Friday, August 27, 2010


Dear friends and associates,

Please pray and/or think good thoughts for my little great-nephew, James Theophilus Smith, who was born late Tuesday night and baptized just yesterday. He is undergoing open-heart surgery this morning at 10:00 (Eastern time, USA) at the University of Virginia Medical School Hospital. He will die within a month's time without the surgery.

Also pray for his young mother, Jane (my niece), and her husband, Chris, as well as Sam and Susan (my brother and his wife.) As if the baby's illness weren't enough, Susan just got back suspicious mammogram results. She has already been through a bout of breast cancer so this is very worrying.

Thank you all more than I can say. Blessings to all.

Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, you gather the lambs in your arms and carry them in your bosom: We commend to your loving care this child James. Relieve his pain, guard him from all danger, restore to him your gifts of gladness and strength, and raise him up to a life of service to you. Hear us, we pray, for you dear Name’s sake.

UPDATE: Prayers also for a good report for Susan. "Suspicious mammogram results" can be frightening, especially for a person who has already had breast cancer.


  1. Prayers from me for James, Jane, Chris, Sam and Susan.

  2. Thank you all so much for your prayers. I told one of my other nieces, Claire Finlay, (when I talked with her by phone yesterday) that people all over the world were praying for little James and for our family. She seemed quite awed by that.

    It means more to me than I can ever tell you.

  3. Ellie, when I tell folks for whom I post prayer requests that people all over the world are praying for them, a good many are in awe, and rightly so.


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