This is a bit off-topic, but I know you folks, and so, rather than go to Prayer Requests where I am unknown [for obvious reasons]:
I have a close friend who has been diagnosed with fairly advanced cancer, and begins chemotherapy soon. Both she and her husband are exceptional people. Having, in first marriages, raised families, after they married each other they adopted two girls with Down's Syndrome [they were both well past 40 at the time; raising anyone at that age is not easy, let alone two with disabilities] who are now teenagers. I don't think the girls can comprehend that Mother is sick and might not recover and I'm not sure that their father can cope on his own [he's about 70 and not in the best of health himself]
The Jewish custom is to recite psalms for the ill person, as well as praying for a complete recovery. If anyone here would be willing to do so, I would appreciate it. The psalms should be dedicated to Aviva bat [daughter of] Sara.
Thanks a lot. This is a non-denominal request, I think <g>
2 (1) May Adonai answer you in times of distress, may the name of the God of Ya‘akov protect you. 3 (2) May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Tziyon. 4 (3) May he be reminded by all your grain offerings and accept the fat of your burnt offerings. (Selah) 5 (4) May he grant you your heart’s desire and bring all your plans to success.
6 (5) Then we will shout for joy at your victory and fly our flags in the name of our God. May Adonai fulfill all your requests.
7 (6) Now I know that Adonai gives victory to his anointed one — he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
8 (7) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we praise the name of Adonai our God. 9 (8) They will crumple and fall, but we will arise and stand erect.
10 (9) Give victory, Adonai! Let the King answer us the day we call.
Psalm 6[a]For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.[b] A psalm of David.
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. 7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.