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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Prayer Partners

(Last opportunity for this cycle!)

Dear RevGalBlogPals,

We often highlight requests for prayer in the context of doing web ring round-ups, and it occured to me that perhaps we are being called to more conscientious prayer for one another. I would like to suggest that we try setting up a system of Prayer Partners. Each interested ring member would be given another ring member's name, and you would pray for that person. Meanwhile, someone else will be praying for you. And, yes, you will probably end up praying for the person who is praying for you, too. But my thought is that you have one praying person who is responsible for you, and one person for whom you are responsible to pray, perhaps making it easier to share a particular need.

It would work this way:

1) Send me your name if you are interested. (revsongbird@gmail.com)

2) I will develop a list of those who contact me.

3) I will give you the names and e-mail addresses of both your "pray-er" and your "pray-ee."

4) The extent to which the "pray-ee" shares specific information or needs will be up to the individual, but the "pray-er" will commit to hold your "pray-ee" in prayer whether you or not you are aware of immediate concerns.

Edited to Add: Thirty people have signed up for Prayer Partners thus far. I will have time on Friday to do the match-ups and send out the contact information. If you would like to sign up, please send me an e-mail by Friday morning.

I am suggesting this will be a three-month commitment, at which time we will re-evaluate and perhaps change partners. How does that sound?

Questions? Comments? You may leave those here.

Faithfully,
Songbird

24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful and inspired idea...sending you my e-mail etc

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  2. Would it be simpler to organize if we simply had one partner, and prayed for each other?

    This is so exciting! And I think another essential part of our virtual life together.

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  3. Good question, Katherine!
    My thinking is that since we are a community of caregivers, for the most part, we might be inclined to hold back in an effort to take care of the partner instead of acknowledging our own needs. I also like the idea of making two connections. But if it becomes unwieldy and I need to make an adjustment, I'll let you all know.

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  4. I'm so glad you had this idea, Songbird! Or that it was given you. I'm emailing now.

    :) MB

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  5. It was definitely given! In the middle of the night, as so many of these gifts seem to be...

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  6. Oh YES!!!!!! Wonderful idea :-)

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  7. Sounds like a great idea! I'm in

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  8. Great idea. I like the idea of pray-er and pray-ee. Have you thought about setting an end date - perhaps after a month, two or three? E-mailing my info in a moment...

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  9. Ooh, yes, I do like your idea, Rev. Songbird. Multiple connections is great.

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  10. HI I LOVE this (oops shouting)

    I think it's great that we pray for a different person than the one who prays for us. Hard to explain why... but I think it's better.

    I also like the idea of this being for a fixed time.

    At the end we could review - and perhaps re-start with new prayer partners.

    I think it would be good to agree guidelines too. For safety. Confidentiality is important .

    But I'm very happy to be part of this. email on it's way.

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  11. At this moment, we have twenty participants. I'm going to re-post this at the top and give it another day or two. Thank you all for your suggestions.

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  12. I'm in, too. Late, of course, but that's typical...

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  13. Okay, I'm in too. Can't have too much prayer...both coming in and going out. :-)

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  15. Thank you for all your hard work !!!

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  16. Please sign me up for Prayer Partners.

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