Monday, April 25, 2011

Matters of the Heart and a request for prayer


Big hearts. My parents both had/have them. I lost my mom to cancer, six years ago. She was a darling with a huge heart for her kids and an even bigger heart for my dad. They were married 55 years.

Then there is my dad. He has a pastoral heart. Even after so many years of ministry, in different countries as a missionary and in different churches as a pastor and now even in his "retirement", he is and always will be a pastor at heart.

 Dad still, at age 82, is performing occasional weddings and funerals. On Easter Sunday, he spoke several times at the jail, where he also visits twice a week. He prays . . . every morning for our family, friends and missionaries and ministries around the world.


Dad has been happily married for the past five years to Dorothy. You guessed it, he could not marry anyone who also did not have a big heart. These two are both in their 80's and in the few years they have been married, they have travelled to Mexico to train pastors, hiked the mountains of Nepal to train pastors and done a research trip to Viet Nam.



I miss living only 5 hours away from dad and the rest of my big family.


So, what is the request for prayer?


Dad's amazing big heart has a weakened aortic valve. On May 4, he is having open heart surgery to have it replaced. Even the biggest of hearts can have issues.

Every morning of my life as a kid, and every morning that I visit my dad's home, I wake up to the sound of my dad's voice in prayer . . . if you know him, he has probably prayed for you.

I would love to ask you to turn the tables here and pray for this pray-er. The doctor's are happy to be operating on an 82 year old that is in great shape. But I would love to surround Glenn, (pastor, missionary, dad, pray-er etc.) with tons of prayer for the surgery and recovery period.

Would you pray?



Linking to the Soli sisters (who pray.)

60 comments:

  1. We will absolutely pray for your dad Glenda!

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  2. You bet I'll hold him in prayer. How could I not - after reading what a great heart he has. He sounds like my own dad. Please let him know that prayers are going up for him in Croatia. (you seriously tugged my heartstrings, you know...wow, I am choking back the tears)

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  3. Oh, yes, I will pray for your daddy! I am marking it on my calendar so I remember. May his heart continue to beat strong so to teach other hearts to follow Him!

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  4. Glenda
    I will be such a prayer warrior for your daddy. Sending love, prayers and hugs from Cali

    xoxo
    Kate

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  5. Thanks for sharing this request. Your Dad is wonderful and I'll be glad to pray for him. Please keep us posted after the surgery.
    Cathie

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  6. I will be praying for your dad! Keep us updated!

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  7. Oh Glenda,
    My eyes are filled with tears. I will be one my knees in these mornings like him with my quilt over me asking the Lord to give he and Dorothy peace, strength and a good outcome.
    With love for your precious family,
    Connie

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  8. Yes, of course.

    Thanks for letting us in. It's funny. In my post today, I talked about prayer, and I hoped some readers would share requests. You were the first person I clicked on today, and look. . .I will be praying for you Dad and your family, Glenda.

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  9. Lifting him up in prayer right now. :)

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  10. Absolutely--prayers for your dad, those who love him and those who treat him!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  11. You got it, friend. I am so happy to pray for you and your dad.

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  12. Glenda,

    your dad sounds amazing--what a legacy of faith. My dad also has heart issues, so this hits home. I'm praying for him right now. May your heart be at rest.

    Mel

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  13. What a privilege to pray for such a servant of GOD...thank you for sharing...please let us know how he's doing

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  14. Glenda,

    Thanks for sharing. Loves the photos. Will be praying for your dad and the team of doctors and nurses.

    -donna

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  15. Glenda - we will be praying, now in the days leading up to the surgery and for God's presence and peace as he goes through it. Sending love, Rita

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  16. Yes, your dad has prayed for me. I remember it well. I will keep him lifted up. What a dear Saint he is.
    Luann

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  17. Oh, Lord - cradle this dear servant of yours in your loving arms and grant him and his entire family peace as they await this surgery. Give the medical team superhuman wisdom and skill and bring rapid, sure healing. Thank you for his life and witness!

    And bless you, Glenda, for sharing this lovely story and inviting our prayers for your dad!

    Diana @ http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com

    Many blessings!

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  18. I love this sweet combination of friends that will pray. Some are blogging friends, some know my dad, some just know me . . . but all praying. Thank you so much.

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  19. What a wonderful heritage you have come from. How inspiring all that your dad has continued to do all his days.

    Yes, I will certainly be praying for you and your dad and his biggest of hearts.

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  20. Most definitely! It will be a privilege to pray for your dad, Glenda.God bless.

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  21. Aww, what a precious looking man! He looks very strong in your pictures! Sounds like he lives live to the full. I echo what Vilisi said, it would be a privilege to pray for your dad, who I take it, you are named after! :) Blessings!

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  22. I am a Daddy's girl too...and the older I get the more I think about his not being immortal...er, ha! My heart "feels ya" and I WILL be praying for your Dad...I put it on my calendar. Glenda's Dad's surgery! )))HUGS(((

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  23. wow...so inspiring...thanks for sharing such a beautiful story.

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  24. But, of course! I will pray begining now.

    We have another thing in common....our Dads. My Dad is now in Heaven, though. Dad was a Pastor till the day he left this earth. He was a pray-er too. He prayed everyday for his family and others by name. He extended mercy, grace, and love to so many people.

    I pray that you, your Dad, and those surrounding him near and far, will feel a peace that is beyond all understanding =)

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  25. Yes, I will be praying! My mom passed away 4yrs. ago. She loved people and conversation! There is a good chance she has been talking to your mom, and perhaps they have chatting about husbands with big hearts! :)
    Blessings today for a peaceful heart!

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  26. How sweet of you to share your love for your father here ( of course that is what you are usually doing as regards your heavenly father). I read this post last night and rather than make promises I may or may not keep I did not leave you a note...but now say good morning and can say that in the hour before light as I sorted things in prayer, I was reminded of your father's smiling face and yours too.

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  27. Look, I had to go down such a long list of people who are going to pray for you, just to tell you that I will be praying too!
    I love you, my darling friend.
    Heidi

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  28. Loved this post, Glenda! What a sweet Dad you have. What an incredible testimony he has! I'll definitely be praying for him as he has his surgery on the 4th. May the Lord give the surgeon's hands the necessary skill they need and give your Dad abundant strength and energy for a complete recovery. God bless!

    Also wanted to respond to your comment over at Life Lessons: I love visualizing the stories in God's Word! They were real people just like you and me with shortcomings and needs. They had the same all-powerful, God that we do - and that makes all the difference! Have a wonderful week. God bless!

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  29. Oh Glenda...My father had this operation done and yes, it was a bit fearful for the final outcome.

    But Glenda, your father is in complete peace to have this procedure done. Knowing all that you have shared, tells me that your dad belongs to Our Savior completely and utterly.

    Going through it will be unnerving, yes, for you and for his lovely wife, but I believe that your dad is at peace.

    My prayers for your and your lovely family, for Our Lord's glory to shine through it all. That He guides the hands of the doctors and that His Will will be done!

    Be blessed Glenda and be at peace knowing that He is in complete control!

    Maria.

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  30. Wow, healing blessings on your dad! Love the story of his life and all the incredible things he's done with the Lords help. The Lord knows what's left for your dad to do in this life and His hands are on the steering wheel good and solid. Peace to you and your family as you do the harder part of waiting.

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  31. What a beautiful
    person your father
    is....He sounds so
    special and how
    wonderful that he
    found Dorothy and
    continues to live
    life with such HEART.
    Sending 'lots of
    prayers his way as
    well as to those who
    love him!
    xx Suzanne

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  32. Of course! Praying for you and him.

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  33. Your father sounds like a wonderful person. I have put it on my calendar and we'll be praying!

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  34. Of course I will pray. I started as soon as I read about your father. He sounds like an amazing man....he must be to have raised a daughter like you.

    Sarahx

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  35. I went through the same thing with my dad several years ago. Such a scary thing. I will definitely lift your dad up right now!

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  36. Oh, Glenda -- I'll be praying for this pray-er and for peace for you during this time. What a legacy he's given you!

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  37. Glenda, I will definitely be praying for your dad's surgery. What an incredible man you have for a father... such a blessing!

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  38. Glenda, I will be consider it an honor to pray for your Dad. God bless you and your family!

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  39. I will be praying for your Dad. What an awesome example of faith that you have had witness too.

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  40. You've got a Glenda! I will be praying for your Dad. Please keep us updated.

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  41. Glenda I will absolutely add your sweet dad to my prayers and healing thoughts go out to him:)

    Barb

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  42. Carolyn UnderhillApril 27, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Glenda...Thank you so much for gathering all of us in a Great Chorus of prayer for your Dad. We have known and loved Glenn's "Big Heart" for years as it has taken him around the world and back to Spokane many times. We will absolutely pray..(I'm writing the calendar date on my calendar when I'm finished here)and wait to hear the good word post -surgery. What parents God gave you! What parents you are! My last posting about 1st Peter will include verse 5:10, "...the God of all Grace..will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." This is my prayer for your Dad and you. Carolyn

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  43. My heart is full to overflowing . . . thank you. I will keep you updated.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  44. What a precious man! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your dad's life. I completely see why you love him so dearly.
    I found you through the Finding Heaven Blog Hop. I am now following you through Google Friend Connect.
    Blessings...

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  45. I will be thinkiing of your dad, and praying,too.

    What a great man, and so glad he found happiness in his 80's.

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  46. Praying now, for the days before the operation, for the day of the operation and for the days afterwards.

    God Bless - Nita

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  47. Praying for all of you

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  48. I'll pray for your dad that day. I'm having a biopsy that day so that will keep my mind on something else.

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  49. Glenda, you have my promise. I also pray with a group of women and I will ask them to pray for your dad as well. Take care. Blessings...Mary

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  50. Oh Glenda! How beautiful this is...you know, i cry, since my dad has the biggest praying heart, lost his wife to cancer (nearly 40 yrs. married) almost 9 years ago and 11.5 years ago had open heart surgery--except he hasn't traveled so. and then my praying grandma nearly 98 years old whose HUGE heart is finally failing...

    your Dad sounds so amazing! what an incredible legacy and blessing to the world he is! I will be praying and we are all so thankful to have you in our lives and are privileged to pray for him!:)

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  51. Glenda,

    I know that you know that Glenn & Hallie stories are hugely encouraging to me and the Lord often calls back to mind the stories of faithfulness in their lives that I have heard from you, Christy and Jenny over the years.

    I consider it an honor to pray for my brother, Glenn.

    Hugs and prayers for his daughter and granddaughters too.
    I know how hard it can be to have someone you love to go through major surgery like this.

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  52. That first image is such a wonderful picture of your parents!!!

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  53. Hi Glenda,
    I came over to see how you would celebrate the Royal wedding day (morning) and saw this prayer request post as I scrolled down. May 2nd is around the corner and I will be sure to pen it on my calendar and pray for your dad's surgery. Even though I don't know you but reading your parents' story as missionary in VN and his morning prayers faithfulness have engraved a picture in my head a man of God. Every time we (my friends and I) talk about missionaries, I always mention your parents story as if I "know" them.
    May peace be with you as the surgery day is drawing closer.

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  54. Oops! I meant May 4th. I corrected my penning on the calendar.

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  55. Your dad sounds like an amazing man of God! I will be praying for him. I will also be praying for peace of mind and heart for you and the rest of your family. So thankful God hears and God answers!

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  56. Glenda, I fell in love with your mom and now, your dad. I am praying for him now and will pray for him tomorrow. I pray that your dad feels the Father's great love and comes through with a healthy heart to keep ministering and loving for many more years. It's an honor to pray. Thanks for sharing him :)

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  57. An amazingly rich heritage you have; what a blessing and gift from God, Glenda. I'm catching up on my commenting and wanted you to know I was praying.

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