without Lone Star Printing??!!!
Farmington friends – newsletter at the printers (thank goodness for Lone Star Printing!) and should be ready next week . . . and in the mail shortly after . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In my prayers, I remember my friends . . . my family . . . my church . . . and often someone I don’t personally know . . . or a concern that has come to my attention. I don’t always know what is going on in the lives of those I know casually and sometimes not even those with whom I am intimate; however, I lift them up in prayer. God knows. And I am assured that He desires our prayers.
When a friend tells me that I am in his/her prayers, I am heartened and uplifted and feel a closeness – to God and to my friend.
John O’Donohue writes that
It is a lovely gift when a person prays for you. One of the greatest shelters in your life is the circle of invisible prayer that is gathered around you by your friends here and in the unseen world. It is a beautiful gift to draw someone into the shelter of your circle of prayer. When you are going through difficult times or marooned on some lonesome edge in your life, it is often the prayer of your friends that brings you through. When your soul turns into a wilderness, it is the prayer of others that brings you back to the hearth of warmth. I know people who have been very ill, forsaken, and damaged; the holy travellers that we call prayers have reached out to them and returned them to healing. The prayer of healing has wisdom, discernment, and power. It is unknown what prayer can actually achieve.
When you meet someone at the level of prayer, you meet them on the ground of eternity. This is the heart of all kinship and affinity. When you journey in there to meet someone, a great intimacy can awaken between you. I imagine that the dead who live in the unseen world never forget us; they are always praying for us. Perhaps this is one of the ways that they remain close to our hearts: they extend the light and warmth of prayer towards us. Prayer is the activity of the invisible world, yet its effect is actual and powerful. It is said that if you pray beside a flower it grows faster. When you bring the presence of prayer to the things you do, you do them more beautifully.
Karen, who teaches our adult Sunday School class, will be working in Nairobi, Kenya during the month of December. She will be using her special talents “working in an orphanage/school for 180 toddlers through teens, helping widows create saleable crafts, participating in training Kenyan adults for improved schools/child care/pastoral work with Rafiki academic and Bible study curricula, and assisting resident missionaries with the village’s needs.”
Our Sharers Class will miss Karen during the time she is serving in Nairobi; however, we will be praying for her. When we pray for others, we are participating in the work of Christ and interceding for others in prayer also forms our soul. When we pray for someone, we don’t preempt God. Before we even receive a request to pray for someone or some concern, God is there. However, when we pray, we become sharers in His work.
Hear me speedily, O Lord. . . .
Cause me to hear . . .
For I lift up my soul unto Thee.
Psalm 143:7, 8
Visiting with friends the other evening, the talk turned to television viewing. Last week, my husband and I saw an On Demand movie on the television screen that was very good: Winter’s Bone.
Other than that movie, I cannot recall the last time I sat in front of a television to watch anything. When our friends and Dear Hubby mentioned the television programs and sitcoms and reality shows they enjoy, I was at a loss to remember any but that recent movie (which I highly recommend).
When we participated in a television viewing analysis last year, I watched a total of two hours television in one month (a documentary if I recollect and I doubt the TV company gained much insight in the viewing habits in our household – at least from my perspective). Although (don’t tell him I wrote this!), DH more than made up for my lack of television watching.
However, I WILL watch a basketball game now and again – if I don’t have a Good Book at hand.
It’s never too early to start planning for overseas holiday mailings, according to Postmaster Dennis J. Mahoney.With thousands of American troops and civilians stationed around the world, the coming weeks will be a busy time for mailing international and military parcels and packages, he said.
He listed below the major dates recommended for mail to be delivered by Dec. 25.
- Nov. 13 —Parcel Post to military APO/FPO addresses.
- Dec. 4 —First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to military APO AE ZIP 093 addresses.
- Dec. 11 —First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to all other military APO/FPO addresses.
- Dec. 18—Express Mail Military Service to all military APO/FPO addresses except APO ZIP 093.
- Dec. 4 —Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to Africa and Central or South America International Mail locations.
- Dec. 11 —Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to all other International Mail locations.
- Dec. 12—Express Mail International to Africa and Central and South America.
- Dec. 17 —Express Mail International to all other countries (except Canada, Dec. 18).
- Dec. 19—Global Express Guaranteed to all countries (except Canada, Dec. 20).
“We hope the publication of these dates will prove beneficial to persons mailing cards and gifts to foreign countries so they will arrive in a timely manner,” he said.
He said the Postal Service’s website www.usps.com can prove to be a helpful resource during this holiday mailing season, offering a wide variety of links to mailing and shipping tools.