Forms of the word “delight” (delight, delighted, delighting, delightful…) occur over a hundred times in the Bible. Many relate to delight in the Lord and most of those specifically relate to delight in God’s word. If you take delight in the Lord, He will tend to the desires of your heart. So does that mean He’ll give us everything we ask for in prayer? Not necessarily. The scripture doesn’t promise that God will give us everything we ask for, but it does say that He will
tend to the desires of our heart. And so we pray as we begin a new week:
Help us to trust you to know what we truly need, and to be content with the blessings you choose to send our way.”
✙ Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Residents of Barnet House - as they mourn the passing of their beloved friend / family member Mabel.
JoAnn McMinn – as she grieves the loss of her husband. May she find consolation in friends and family.
Lori Burton – May you fill her heart with your comfort, fill her body with your strength and her everyday with your rest.
Ron - Cousin of volunteer Camille Aveni, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. May he find consolation in God’s loving presence and for the doctors treating him.
David Quinn – Resident of the Barnet House as he mourns the loss of his sister. May he find comfort in God’s love.
Sr. Emily McMullen - friend of Sister Joan Gercke, for her recovery from a recent stroke
Ellen Sharkey – for a quick recovery from her injury. May she be surrounded by God’s healing presence
John Mazzoni - For your tender mercy during his time of illness and suffering.
James Ondimu Ochoki – For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
Jessica Brittain - 6th grader from Sparta for recovery from surgery and return to strength and health.
Gary – Cousin of Cheryl Slate, for strength in suffering and return to health
Lucy Cox- May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
Jack McCarthy- Father of Debbie McCarthy from the Gruenert Center. For a return to health.
Tara McKewen – as she seeks to discern the work she is being called to
Chuck Emering – Brother of Kris Bulas
, as he recovers from his injuries. For patience and endurance during his healing.
Wally Camacho - May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
Sharon Zuckerman - For strength and comfort as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer
Patrick Powis – Father of Art Powis
, for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
Anthony - a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
Rosa Bascietto – Mother of Joanne Rossi. That the love and respect of her family helps to sustain her and bring her joy.
Donald – Son of volunteer Barbara Mahler, may God watch over him during his illness
Colette – Sister of Julie Tatti for strength in suffering and improvement in health
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors. May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Rich McGinn – Husband of Gruenert Center staff member JoAnn McGinn
Mabel Robbins – Resident of the Barnet House
Desiree Forlenza – longtime resident of the DPD- Alexander House
Roseann Majuri – Sister of David Quinn of the Barnet House.
January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
This official day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.
January 26–Saints Timothy and Titus
What we know from the New Testament of Timothy’s life makes it sound like that of a modern harried bishop. He had the honor of being a fellow apostle with Paul, both sharing the privilege of preaching the gospel and suffering for it. Timothy was a convert of Paul around the year 47 and later joined him in his apostolic work. He was with Paul at the founding of the Church in Corinth. During the 15 years he worked with Paul, he became one of his most faithful and trusted friends. He was sent on difficult missions by Paul—often in the face of great disturbance in local churches which Paul had founded. Probably no surprise that he is the Patron Saint of stomach disorders!
Titus has the distinction of being a close friend and disciple of Paul as well as a fellow missionary. Titus is seen as a peacemaker, administrator, and great friend.
✙ January 28- St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church -
Patron Saint of universities and students.
Thomas Aquinas was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was nicknamed the "dumb ox" because of his silent ways and huge size, but he was really a brilliant student. He authored many works but most widely known for the “Summa Theologica” called a classic of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature. It is a summary, or manual of theology including the five arguments for the existence of God known as the "five ways”. Although incomplete, it contains approximately three thousand, five hundred pages.