Catching up on a few things…

Over the last several days, I haven’t been online much; sorry about that. My un-planned absence resulted from a number of factors I guess, mostly a little bit of “writer’s block”.

The other morning I received a text from my daughter in Illinois telling me that there’s a problem with my house: I called her. It seems that there is water coming through the ceiling making a mess of things.

“Has anyone turned the water off?” I asked…

It seemed that she couldn’t figure out how: Oh my!

Later that night, I found that a plumber had discovered that there was a broken pipe that caused water to rain into lower floors because of a raccoon that had somehow gotten in and shredded the insulation on the pipes…

A raccoon of all things!

I guess there are times in life when you aren’t sure whether to laugh or cry, and for me this was one of them. It has been my long standing policy that when these times come along I will laugh, because laughing is more fun than crying, so I laughed… and still chuckle at the thought… A raccoon!

 

This second point is not a laughing matter; I need your help on this one…

Ever since my return from Illinois, I’ve been filling in on Sundays for a preacher friend of mine, who has fallen ill; everyone associated with him is quite concerned.  His name is Josh, and I wonder if you would join us in praying for Josh’s recovery from illness; will you join us in praying that our God will lay His healing hand upon Josh and restore him to health and comfort his family during this difficult time?

I sure would appreciate it, for the prayers of the righteous “availeth much.”

One last thing for now…

Late yesterday afternoon, one of our brothers in Christ and a dear friend of mine was stricken with a heart attack while out in his yard, and he died. His name was Don Harris, and I’ll do a post about him, probably for tomorrow. In the meantime, will you join me in praying for his family and loved ones, that God will be the God of all comfort for those who are hurting and that Don’s life will shine as an example for all of what it means to be a follower of our Lord?

I’d very much appreciate that as well.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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25 Responses to Catching up on a few things…

  1. PhilipMac says:

    Oh Don, prayers for your preacher friend and his family, prayers for those grieving Don Harris. And prayers for you, to be there for them. This faith we live in charts the most difficult waters….to safe harbour indeed, but the trials are very real…

  2. Little Monk says:

    Dear Don,

    A privilege it is and will be to pray for you, yours, and your intentions (*insert Yoda-voice there*)

    But I must say, you do offer interesting variety to my prayer list… (*sound of scritching quill, as the Little Monk writes…*) “Don Harris Family… Josh Recovery of Health… Hungry Raccoon Who makes Indoor Rain… Plumber who Stops Indoor Rain”

    Right, think I’ve got those down. This Communion thing in Him is pretty amazing, isn’t it? Peace and grace to you… and to all your intentions… (and may that Raccoon find tastier treats than those of your attic). Amen

    LM

  3. paulfg says:

    That wouldn’t be writer’s block in my world – that would be full-on living. Don, prayerful hugs for all those mentioned here as well as you and yours ((hugs))

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thank you very much, Paul. You are more of a blessing than you know. Life is an adventure, no doubt about it, yet writer’s block was in play, for I had too many writing ideas coming my way one after another… and I couldn’t quite focus enough on any one to write it up. But watch out, they will be coming along shortly! 🙂

  4. haha The same thing happened to me recently!

  5. Meredith says:

    I will pray, for Josh, Don Harris’ family and for you and yours.

  6. Bette Cox says:

    Praying. Thanks for sharing that privilege with us, Don. Be blessed yourself as you bless others. May you be God’s “sponge” for Him, as he squeezes his presence out of you onto those in need around you.

  7. Tom says:

    Praying for your friend for full healing and recovery, for comfort for those close to the lost one, and for you for favor for you in fixing all the house leaks and problems.

  8. Hi Don, I too can get stuck. Too many ideas and not enough focus. It happens in life as well as in writing. Is it OK if I light a candle and maybe sing a song and hold the laughing racoon (I jest); your friend and colleague Josh, and your friend Don Harris and his family bereft of him in my mind as I do and within God’s embrace? I am eclectic in my taste as to how I pray and sometimes I cannot do it in words. My eyes and thoughts are foggy from my own sleepless night. I know that your friend Don will be fine and now already is within God’s embrace. Yet I wonder sometimes if it is a shock to have that sudden transition and so I hope you don’t mind my prayer including him and that he can feel peace for his loved ones. Praying for those have died is something that I like and have borrowed from the Roman Catholic tradition without worrying about the theology of it all. Thank you for your prayers for me and mine. Julia

  9. profsloan says:

    And I [Jesus] will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John‬ ‭14‬:‭13-14‬ NIV

    Don, be encouraged! Josh has and will be prayed for.

    Every blessing

    Brian

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