Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Let us pray! 10/24/2008
Good Morning, Dear Family.

Heb. 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

KJV Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

This is the update which I received from Pat Schauer, Kenny's daughter, this morning and I am passing it along.

"Dad had a rough night last night and the hospital called Mom to update her. It seems that they could not awaken him and he again was having the chest pains over his heart. It seems that all is going smoothly this morning and we will be up there before noon to stay with him.
Prayers are still very much needed to get him through this. As the Dr said, Being 84 is his biggest determent to his recuperation. This type of surgery would be tough on a young man. " Pat

Let us pray: Dear Holy Father, we approach your throne of grace together this morning, thanking you for the blessing of the grace of life through your Son, Jesus Christ. We are learning and experiencing more and more of the blessing of entering deeper into the common fellowship of believers in the body of your Son, Jesus, in whom there is never any division or separation, but only a growing union of meaning and purpose in love and in truth. So that when one is ailing, in pain, in need , it is as if it is our very ownself that is in need. Our hearts are together this morning as we lift our dear brother Kenny before you, asking that first of all you would bless Him with the awareness of your Presence through the promises of your Word as applied by the Holy Spirit! Dear Father, Kenny knows that You are His shepherd and he has no need outside of what you have provided for him through your Son, Jesus. Please cause Kenny to rest in the quietness of your peace today as in green pastures and lead him beside the still waters of your grace. Waters of grace that permeate the soul so deeply that the mind is at rest in the secure knowledge of your Presence. May it be not only with Kenny, but with Doris and the rest of the family. Restore his soul from the worries and fears of the future through leading him into your ways of righteousness, which is the way of grace and acceptance in your Son. Father, you continually bestow your grace upon all, and to those who wait upon you, you give increased grace. Continue to glorify your great name by being very gracious to our dear Kenny! And, Lord, as Kenny and the rest of us go through this valley of the shadow of death, may it be that there would be perfect peace and that fear would be vanquished through the knowledge that You are with Kenny and all of his family. May your gentle rod of the grace of relationship be felt by Kenny as you reveal into his mind and heart of your promises of acceptance and direction for his wellbeing in the future. Yes, and even as he goes through the valley, may the table that has been prepared for the eternal feast of believers be an encouragement to Kenny so that his heart will be so filled with joy at that which is to come, that he will be able to say that your mercy and goodness continues to follow him and that he lives with the expectant hope that he will dwell in your house forever and forever and forever and forever.............................. In
Jesus Name, Amen.

One final note. As I was in the hospital with Kenny and his family, I could not help but think of God's abundant grace each tiime I heard the music float through the halls of the St. Cloud Hospital each time a new child was born into this world. Amidst the suffering, pain and death, there is the sound of the grace of God through the chimes, reminding us that in the darkness of the events of the cross at Calvary, the resurrection of life on Easter morning brings forth hope and life. May we keep this in mind always, for God is faithful and his mercies are new every morning!!

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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