But you, O LORD, are my shield; my glory, you lift up my head! When I call out to the LORD, he answers me from his holy mountain.

I am thinking of the letter “J” today.

For my brother “J”ohn who is traveling in India.  Safe travels my brother.

For my brother “J”im who finally has a Superbowl to celebrate with the Kansas Chiefs victory last night.  Jim, half a beer, half a glass of tomato juice and a bottle of aspirin should help…

For Donald “J”…oh man, I love ya bro, but the great state of Kansas?

For my Aunt “J”ackie, who is fighting cancer and was moved to ICU in order to help her battle with pneumonia now.

For my Uncle “J”im whose whole world is my Aunt Jackie, stay strong Uncle Jim.

For my cousins “J”ulie, “J”ennifer, “J”im and “J”eff – and to their spouses and children – again, I’m praying for all of you and for your Mom and Dad.  Be strong in this battle.

For my brother “J”ay and his wife Cheri as they prepare to battle cancer together.  Jay be strong for you bride and your children.  Cheri know that you have the love and support of all your family in this fight.

For Fr. “J”ack and his family at the loss of their father and husband.  At the funeral Mass on Saturday, Fr. Jack gave the best homily I’ve heard him give, honoring his fathers life and his fathers faith in God.

For “J”esus – who is the source and summit of all my thoughts this morning.  Jesus, I ask that you remember especially these people mentioned above who are in special need of your assistance.  It was You who implored us to knock so the door can be opened; to ask in order to receive; to trust in You.  So this morning, I’m knocking at Your door; I’m asking for Your assistance.  We place all our trust in You and Your Father and Your Spirit.

Do something great for our Lord today – pray for the “J”‘s in your life.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

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