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By Melonie Cannon

My first reaction to hearing difficult news is to run fast and far. Unfortunately, I cannot run fast and my stamina is about as long as it takes to unwrap a candy bar, so I must sit and mourn with the bad news instead. The last few weeks have produced an avalanche of hard things to hear. So much so, that when I sat in the Relief Society lesson on Sunday and listened to the lesson called The Master Healer, my mind kept going over and over what my friends have been going through and wondering what the Lord would do to heal their situations. Deaths, divorces, cancer, accidents, and chronic illness were a few that came to mind. The teacher said that sometimes the Lord doesn’t heal us immediately so we will draw closer to Him in the struggle and suffering. I thought about what I knew of the Lord. In the scriptures and in my memory of them, He always healed immediately. Does the Lord let us suffer on purpose because He sees a different picture than we do? Why does he sometimes say “yes” and sometimes say “no” or “not now?” Does our faith have a role in our healing? I know that He loves us and I have to place my trust in that. I received another phone call yesterday to ask for prayers for my friend’s young daughter. She has a growth in her throat that is paralyzing the vocal chords and growing. The doctors do not know what it is yet and they are scared. Would I pray? Being on my knees is the place where I feel strongest against the tide of suffering in the world.

As December begins and the world is wearing Christmas and more charity, I can’t help myself for feeling hope despite the difficult things. Julia, a Segullah staff member, posted this quote yesterday by Boyd K. Packer. “If you are helpless, He is not. If you are lost, He is not. If you don’t know what to do next, He knows. It would take a miracle, you say? Well, if it takes a miracle, why not?” Sometimes we need miracles. I want to make that happen.

Today I am doing something unusual on our blog and something I have never been more serious about. I am asking for a Segullah prayer call. I would like all our readers to list what they need prayers for today. Please post it in the comments. I am asking for all of us to join in prayers for each of the needs on our list. I cannot wait to do this! Together let’s call down angels. Here are some of my requests to start us off:

1) Angela, our Segullah sister, has a son who needs a bone marrow transplant. He needs a match and he also needs the transplant in the place that will be best for him. Please pray for Wyatt and their family.

2) Catherine, another Segullah staff member, has a brother-in-law who passed away unexpectedly. Please pray for his little family and for their comfort.

3) Please pray for Giorgia, my friends’ daughter, to be healed from whatever is causing paralysis of her vocal chords and for the doctors to find answers.

4) Please pray for Mary Jane and her complete healing and support as her only daughter and granddaughters were killed by her son-in-law who then killed himself. Pray for his soul.

5) Please pray for A. whose husband has divorced her and whose children have lost their way.

6) Please pray for E. as her husband has left her with seven children.

7) Pray for A. who is making huge decisions regarding her marriage. Help her to know God’s will for her.

8) Please pray for W. who is in chronic pain and whose marriage and children are suffering. Pray for her to be healed so they can all move forward.

9) Please pray for comfort of the Mahe family who lost their little daughter.
What are your needs today?

About Melonie Cannon

Melonie has surrounded herself with beautiful words for as long as she can remember. This led her to find a home with Segullah after writing an essay published in the May 2006 Segullah issue. She was invited to join the staff and has been a part of Segullah in various capacities since, including being the creator of the “Words Fall In” podcast.  She received her M.Ed from the University of Utah and was a certified Secondary English teacher before becoming a Mom of four. Over the years, her focus has been on natural healing modalities and becoming a sacred sound healing practitioner with a focus on the drum, rhythm, voice, and vibration. She is finishing her PH.D. in theology and metaphysics to further these studies and help women to connect to the divine within themselves.

7 thoughts on “A CALL TO PRAYER”

  1. I'm so glad I didn't miss this Melonie. I love you. Thank you for keeping Steve's precious family in your heart and in your prayers. I know prayer changes things, helps us see the Lord working among us. I love you.

  2. What a beautiful post! What an amazing way to start my morning praying for all of those people! My heart breaks for all of the pain and suffering of so many close to us. It seems there's so much! I Leave a prayer request for my son Isaac who is having surgery tomorrow on his foot where they have to cut his tibia to access the point that needs the surgery. Prayers that it will go successfully so he can get back to work and continue to provide for himself.

  3. Thank you, I love this!! I could use some prayers for a (many) good night's sleep. My 8-month-old has yet to sleep through the night and has become more and more clingy (separation anxiety rearing its ugly head). Neither of these things did I experience with my other children. Being so fatigued has me on the verge of depression. My husband has been ill for weeks, no known cause, and it is taking its toll on all, despite repeated dr visits to find an answer. My middle son has been struggling with sudden car sickness, even on short drives, making the smallest trips difficult, and the longer ones unbearable. I am managing multiple chronic illnesses and was just put into my second Primary calling with a class full of special needs children. It is taxing.
    I would ask for prayers for A and H who are struggling with their testimonies.
    Prayers for A who is missing her baby boy that she delivered too soon last year.
    Prayers for A, T, and F, who are dealing with F's new health diagnosis and many other hardships.
    Prayers for A, who is having major surgery next week and is both sad and scared.
    Prayers for the Tate family, who have brought their baby boy home to die from brain cancer at this Christmas time.
    Thank you, again. I will pray for all on this list, and many more.

  4. I would ask for prayers for my friend A, and her family. Her husband is undergoing chemo for a rare form of cancer, and her daughter has asthma that is barely controlled, and they spent most of last week in the intensive care unit. I would also ask for prayers for C and for D, that they will come back to the church.

    Thank you.


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