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Monday, January 26, 2009

Prayer requests, now with an added dose of urgency!

I'm at it again. But now it's gotten REALLY serious.

1- I remain inexpressively grateful for all the prayers and Masses on my behalf. You are all in my prayers.

2- As you may remember, the current economic mess pretty much has me straight in the crosshairs. Ground zero, if you will.

(My prayer life, though, is a LOT stronger, and I pray that my heart will be as filled and eager to come to God in praise and thanksgiving as it is to come filled with petition and supplication.)

Since, unfortunately, my business has developed, over the last few years, a greater and greater exposure to commercial real estate in southwest Florida things are looking pretty grim.

We have three major projects out there and if only ONE of those were to come through we should be able to get through this year. I'm not looking for untold wealth, I just want to be able to meet my obligations to my clients and pay my bills and feed my family, pay for all the schooling and care my kids need (especially my youngest with autism) and take care of my dad with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Last time I said things were not yet dire, but it was getting closer.

Well. It got closer a WHOLE LOT faster than anticipated. The client on whom we counted to for the bulk of our income "until things straightened out" just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Effectively, our cash flow has stopped and will not resume for an expected 3 months.

There are, praise God, some opportunities for us to get out from the very severe financial stress we are facing. There is a glimmer of hope and we cling prayerfully to that hope.

3- Therefore I am asking, as humbly as I can, for your prayers that we may be delivered from the severe financial stress under which we find ourselves. If you can manage to get "scrunchy-faced" that would be appreciated, and some pious perspiration might not be out of place. If any of the priests reading this would say a Mass (yet again) for these intentions, that -- as the highest form of prayer we have -- would be even better.

4- I am confidently and prayerfully placing these matters in the hands of Our Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady, His Immaculate Mother, Mary. Pray I may receive His guidance on how to proceed and His providence in doing so.

5- I am not someone given to stress easily, or worry, or fear. But this is different. As a husband and father, being unable to provide for my family is a searing emotional and spiritual trial.

I will never -- at least not this side of Heaven -- be able to adequately express my gratitude to all of you for what you have done and are doing on my/our behalf. Please know said gratitude, however imperfectly expressed, is thorough and complete.

Confidently in Christ, through Mary,

-J.

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