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Light a candle

I find it hard to talk about faith-based things without worrying that I’m coming across as being overly ‘religious.’ One of the big differences between the UK and Botswana is that here, people aren’t hesitant to talk about God. Miracles are spoken of, God is called upon and referred to with no embarrassment or attempt to couch the statement. At first I thought it was because I’m working in a church office, but it’s not. It’s in everyday conversations, with people who have nothing to do with the church – other than their own faith. Friends around the dinner table, strangers on the street, it doesn’t matter. And it’s not obtrusive – there’s no waving of Bibles, or yelling of damnation, it just comes up in conversation.

I don’t want this to be a ‘preachy’ or overly ‘churchy’ blog. But I thought, given some of the things I’ve learnt recently about prayer*, that it was time I added a page.

In my mum’s church at home, we often light a candle if we have something or someone specific we would like to pray for. We can’t light candles on the internet, but if you have something you would like prayer for post it in the comments section, so I and others can see it and pray for it. It would be great to hear about it when you get answers too – so please come back and let us know! If you’re a person who prays, please add the request to your prayers, or even subscribe to the comments to get updates as they’re added. You have to leave a comment before you can subscribe to the thread, so just say hi and let us know you’re praying too.

Thank you.

*more on that later

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  1. oneredsock permalink
    February 9, 2010 4:38 pm

    Ok. I’ve seen a few people coming here, but either everything in your lives is peachy, or no-one’s been brave enough to get the ball rolling. So I shall play the part of good hostess and go first…

    Please pray for my friend and her family. Her husband is very ill with a terminal illness. They have two children in their teens who are still at school, and there are other children and grandchildren as well. The illness is really beginning to take hold now. Nights in the hospital are starting to be as common as nights at home – sometimes more common. The pain is intense – physical, emotional and spiritual. She is also beginning to be unwell through the stress and trauma of it all. Please pray for strength and for courage and for peace, for the pair of them, for their children and for all the members of the extended family. Please also pray for the medical staff treating him, that they will know the best way to help and that there will be enough of the right drugs available to treat him appropriately (it’s not guaranteed here). Thank you.

    • oneredsock permalink
      February 21, 2010 2:40 pm

      Just a quick update. Today I went to Church with my friend and her husband. It’s the first time he’s been out and about in a while, but he is! Which is really quite incredible given how things were just a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for all your prayers, and please, keep them coming.

  2. Susan permalink
    August 20, 2010 2:03 pm

    Light a candle for yourself and the sweet progress you are making through being pampered by Mum and the whole family. Enjoy seeing the clan this weekend. I loved the prayers above – even though they make me teary eyed today. It’s to be expected. Praise Him for nurturing us all the days of our lives so we may dwell in the house of the Lord forever!!
    Maybe we can chat on Skype this weekend.

    • oneredsock permalink
      September 23, 2010 10:30 pm

      Thank you Susan. I’m healing well – and pretty sure a bonfire’s been lit for me over the last two months! Today I reached an important milestone in my recovery – I still have a way to go but it’s great to be able to see the progress 😀

  3. February 22, 2011 9:02 pm

    Please light a candle for my mother, struggling to recover still, 14 months after open heart surgery. Her frail little body is fending off infection after infection. Her mind is fighting to stay present, open, positive.

    Please light another for my friend, Lisa, whose divorce was finalized last week. She needs a full out infusion of love to rebuild her sense of self, her ability to love. Her life.

    Please light a candle for the people of the middle east, struggling their way out of oppression, toward freedom.

    • oneredsock permalink
      February 22, 2011 11:47 pm

      Thank you Amy, such beautiful prayers. I will. Please let us know how your mother and Lisa get on.

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