Weekend of Prayer

Weekend of Prayer

Well, I’m off to my parish’s women’s retreat—Be Filled—with Fr. James Livingston. Please keep me in prayer, as I certainly will pray for you.

This retreat could not have come at a more perfect time. Isn’t that the way with God? His timing is perfect.
You see, this week has been heavy for me. Very heavy. My step-father is very sick with cancer. In the past two weeks, he has gotten worse and worse—rather quickly. He is off his chemotherapy, because he is too weak. Steroids aren’t giving him energy. He is breathing with the help of oxygen. Why? What is happening? Up until today, there haven’t been any answers to questions, and this has caused frustration, fear, doubt and sadness—trying to grasp any bit of understanding of this situation.
Today. Today, my step-dad and mom met with the doctor to get the results of some recent tests. Today, they (we) found out that there is a lot of cancer in his lung, which is sort of like a liquidy-pneumonia-filled tumor, which is causing the breathing difficulties. Today, we found out he only has 1-2 months to live.
It is a very emotional and shocking piece of news to receive, and I think I am still numb. At the same time, I am grateful that we finally know what we’re facing. I am grateful that my step-dad has time to prepare to meet His Maker, and to be with my mom and other family members.
Please keep him in your prayers. Also, my mom, who is taking care of him, mostly on her own. And me, that I may have the grace and insight to know how to serve them, even though I’m thousands of miles away.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. — Galations 2:20
(This is the scripture passage for my retreat, but how it means so much more to me under these circumstances.)
If you have a specific prayer request you would like me to pray for over my retreat weekend, please leave a comment. (I will check just before I leave.) Otherwise, know that I will pray for you in general whatever the intentions may be in your heart.
Have a blessed weekend!

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9 thoughts on “Weekend of Prayer

  1. Our prayers for your family will continue and I know your prayers for our family continue as well. Thank you for your friendship. Have a very blessed weekend!

  2. Sarah, so sorry to hear about your step-father. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for the months ahead than with a retreat. Prayers to you and your family.

  3. Sarah…

    Prayers for you and your dear family! May God pour grace upon you during your retreat, may you emerge refreshed, ready for the challenges that are ahead as you face the loss of your loved one. God bless you…

  4. Oh Sarah – I am so sorry about your step-father. : ( I will certainly be praying for YOU, for him, your mother, and all in his life.
    What a graceful woman you are, to ask for our prayer intentions at this time. But I also will be praying for YOU over this weekend….that it brings you such comfort, strength, and fulfills all of your needs to face this trying time. The gifts of your own inner blessings, and all of the blessings in your life, will help bring you through. I have faith for this.
    Come home uplifted, and filled with the Holy Spirit. : )

  5. oh sarah, i am so sorry to hear that. may God give him and your family the grace to get thru this very difficult step. hope you had a wonderful retreat. hugs and God bless.

    ps. my word verification is nomate, which is funny because my hubby just left for a week-work related-so i’ve “nomate” in the house!

  6. I thank each of you for your prayers. I could feel myself being lifted up this weekend … and still do even now. I had an amazing retreat experience, and I hope to post about it soon, but I am in the midst of a busy, busy week—Am getting ready to visit with my mom and step-dad for a long weekend. God bless each of you, as we begin this Lenten journey. In Christ, Sarah

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