Saturday, October 25, 2014

We Pray for Our Friends...

Bob and I celebrated our 8th anniversary this week. The following poem was written for our 7th anniversary...


Bob and I sit at the kitchen table
before our evening meal—

We clasp our hands, bow our heads
and pray for our friends, our family
and people we do not know
because when people know you pray
they give you people to pray for

First we pray for those with cancer
and ask God in His mercy to heal—

There’s Lynn who had a recurrence
after a long remission. Lynn
who is so adventurous and brave—
Last week she had a CAT scan
We’re waiting for results

and there’s Joanne, who battles leukemia
She leads the dance ministry at our congregation
with astonishing poise and grace
and places her trust in God, Who has
blessed her with miracles
along the way
We persevere in prayer for her
We always persevere

and there are others, many, many others
and other diseases, ailments and situations
that we bring before God’s throne

We lift up our family members and ask
God to touch each one where they need
a touch from Him, asking
each name be written
in the Lamb’s Book of Life
for it’s our heart’s supreme desire
that each has a place
at the Banqueting Table in Glory

We pray for our nation
our president, our congregation
and our pastor

then Bob always takes a moment
to thank God for giving him
me as his wife and he tells God
he’s a very blessed man
and finally, I express my own thanksgiving
in having him as my cherished husband

We conclude with Amen
and a gentle kiss

Today is our seventh anniversary—

Dear Lord…
the sweetest part of everyday
is this solemn time we spend with You
here, at our table
in prayer

Maude Carolan Pych

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