. :hug: :rose:
Quill: thanks. I chose to avoid the pastor's wife for a while...when I'd see her coming I'd change direction or turn and talk to someone. I just need time...On Friday one of my coworkers (from another office, but I still encounter her about once a week) chewed me out over something. Today didn't start out very well either. :roll: Sigh.

Gwen: we're not having Bible School this year because it was decided that they aren't very effective (this is just a thought, but maybe because they don't actually teach anything?) so we're doing evening events periodically.

Something cool, though...we're going to be having a canoe trip later this summer, and I'm already psyched up for it! :D
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Postby Gwenare » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:01 am

That's too bad Iris. :( So much opportunity during VBS. You are probably right about them not teaching anything. I'll keep praying for this situation. :)

:hug:s to you and you're in my prayers always :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: (includes a rather slobbery one from AJ ;) and a ketchupy one from Hannah :P
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:11 am

:D
Thanks, Gwen! *wipes ketchup* *returns hugs to kids* :D

I just keep thinking of when I was a kid and we did VBS, we had Sword Drills and learned lots of Bible Verses and stuff, and now they just seem to play games all the time. *sigh*
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Postby NyckS » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:19 am

Yeah, I was always enjoying the Draw Swords game... with trying to find Bible verses the fastest... that was lots and lots of fun. WE even had a league here with the First Baptist church.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:23 am

A league? cool!

We have Bible Quizzing in our church, I was involved briefly...long story. but the kids that participate get a lot out of it.
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Postby Vanaladiel » Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:22 pm

I just got a call from PARM requesting prayers:

He is going into the hospital with angina and it seems to be serious. He asks the we all pray for him and the doctors, in case that he needs surgery. The family is doing well but they could use our prayers still, since I know from experience that the family is probably in a bit of shock right now and feeling kind of helpless.

For those who dont know, angina is pain in the heart usually caused by a lowered flow of blood through inflamed or clogged arteries. It can be life threatening. So this is serious. Heart attacks are severe angina attacks.

Please keep PARM and family in the fore front of your prayers till we hear more.
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Postby MithLuin » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:23 pm

I would like to request prayers for a rather gruesome situation. So, please do not read if you are squeamish.

My sister is a nurse in Honduras, and she lives at a girls' school there. One of the 12 year old girls was walking home with her brother when they were both murdered with machetes. I don't know why, but obviously this was a terrible thing to have happen. They were their parents' only children.

Please pray for Jenni, her family, the girls at the school, and everyone in the community who is affected by this. It is a small town, not a city, so something drastic like this is (thankfully) not the norm. But still, it is horrible and shocking. My sister knew this girl...
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Postby Elladan_Elfhelm » Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:57 am

Good morning everyone.

I am praying for all of you.

mithrandir111, prayers for you and your family in the loss of your granddad. :hug: May God comfort you through this.

Prayers for you Iris with your church issues. Trust in the Lord there and keep the faith.

Nycks and Quill, prayers for you too.

Vana, thanks for that info on Parm. Keep us posted if you hear anything else.

Parm, we are praying for you brother and your family!!

Heavenly Father, I praise You and lift You up today. You are God alone. You are Alpha and Omega, and You are our Creator and Father! I come to You on behalf of our brother Parm and his health. May Your grace be upon him and his family, and may You guide the doctors as they treat him. We pray for healing for Parm, and strength for his family through this. May you anoint him with your Holy Spirit presence in place of our inability to be there with him at this time. I live Parm and his family up to You at this time, and may You bless and keep them.
In Christ's name I pray, Amen!

I love you all!!

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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:58 am

Prayers for Parm, certainly...and that family in Hondoras...how horrible!! :(

Vana...do you have an address for Parm? If you do, I'll post my email address so that you can send it to me.
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Postby prmiller » Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:25 am

Arahn:
Posting for Parm: Lots to praise the Lord about.

1) No surgery is necessary.
2) There is something called arterial plaque, so Parm will need to change
his diet and get more regular exercise.
3) More tests are due in. The ones done so far look very promising.
4) NO one is ruling out angina, but a surprising development has occurred:
there could be some kind of pinching or pressure on the cervical nerve in
the neck. The doctors said that this 'mimics' symptoms of angina.
Parm will be working with a therapist to correct any possible misalignment of
the cervical bones.

Parm is resting at home now.
We are all, too.
It has been a real rough day.

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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:38 am

Oh, Parm, I'm so glad to see you here!!!!!!! When I read Vana's post it was all I could do to keep from crying (I'm at work, you see, and I don't know how I could have explained myself!) but tears were still shed.

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Edit to correct that is isn't parm speaking, but I'm close enough.

Hug for the Parm family!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby GwenElf » Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:30 am

:hug::hug::hug::hug: for Parm!!!!! Glad to hear that things are looking promising!! :hug::hug::hug::hug:

:hug: and prayers for your sister and all involved, Mith. :( What an awful situation... :hug:
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Postby Elladan_Elfhelm » Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:28 am

Arahn, thanks for that update!!! Praise the Lord that he is doing okay. :) Give the blighter a big :grouphug: from his family over here. :) Please keep us updated, and yes hopefully there will be no need for surgery.

Mith, prayers for your sister and those effected by this horrible act. :( That is just awful.
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Postby Gwenare » Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:30 pm

Mith: That is just terrible. :( My prayers are with your sister and the whole village.

Parm: :hug:s You and yours are in my prayers as always. I'm glad that you will not need surgery. Praise the Lord. :) We will keep you in our prayers and your family as well.

Thank you Arahn for giving us the update. Please keep us informed of our beloved Bard's condition.
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Postby prmiller » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:04 pm

This is Parm.
From my pillows.

What a day!
So many tests!
So much to repent...
the midnight cookies
(why eat one, when there
are...more than one.)
the Kentucky Overly-Fried Chicken
McD...you know the rest.
If my body is a temple,
I was treating it like a...closet.
Oh, this will go in here!
And this!
Why not this?
Until...all filled, doors opened
all my secrets tumbled out.
The undoing is far more grievous
than the doing
The healing is far more laborious
than the hurting.
While I blush, heaven looks stern,
but not so stern
that in its eye, there is a tear
at the sadness of it all.
Here among you, but oh!
Much less
and hopefully
full of the more,
the better more
the best more
the right more.
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Postby MithLuin » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:31 pm

:happydance:

PARM!! So good to see you!

(I'd say *tackle*glomp*hugs*, but I suppose that isn't appropriate in your current state.)

I am so glad you are well enough to visit here, and I know it must be terribly embarrasing to be a patient, but we are so glad you've made it back! There will be time enough for lifestyle changes tomorrow. (Too bad TORc doesn't help with diets or exercising...but at least here all our chocolate is virtual!!)

And I probably shouldn't post, just to let others see your name here, but I am so happy to see you back that I'll just hope they find it anyway....

And thanks everyone for your prayers for my sister and the community. It is much appreciated.
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Postby striderchick » Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:11 pm

Parm! My gosh, I'm so sorry you've had this scare. I'm glad you're at home to rest. You are well loved. We'll continue to pray for you the changes to your eating habits, and exercise. Blessings.


Many apologies for the lack of length in my post.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:12 am

PARM!!!! Oh, so good to see you! :hug: :hug: :hug: :yippie:
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Postby Elladan_Elfhelm » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:21 am

Good morning everyone.:)

Parm, its great to see you in here! :hug: Take care of that temple of yours my friend. Your trouble may be food, mine is sleep. I really need to get more. :P We love you brother, and we are praying for you and your family.

Mith, Striderchick, and Iris, I hope you all are well, and good to see you too. :)

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Postby Gwenare » Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:05 am

Parm: Mega :hug:s to you (slobbering ones too ;)) It's so good to see you. You're in my prayers always. :) We love you!
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:27 am

I just wanted to post a reminder that today is the anniversary of the 6 Day War of Israel vs. Jordan in 1967. I just read something about it and wanted to share this: The nation that blesses Israel will be blessed, and the nation that curses Israel will be cursed. The Romans 2000 years ago intended to destroy Jerusalem and all the Jews...where are the Romans now? And where are the Jews? :)

The article I read also pointed out that 40 years is significant in Biblical prophesy. Hm.
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Postby prmiller » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:07 pm

So what shall come of all these Jews?
What glint in history, what news?
Have they not added to our wealth,
brought hope to millions, yes, and health?
Blest by the blessings God bestows,
though storms about assail this rose.
Esteem them well, and daily pray
that soon may hasten that great day,
when what was lost may be restored
and bring the Great Day of the Lord.
May we, the wild branch grafted in,
who watch the Spirit's fruits begin,
thus pray for Gentiles, yes, and Jew,
that all may know that Life that's new.

Bright blessings,
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Peace in Jerusalem,
Parm :)
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Postby Gwenare » Thu Jun 07, 2007 6:18 am

HUGE praise report!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night during a VBS service, our niece was saved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Thu Jun 07, 2007 6:26 am

:happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:
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Postby Elladan_Elfhelm » Thu Jun 07, 2007 6:58 am

prmiller wrote:So what shall come of all these Jews?
What glint in history, what news?
Have they not added to our wealth,
brought hope to millions, yes, and health?
Blest by the blessings God bestows,
though storms about assail this rose.
Esteem them well, and daily pray
that soon may hasten that great day,
when what was lost may be restored
and bring the Great Day of the Lord.
May we, the wild branch grafted in,
who watch the Spirit's fruits begin,
thus pray for Gentiles, yes, and Jew,
that all may know that Life that's new.

Bright blessings,
and
Peace in Jerusalem,
Parm :)


Great poem Parm!! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! I hope you are going well brother!!

And Yes we are praising God this morning after hearing the news about our neice! Definitely a WOOT moment. :D ;)
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Postby MithLuin » Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:50 pm

That's great about your niece!


I have bad news about my grandmother. First, I want to thank everyone for keeping her in your prayers, I really appreciate it. But things do not look good, and the doctor (her nephew, who specializes in geriatrics) says she is not likely to make it through the weekend. :cry2: :( She has sepsis, and most of her organs aren't doing well.

She is doing well enough (as far as I can see), and is certainly at peace about the whole thing. The priest visited her today to anoint her. When my dad left tonight, he promised to visit her in the morning. She asked him to kiss her on the forehead and said, "if I'm not here when you come, don't try to follow me."


It is just strange to me how quickly these things can change. A couple of weeks ago, she was living at home. A couple of days ago, we had a nice chat (I teach at her old high school, so we talked about that). And now next week, I might be going to her funeral. It's just....strange. At least she has been a Christian her whole life, so I don't have to worry about that right now...
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Postby prmiller » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:01 pm

Gwenare wrote:HUGE praise report!
Last night during a VBS service, our niece was saved!


No Wonder Suns and Moons Sung Out

Perhaps it was not thunder then,
when heaven burst with cheerful shout,
no wonder all creation hymned,
no wonder suns and moons sung out,
for with the music of the spheres,
the angels, with a mighty voice,
gave praise for one more soul renewed --
for such great news, we all rejoice!

The river rumbled righteously,
the hills thrummed deeply with their song,
each bird that has a voice sung psalms,
to join with that angelic throng.
The universe, despite its span,
reverberated thus with praise,
for what was dead was brought to life,
and shall, with God, spend endless days.

Oh, bright, bright
blessings,
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