2006 Monthly Letter
just keeps happening! That is, God's surprises!
session for the Seasoned Saints always ends with a special
time of prayer. Each Saint brings a family photo. Each is
given a lit candle and instructed to hold up the photo in
one hand and the candle in the other.
The room lights are dimmed; I model a creative form of
praying Scriptures by placing the flame of the candle
in front of each individual family member pictured. Then with
my eyes purposely opened, I pray out loud for each, sometimes
placing the flame on the head, the heart, or the body of each
individual. The modeling is to demonstrate focusing our prayers
on each individual family member's need, as led by the Holy
example, with the candle flame centered on the head,
I may pray, "Father, John needs to make an important decision,
enlighten his mind by "teaching and instructing
him in the way he should choose." Psalms 32:8).
Or I may place the flame on a heart and pray, "Father,
my daughter Sue has drifted away from You. By Your Spirit
that caused the prodigal son "to come to his senses"
(Luke 15:17) so cause Sue to return to You."
with the flame on a body, "O Great Physician, my
husband, Scott, is afflicted with back pain, please release
Your healing power to flow through his body. Give him Your
"peace that passes understanding" (Philippians
4:7) and Your "joy in the midst of this physical trial"
(James 1:2). Or again on the body, "O Creator, I
focus my prayer on my daughter Deborah's womb. Thank You for
Your process of "forming and knitting together the inward
parts of this child in her womb." (Psalms 139:13)
I began I needed a family photo! On the table containing the
various items I use there was a photocopied church directory.
It contains 287 photos; 24 individual single sided sheets
of black and white photos, 12 per page. I quickly sorted through
them, selected a family photo of 3, cut it out, and held it
up with a lit candle to demonstrate the above procedure.
this is how we close the session. It was running over
time. As I finished demonstrating, who do you suppose walked
into the room at that moment? Yes, the same family of 3, a
dad, mom, and 8th grade daughter who were coming early for
the Family Night! Yes! Go figure the odds!
Saints were ready to go marching out, when the Spirit came
marching in! All of us were struck! I proceeded to call out
each of this family's names! They were amazed and asked, "Who
are you?" And "How did you know our names?" I introduced
myself and told them this story. This is how the Spirit started
the Weekend. You can only imagine what else occurred. Perhaps
in a future letter I will share some other great divine
appointments the Holy Spirit had with many other people,
including this family of 3. God is answering your prayers
for this Ministry!