Prayers


Yuletide tidings have turned.  I ask for your prayers today.

A member of my family in every sense of the word is in a hospital here in Arizona.  Rushed via ambulance with non-twinkling lights early on Christmas Day.  Today, we are now waiting to hear.

Several months ago this “member of my family’s” body was crushed and torn during a head-on automobile collision on the other side of our country.   Having just left his new home on a crisp colored fall day, he was hit head-on.  Driving to his new job in a new town for a fresh start,  he held out hope for what was ahead.  The radio sung softly, excitement thumped in his chest, and a smile slid across his face.  Within seconds a car crossed the center line changing his life forever.

Let’s remember the poor, the sick and the needy this holiday season. The homeless, those who are less fortunate and the forgotten too.  Others who have lost families or loved ones, and the man on the street.

May God bless and keep you close to His heart. Please heal your wounds, free your pain, and bring you back to family who worry and wait your return.

Amen

Rainbow Valley

24 thoughts on “Prayers

  1. Hi,
    I will be praying. We can never understand the unexpected events that happen to us. It is hard to grasp and it is a good thing that we don’t have to grasp it. We are called to have faith. That is a hard lesson to learn, so I will be praying that your family member continue to hold onto his or her faith and see the silver lining behind the clouds.

    Have a blessed New Year.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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  2. Hi Kim. So sorry to hear this tragic news. Please know that I am praying for your beloved family member and I hope he is getting better each and every day. The power of prayer is an amazing thing. I know this first hand. I’ve felt it. May the new year shine brightly on you. My first prayer has already been sent and I will continue with the prayers for not only your injured, loved one, clinging to life, but for all who love him, as well. Please keep us posted on his progress.
    Hugs and God Bless,
    Tammy

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  3. Still praying. Is he making any progress? Have as good of a day as possible. You, I know, are strong. You always inspire me and thank you for always being here for me and giving me those little subtle reminders when I need them the most.
    Peace, love, hugs and prayers, my friend,
    Tammy:)

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    • A bit better today and so much to be thankful for! Some things are hard for me: the hospital is keeping me out. I understand, but miss seeing my brother. It’s been almost a year. This was to be our “celebration” time… Everything was going so well. Then God throws a “curve” ball. You and I have seen it so many times before. A “lesson” I know. Someday He will reveal it to me. A blessing eventually part of my life? How are you, Tammy? I’ve been reading your blog. I know it hasn’t been easy at all. My prayers are with you every day. Thank you for being with me too, and for the person you are. Much love to you.

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      • Being your brother, must make it even worse. I know all family members are very important to us, but why I say this is my brother was, right before Thanksgiving, recently diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had to have his kidney removed. Stage one and they say they got it all and will watch him like a hawk for the rest of his life, but especially these next 2 years. I love my brother so much and can’t even imagine life without him. He’s my oldest brother, so after my dad was killed, he was kind of like the “man of the house” even though he was just a boy, himself.
        Yes, God and his curve balls, we know all too well, me and you. I’m glad to hear that he is a bit better today. Every little bit of better is great news.
        Thanks for asking, Kim. Friday night I spent some really good time with my hubby and have been in much better spirits ever since. He’s always so awesome and takes such good care of me, but we had some great alone time, just the two of us. Just getting caught up, lots to talk about, we drank some wine and listened to some music and he had a little too much fun egging me on, just a little to post some of those “lovely” songs on my blog. LOL guess I shouldn’t be blogging and drinking. Kind of like drinking and dialing. LOL all that matters is that I had a great time and was greatly distracted from all pain and I’m still smiling today, pain or not. I don’t know what I would do without him. We’ve been to hell and back, over the years, but it was all what got us to where we are today. I think we are more in love today than the day we got married. We’ve both grown and matured a lot since that day in 1990 when he put that wedding ring upon my finger. Long story of the journey we’ve been on together. Maybe over time I can share that with you. There’s a lot to be told. One thing I can tell you, is that my becoming so critically ill 4 years ago, brought us back together and was the beginning of where we are today. So, yes, everything does happen for a reason. Had I not become so ill at that time, even though I’ve been sick for a long time, just slowly progressing over time, we may not be where we are today, or better yet, maybe not even together at all. God does have his plan for us and there are reasons for everything, but sometimes just so hard to see at the time. Sometimes we never know why, but a lot of things we can see when we reflect on the past, if we try hard enough. The rest of my family is doing well, please God, keep it that way for as long as possible.
        you’re welcome, Kim, and thank YOU for being here with me and inspiring me when I’m going through some really rough patches and you may see me saying things that people don’t usually say when they are well, just please ignore me when you see some of this ignorant behavior, it’s just the way I deal with things when I don’t know how to cope, but with all my great friends here, of which I include you in that group, I know I will be ok. I know I will rise above. I know things can and will be better one day as long as I keep the faith. I’m just ME and don’t try to be anyone else and don’t worry about what others think about me because I like ME just the way I am, minus being sick. So, I say it like it is or how I’m feeling. No facade. I am me and not ashamed of being ME. I’m unique, as is everyone. I have a great sense of humor and I love everyone, as long as they don’t harm me or my family or friends in any way. I’m not predjudiced and like people from all walks of life, race, education, sexual orientation, etc. aren’t for me to judge. God made us all and I am a very outgoing, people person. Very social. I can sniff out who I would best not be hanging out with. I don’t judge anyone. We all have our imperfections. We all make mistakes and quite frankly, I believe it would be rather dull and boring if we were all alike. Just a little more about myself I thought I would share with you so maybe you can understand when you may see me acting out in a way you may not understand at the time. I’m only human and I share my journey with the world, all of it. The good , the bad, and the ugly. So, I hope you can accept me for who I am. I am a good person. Would never hurt a soul and only wish the best for EVERYONE.
        I will continue to pray for you, your brother and your whole family. May God watch over him, keep him strong, bring him only the best doctors and restore him to health. Amen Just a little, shortened version.
        God Bless.
        Peace, love, and HUGS, my dear friend,
        Tammy:) stay strong……………………..

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      • We sound so much alike, Tammy. I love all people and for whatever reason can relate to them too. It’s always been like that for me. I can speak to a homeless person on the street as well as an heiress in a New York apartment penthouse. No difference to me. I see no color, ever. Never did, never will. I did not mean to mislead you, Tammy. I haven’t seen my brother, but he is not the one who is ill. He is the “caretaker” of his partner, my “brother-in-law” of 13 years. I am so sad now at hearing of your own brother. How do you bear it all? It gets tiring to be so strong….Your sweet words of your husband brought such smiles to my face. Thoughts of you blogging while drinking wine…I know how I would be (or not be!) He sounds like he BEST!! Someday, maybe we shall get together for a real glass of wine and a good talk too! How fun that would be!!!

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      • oh, ok, sorry about that. I clearly misunderstood. I don’t feel any different about that. He’s still your brother-in-law and means the world to you, so prayers will still be going up. Does he have a name, you care to share? Like I said, if not comfortable with that, that is totally understandable.
        I was much more worried before the biopsy report came back and found it to be stage one and that they got it all and he won’t have to undergo chemo or radiation. I still worry about him. He’s still pretty weak from the surgery and doesn’t quite look himself, yet, but he will. I went a little deeper into my depression during that time of uncertainty. But, for now, all is well. Was rather shocking, as cancer does not run in our family. I guess it does now, huh? No need in worrying over the things we have no control over, right? that is what both my therapists preach to me on a regular basis, as I also suffer from anxiety. I’m really working hard on this one. To worry unnecessarily is a waste of a lot of energy that could be used elsewhere, if you know what I mean. We need to just live in the moment and this moment only. Yesterday is, forever, gone and doesn’t matter what we may have done or not done in the past, it’s over, GONE. No sense in worrying about tomorrow because no one is guaranteed a tomorrow and most the things we tend to worry about, never even happen anyway. Still working hard on this, but it is very freeing on the days I’m able to do this. LIVE IN THE MOMENT! I know you agree with me on this one.
        You ask how I bear it all? Well, you can see on my blog exactly how I bear it all. Sometimes not so great and other times much better. With a new year fast upon us, I always kind of look at that as a good time to reflect and get a fresh start. Get up and try again, keep on trying. Set goals for myself and just do the best I can.
        My husband is the BEST, as I’m sure yours is to you. You’ve written about him before, a little bit, and I picked up on the fact that he is pretty awesome, himself. you’re a lucky woman.
        Getting together for a good glass or two or three (LOL) would be so awesome and it would be great fun and sure hope we get to do that some day. I am in Kansas. I know you’ve stated your whereabouts before, just can’t remember where everyone is. I want to say the New England area. Is that correct? As long as we’re both in the U.S., anything is possible. Never too far. I don’t fly any more, but I do have a car, there are buses, trains and then you could also come to me, as well. We could meet in between, wouldn’t really matter as long as we could sit down with that wine and have a good heart to heart chat. Would love that. My list of others I plan to do this with is growing and as long as I have to sit here in my bed, working on getting better the best I can, if I have something to look forward to, that always makes the trying to get better all the more worth it. I’ll keep fighting to make this happen. You got do your part and keep on me when I try to give up and if I see you trying to act like that, I’ll do the same. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you act like that, at least out in the open in front of the whole wide world to see. LOL Like I said, I’m not shy and I pretty much am sharing my entire journey, wherever it takes me. The good and the not so good. It’s the people like you that inspire me to “knock it off” and get back up.
        Cheers, my friend, to the wine we shall one day drink together.
        Peace, love, and hugs my dear friend,
        Tammy:)

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      • I will pray for your dear brother to stay in a good place. I am not far from you Tammy, here in St. Louis! One day I will come your way to have that glass of wine or two or three. We’ll giggle and joke until we cry until it hurts so good!

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      • Thank you, Kim, for praying for my brother. I really appreciate it. We’ll be some praying fools won’t we? If people don’t quit getting sick and hurt, we’re just gonna be praying all the time.
        And I do remember now. St. Louis. Not far at all. You are the closest one to me. I’m really excited now. I know we will meet for sure and drink however much wine we feel like drinking, chat, giggle, joke, until we pee our pants. LOL Can’t wait.:) That is so awesome cause you know I’m in Kansas. I’ve been to St. Louis more than once.:)

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      • We must meet in the new year, Tammy, when all is going well. The day will come when we shall smile and have great fun. Love and Happy New Year to you, my Dear Friend.

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      • Having something fun to look forward to always helps. We will meet this year, drink that wine, smile, and just have a great time. I can’t wait. Hope you’re having a good day, today.
        Happy, happy New Year to you, my dear friend.:)

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      • Hi Kim. I am way behind, too. No worries. No good news, as of yet. Still waiting on some phone calls from a few doctors. Just trying to wait it out, patiently.
        I’m very sick at the moment and probably won’t be back on for a few days, but I will be back. In fact, you are the lucky one today because you are the only one that is getting a reply today. Just can’t do any more. I’m in awful pain and discomfort. I’ll be back around in a few days, I hope. I’m so very nauseated and the abdominal pain is unbearable. Hoping for some answers soon. Hopefully, I’ll eventually get the surgery I so desperately need. Love you, girl and will talk to you soon. I hope you are doing well. I’m still praying for Charlie. Take care, my dear friend.

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      • Oh, Tammy, thank you so much for letting me know. I will pray so hard for you tonight to end your pain and for you to get the surgery you need. How I wish I could help you! And in all your suffering you still think of me……. Charlie has been moved to a new rehab “wound care” center. Only 15 patients so he will get good care. I can’t see him, but did see my brother who is doing the best he can. So glad I’m here to lend some support for another week. Keep me posted, Tammy. Love you so much!

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      • Thank you for the prayers, much needed and appreciated. I’m going to finally get the surgery, I just found out today. I hope it is next week. They were supposed to call me back today and let me know when, but they didn’t, so they’ll probably call me on Monday. I’ll patiently be waiting.
        Glad to hear Charlie is moving right along. I know he has a long road to recovery, but he is recovering. Is there a reason why they won’t let you see Charlie? I’m glad you got to, at least, see your brother and glad he is doing the best he can. Let him know lots of people are praying. I’ll keep you posted and let you know once I get a surgery date, then we should be well on our way to some wine drinking and fun. LOL I love ya, girl. hang in there, my dear friend. I’ll be around, just not as much for just a short bit, because I just can’t do this in the pain I am in. I need some much needed rest.:)

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      • What a relief it is to know the needed surgery is coming. Charlie is still at risk for new infection; they are keeping him “close” and protected for now. But, soon, he may be coming home. Rest for now, Tammy. I will wait in the wings with prayer for you to sing me a new song when you are freed from the cage once again. Much love to you.

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    • It will be “day-to-day for a long time, months and months. The accident was last September. He had been in rehab, walking in a walker, moved back home to Arizona a few days before Christmas. Suddenly all of this hit on Christmas Day. Another hour and he would surely have lost his leg! At least 3 months of IV antibiotics ahead “hoping” to rid his body of the infection to save it. No guarantee. Scary. I know you can understand, because once you get through all the physical pain (which really will never go away) you’re left to deal with all of the emotional “scars.” I love you, My Friend.

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  4. I just need to remember, and I usually do, that there are people out there that do really have it worse than I do. I knew a guy that was a teenager playing basketball, indoors, and was knocked to the ground and hit his head just “right” and wasn’t expected to make it. Years of rehab, he was back to his normal self, again. A true miracle. Just a few years later, in his very early 20’s he was in a car accident and in a vegetative state. Although he is a true fighter and has beat the odds, again, he has come a long way, but this time he will never be the same or never be able to live on his own, again. He’s a quadrapalegic (excuse my spelling today, but you know what I mean) and has come way further than doctors ever expected for him. It’s very hard to understand why this would happen to anyone twice, but God has his reasons and a plan for this courageous man that never gave up and continues to fight and beat the odds.
    Though your brother has a lot to overcome, yet, I believe he will beat the odds, as well. Sounds to me like he’s a real fighter and has a lot of life left to share with the world and great things, yet, to do on his journey. Like I said, I’ll continue to pray like “crazy” for all of you. I love you, too, my dear friend. Will you please keep me posted as to his progress and yours? Hang in there. You are a strong woman, I know. Keep inspiring others the way you do. Continue to stay on me, as you have done, and remind me of all the things you always remind me of. I need that. I’m always here for you, any time you need to just talk or to vent. I never judge and always listen and try to inspire, as well. I’ve been told by a lot of others, that I have indeed inspired them, not always sure how, but I believe them, as that is my mission to inspire as many other living souls, as possible. As you’ve read on my blog, I share my darkest moments, but also share my positive thoughts and show others how I continue to always pick myself right back up and try again. Let your brother know that I am praying for him. Would you mind sharing his first name with me, would help with my prayers. If you aren’t comfortable with that I understand. Have a great day!
    Peace, love, and hugs my dear friend,
    Tammy:)

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    • Tammy, so beautiful and true. We are lucky, we just forget sometimes. Charlie…..Charlie is his name. He is in a Phoenix hospital bed with a scar from his knee to his ankle on his “good leg.” But, like you said, it can always be much worse. The gentleman to his left did lose his leg to the same infection on Christmas Day.

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      • Prayers for Charlie every day, often. Sorry about the other gentleman losing his leg, how awful that must be, however he is still amongst us. So Charlie has the scar from his knee to his ankle on his good leg and that was from the previous accident? Then the other leg God is working on has the bad infection, do I have this straight? I do have ADHD, as well, so sometimes I will get distracted and not read something as closely and sometimes I’ll forget I’ve already asked a question and may ask you the same question 50 times.
        One of my daughters has this shirt that I just love and every time she wears it I tell her how much I like it and ask her if it’s new and she says, mom you ask me that every time I wear this shirt. We just laugh and I say, I’ll probably say the same thing, again, next time you wear it. LOL ADHD, Fibromyalgia brain fog, and medication fog, one heck of a combination. No, I’m not 87, I just act and feel like it, sometimes. LOL
        Well, Charlie has many praying for him, I’m sure. God will do his work and he’ll be up walking around on his real legs soon. I wish him the best and the prayers continue, the rest is up to God.
        Is everything else with him ok? Head on collisions are the worst. That’s the kind of accident my dad was in, only the other driver was drunk! I did finally forgive him, just a week or so ago. That released a lot of hate I was holding inside from the time I was 8 until now. That hate I was carrying around for all these years was affecting no one, but me………………………………:)

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      • Charlie was petty banged up and will never be quite the same, but has been given God’s gift of a marvelous attitude to help get him through. Luckily, he had no brain trauma. Many surgeries to his body; I’ve lost count. He had made all his “goals.” Now this new big bump in the road. Like my brother, he is strong and thankful to God. One day at a time. Like you said, that’s all we can be sure of. I am glad you “forgave” your father’s drunk driver. Hardest thing I’m sure for you to do. Still, what a release for your kind body, mind and spirit. I’m proud of you!

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