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Prayer Request
Self ^ | 05 January 2007 | mkjessup

Posted on 01/05/2007 6:55:11 PM PST by mkjessup

My FRiends, I would be very grateful for your prayers in behalf of my Dad whose health has taken a turn for the worse right after Thanksgiving, and even more so in the past few days. Dad is 81, a veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theatre, he served as a munitions expert, Browning Automatic rifleman, and finally as a medical corpsman before being wounded and sent home. He continued to serve our Nation in the Department of the Army his entire working career. He has been the finest Dad I could ask for and my life has been blessed by being his son. I have asked God what I believe my Dad would want me to ask, which is that God's Will be done. My own human desires and needs want to see my Dad restored completely to health and bounce out of his hospital bed, which would honestly require a miracle at this point. Dad is quite frankly suffering from old age, injured hip (did not require surgery), kidney infection, loss of appetite, one moment completely lucid, next moment, not quite so good. My Mom is holding up well all things considered, she and my Dad have been inseperable and happily married 53 years last month, I wish for them many more on this Earth, if that is part of God's Plan. I thank you and as my Dad would say, 'May the Lord be with you'.

Best Regards,

MKJ


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Please post your prayers to mkjessup;

51 posted on 01/05/2007 9:10:14 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: mkjessup; Neil E. Wright

Prayers for your father and your family.

God bless.


52 posted on 01/05/2007 9:34:49 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Brad's Gramma

Bumping your prayer mkjessup!

THANKS for the PING BG!!!


53 posted on 01/05/2007 9:38:51 PM PST by M0sby (((PROUD WIFE of MSgt Edwards USMC)))
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To: mkjessup

Thank God for your dad. I join with all the others here lifting him up to God for peace and blessing.


54 posted on 01/05/2007 9:49:55 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: mkjessup

Prayers for your dad and you and your family...


55 posted on 01/05/2007 11:11:56 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: Brad's Gramma
God bless your Dad, your Mom, you mkjessup and your family...


56 posted on 01/05/2007 11:25:46 PM PST by SheLion (When you're right, take up the fight!!!!!)
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To: mkjessup; Brad's Gramma

From the daughter-in-law of a WWII Asia Pac Theater sniper, and daughter of a WWII occupied Manilla staff sgt. - you have my heartfelt prayers.

Thank your wonderful father for us. Truly one of the greatest generations.


57 posted on 01/05/2007 11:29:39 PM PST by kimmie7 (Liberals embrace the sin......Christians embrace the sinner.)
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To: mkjessup

Praying.


58 posted on 01/05/2007 11:32:08 PM PST by lysie (I pledge allegiance to this flag And if that bothers you, well that's too bad)
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To: mkjessup

Sounds like many have shared in the love, kindness and courage of your Father. I wish him 'God speed' as his life's journey continues to unfold. . .and be it here or 'there'. . .God Bless all who by their love, will always be with him.


59 posted on 01/06/2007 12:16:39 AM PST by cricket (Save a Terrorist - join the Democrats/Live Liberal Free; or suffer their consequences)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers for your Dad on their way....


60 posted on 01/06/2007 12:28:08 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: mkjessup

Prayers sent up for your Dad and Mother - and for you.


61 posted on 01/06/2007 1:16:46 AM PST by motherlydia (Pray unceasingly)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers sent


62 posted on 01/06/2007 2:36:03 AM PST by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


63 posted on 01/06/2007 3:07:36 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: mkjessup

PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR DAD.


64 posted on 01/06/2007 4:22:15 AM PST by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: mkjessup
Joining your FReeper family in prayer, that the earthly days of your beloved Dad, whether many or few, will be blessed in ways unimaginable, and that joyfully he will enter into Eternal Life, and that with confident sorrow, you and your Mom, and all those who love him, will abide in faith that parting is but momentary, but joyful reunion awaits.

"But I know whom I have believed,
And am persuaded
That He is able,
To keep that which I've committed
Unto Him against that day."
65 posted on 01/06/2007 4:41:25 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers sent for this brave veteran and for you and your mother.


66 posted on 01/06/2007 4:47:55 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers up.


67 posted on 01/06/2007 5:03:21 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: All

Good Morning Everyone!

Coming up on 8:30 EDT, and Dad had a fairly restful night, and my Uncle (my Dad's brother) and my Aunt have arrived from out of state to spend some time with Dad, and to help out as possible, my Dad and Uncle are extremely close (as brothers should be) and I'm hopeful that a surprise visit will lift my Dad's spirits. I may be on and offline today so if I don't answer posts and emails right away, please know that I'll be getting back to messages and this thread as I can and I appreciate you all so much, I hope you know that.

My Mom is not what we would call computer savvy, she is somewhat familiar but is 'non-Internet' connected, however I told her this morning that there were many, many wonderful people (meaning you my FRiends!) who were praying for Dad, for her, and for our family and she was very moved and asked me to thank you all and to say that she loves and appreciates each and every one of you, as do I.

As time permits, and as events unfold, I might share a few stories about my Dad and Mom with you all, if there is interest - I could tell you quite a few tales, all of them true.

I thank you all again, and will keep you posted about how everything is going.

God Bless!

Best,

MKJ (Mark)


68 posted on 01/06/2007 5:33:58 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mkjessup

Thankful prayers for your dad's peace and health.


69 posted on 01/06/2007 5:36:35 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: mkjessup
I thank you and as my Dad would say, 'May the Lord be with you'.

And also with you. Praying His Wondrous Grace for you and all your family.

70 posted on 01/06/2007 5:41:19 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: mkjessup

Prayers offered for the Peace to envelope you and your family and, that God will provide you with the gifts to be a continued source of strength and inspiration to your parents.


71 posted on 01/06/2007 5:59:42 AM PST by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers for your dad and mom


72 posted on 01/06/2007 6:27:54 AM PST by NewCenturions (mostly a lurker)
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To: mkjessup; Brad's Gramma

MK..... your prayer request speaks volumes... for the man who raised you to know love beyond your own desires...unselfish love. Our prayers too will be that His will be done. We pray for comfort for your dad, give thanks to him and all like him who served this nation so proudly, and ask for strength and comfort for your mom and you in the days and weeks ahead.

Hugs and prayers from Texas....

"TT", Beth & Nana


73 posted on 01/06/2007 7:00:00 AM PST by Texas Termite (We give thanks daily.)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers up for your dad and for you.


74 posted on 01/06/2007 8:30:47 AM PST by Allegra (Vote Dulcie / Finbar 2008)
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To: mkjessup

Prayer BUMP


75 posted on 01/06/2007 8:44:47 AM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers are on the way. Please tell your Dad how much his service is appreciated.


76 posted on 01/06/2007 8:52:52 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mkjessup
Now the Lord of peace Himself
give you peace always by all means.
The Lord be with you all. - II Thessalonians 3: 16

77 posted on 01/06/2007 9:17:21 AM PST by Faith
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To: mkjessup

Prayers up!


78 posted on 01/06/2007 9:18:05 AM PST by paulat
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To: mkjessup

Prayers for your Dad and for your family.


79 posted on 01/06/2007 9:26:51 AM PST by silent_jonny (Nothing Less Than Victory)
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To: mkjessup

The Lord be with your Dad and your family.


80 posted on 01/06/2007 11:46:33 AM PST by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers up!


81 posted on 01/06/2007 11:51:07 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Prayers-beyond your expectations!)
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To: mkjessup

Thoughts and prayers are with you...


82 posted on 01/06/2007 11:57:50 AM PST by New Girl
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To: mkjessup

prayer bump


83 posted on 01/06/2007 12:57:33 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: mkjessup

Prayers


84 posted on 01/06/2007 1:37:30 PM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers sent for your Dad and his family.


85 posted on 01/06/2007 2:45:33 PM PST by RJL
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To: mkjessup

Prayers up for your Dad and your family.


86 posted on 01/06/2007 4:20:33 PM PST by JZelle
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Good Evening Everyone...

A little past 10:00 pm EDT.

My apologies for not being able to keep up with this thread today, and I know there are also private mails I have not answered yet - thank you all for your prayers and kindnesses, I can tell you that Dad is holding his own for now, although he isn't eating enough to really get his strength back up, this man that used to weigh around 225 on a 6 foot frame is down to around 130 and the only possible benefit to that is that his heart isn't having to work quite so hard to carry the greater weight, but I know that he's lost a great deal of muscle mass and that's not good.

And yet, Dad has moments of clarity and still shows an interest in the daily routine of things, and that is encouraging. Dad's doctor has said that he doesn't believe it is very likely Dad will be going home with Mom any time soon, however it is possible Dad might unexpectedly begin to improve and gain strength, the doctor said "he's seen that happen before". The key is to get more nutrition into Dad and we're doing all we can in that area.

I know my Mom and Dad are both very grateful for your continued prayers and thoughtfulness, as am I and all of our family. Dad has always been a very private person when it comes to his faith in God, but in these recent days he has begun to talk of the Lord more openly, and in some ways that alarms me because of the possibility that he senses that perhaps he will soon be called home. In any event I will do as he has always told me, which is to trust God in all things.

Thank you again my FRiends, knowing you are with us during this difficult time is something which means more than words can express, and you are likewise: in my prayers too.

Bless you and Goodnight.

Best,

Mark (MKJ)





87 posted on 01/06/2007 7:12:28 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers for Dad and Mom and the rest of the family for as long as needed.


88 posted on 01/06/2007 7:27:24 PM PST by kkmo9 ("My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school." Margaret Mead)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers going up for you and your Dad and Mom


89 posted on 01/06/2007 7:51:38 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers offered.


90 posted on 01/06/2007 8:55:45 PM PST by elk1
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9:00 am EDT 7 January 2007

Good Morning my FRiends,

Dad isn't doing so well this morning, all he wants to do is sleep, and isn't as responsive as he was. His doctor seems to think that his time is nearing an end. It is impossible to say if Dad will be with us another day, or another week, month or more - which is as it is with any of us for our lives are predetermined by Almighty God.

I continue to believe that our Great Physician might yet work a miracle with my Dad, and I will hold on to that belief. I remember when my GrandDad passed on, I was young and naive but my mind believed that if I could but put my hand on my GrandDad's shoulder even when he was in his casket, that I could raise him up through the Power of Christ, why? Because I read it in the Bible, and I wanted that more than anything on this Earth at that time.

Needless to say, my efforts were 'less than hoped for'.

What my immature mind did not understand is that our human wants and needs cannot trump the Greater Plan which is God's, and God's alone. He alone gives life, and He alone determines how much of it each of us shall have.

So, I will hold on to what I concede might be considered a childlike and naive belief and faith that Dad might still pull out of this, but I must also accept and temper my desire with the reality that God's Will indeed, shall be Done.

I thank you all for your continued prayers and thoughts, Mom is doing pretty good I have to say, she told me this morning not to worry about her because in her own words she said "Your Mother is a tough cookie", and indeed she is.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you all.

Mark


91 posted on 01/07/2007 6:04:03 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mkjessup

Thanks for posting your prayer request about your father. Prayers up, with thanks to God in advance because He cares.


92 posted on 01/07/2007 10:19:36 AM PST by MonicaG (Thank you and God bless you, excellent TROOPS!)
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To: mkjessup

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A Prayer of Healing for MKJ's Dad:


"Almighty GOD,

...if it be Your will...

...please Heal him with Your LOVE.

...If it not be Your will then...

...please Heal his Fear"


AMEN

.


93 posted on 01/07/2007 4:25:39 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: mkjessup

We're still here with you...


94 posted on 01/07/2007 4:36:01 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: ErnBatavia; All

Good Evening FRiends...

Coming up on 10:00 pm EDT.

Thank you again everyone, for the support and the prayers and encouragement, you are all demonstrating that the power of prayer IS the most powerful implement we have in the spiritual tool belt, and you are all appreciated so much.

Today Dad was a little more lucid although he had a 'theme' to his conversation which was to tell us to be sure and take care of Mom, he seems to tolerate only short visits and then he becomes insistent that we should all go, so we naturally honor that request and give him some time. Mom is doing ok, and I know she is finding new strength, in no small part from your lifting our family up in prayer.

A minister friend of my Uncle came by and talked with Dad, prayed with him, and generally had a good visit. I have the sense that Dad is perceiving things more in the spiritual realm, and of course that can mean any number of things.

I remain hopeful for a dramatic and miraculous recovery, because if I have learned anything in my brief life (I'm past the half century mark now), it is that God truly loves what I call the 'photo-finish', right when everything appears to be hopeless, looks like all is lost, no chance, time to give up, and suddenly like a thunderbolt from out of nowhere, God demonstrates His Power, which requires no effort at all on His part, and I believe that if it is within His Will, that Dad will ultimately rise up from what is surely his deathbed right now, and walk out under his own power.

Either way, Dad is going to be healed. Because even if the above described miracle that I wish for doesn't come to pass, Dad will then be healed from the ravages of time and disease, and in that Moment, he will be ushered into Eternity by our Lord and Saviour, where our loved ones await for us all.

I thank you again, and I pray for God's Blessings upon you all.

Goodnight my FRiends.

Mark


95 posted on 01/07/2007 7:11:26 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup

Mark, as we are praying for your dad, you, and your family - your words have been inspiring and have ministered to me and I'm sure to others on this prayer thread. It is evident that the Lord has surrounded you with his grace. May God continue to bless you and your family.


96 posted on 01/07/2007 7:31:18 PM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: mkjessup

Prayers up for your Mom and Dad, and you, too. May God grant you all strength, healing, and the inner peace only He can provide.


97 posted on 01/08/2007 5:49:46 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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Hello my FRiends.

It is coming up on Noontime EDT and I believe that I most likely spoke with my Dad for the last time a short while ago. His condition is deteriorating, and while we cannot know how much longer he will be with us, I can see that his time with us is nearly at an end.

Dad has been slipping in and out of consciousness but he did seem to understand me when I told him how proud I am to be his son, and how proud I am that he is my Dad. I told him that his parents are waiting for him, and that it's ok now, that we'll take care of Mom and for him not to worry. I told him that the Lord is with him, and that I love him, and he very faintly was able to tell me he loves me too.

I have asked God to help my Dad to now let go, to grant him peace and rest, that perhaps he might go to sleep now, to then suddenly awaken in the presence of the Lord God Almighty, who wert, and art, and evermore shall be.

My Mom, my family and I will always be grateful for all of your loving prayers, thoughts and encouragement during this time, and as I have said in the past on different occasions to people I may never meet, it is my hope that we will all meet one Day in our Father's House so I may thank each and every one of you personally.

And then, I can introduce you to my Dad, Mom and our family.

May the Lord keep you all in His Hands until that Time.

Thank You and Bless You.

Mark


98 posted on 01/08/2007 8:46:40 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup

It is hard to say our final goodbyes to those we love, but we must always remember that our life on earth is but a small portion of the eternal journey of the soul. Prayers for your good father.


99 posted on 01/08/2007 8:58:55 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: mkjessup

I am truly thankful for your father's service to this country. Rest assured, I will keep your father, mother, and you in my prayers. Be hopeful, for what may seem to be dire may turn around and healing take place. This is what I pray.


100 posted on 01/08/2007 10:52:37 AM PST by giznort
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