A brief bulletin

I have been ill with flu and depression, and have got no writing of any value done lately. The most I have been able to do is amuse myself by pottering about with background stuff of at best questionable utility.

In the midst of this, I was woken last night by a phone call: My father, who is 87 and in an advanced state of dementia, is now in hospital with pneumonia. As often happens in such cases, he cannot swallow liquids without aspirating them, so can only be fed or medicated intravenously, and he has water in his lungs. He is not expected to survive.

I would be most grateful if any of my readers were to pray for him, and for my family generally.


  1. Almighty and merciful God, look graciously upon your servant, his father and his family. They rest underneath your mighty wings of love and we know there is healing in your touch. Through the sufferings of Christ we ask for mercy, comfort, and restoration for them. We trust in your goodness, our Savior, healer and friend.


  2. Almighty and merciful Father, through the power of your Word, Our Lord Jesus Christ, drive away from Tom Simon and his father all forms of sickness and disease. Restore strength to them and joy to their spirits, so that in renewed health, they may bless and serve you, now and forevermore.

  3. Dear Tom,

    I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost mine this August. He was 91. I am praying for you, your father, and your family. May God be with you and grant you the strength you will need, and the certainty of His love through it all.


  4. Done.

    Sorry to hear.

    So many folks I know losing people right now…..

  5. Thank you all very much.

  6. Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;
    Lord, hear my cry!
    May your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.
    If you, LORD, keep account of sins,
    Lord, who can stand?
    4But with you is forgiveness
    and so you are revered.
    I wait for the LORD,
    my soul waits
    and I hope for his word.
    My soul looks for the Lord
    more than sentinels for daybreak.
    More than sentinels for daybreak,
    let Israel hope in the LORD,
    For with the LORD is mercy,
    with him is plenteous redemption,
    And he will redeem Israel
    from all its sins

  7. luckymarty says

    I will also remember your father and his family. God bless.

  8. Praying…

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