PRAYERS
For everyone, for anyone, at all times. Feel welcome, please. Below, snow-covered Liberty Island in New York City, January 5, 2018.
 

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Paul Saevig, ‘67 on January 7, 2018 at 10:23 PM said:

Friends, now we’re well into another cycle of catastrophic weather for many parts of the nation, including the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard, and our own Calfornia shores and fire-devastated areas where the earth is bare and scorched, with rain coming.

May I ask you to pray or keep in mind all those Lancers and families in affected areas, please? They need our moral and spiritual support.

Thanks.
Paul Saevig, ‘67 on December 6, 2017 at 10:27 AM said:

This week I pray for all those affected by the fires up and down California. I pray for their horses and other pets, too. At least one ‘60s Lancer lives in one fire area.

I pray for the firefighters, the emergency service people, the police, hospital workers, doctors, nurses, crisis counselors, and all those working to defeat this disaster and bring comfort to the afflicted. Thank you, and amen.
Andy Wendland 67 on July 19, 2011 at 8:32 AM said:

Will definitely be saying prayers for your friends Paul.Right now we're on our knees quite often praying for my mother in law who is very ill.Miracles can happen but you must ask for them and pray that they will come true.
Jeff Nix on July 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM said:

Absolutely. May God help them all.
Paul Saevig, '67 on July 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM said:

Two of my best friends -- one with esophageal cancer, and the other with intractable pain from several sources. Lord, please grant them strength and see them through their ordeals.

For all our parents and family members, too, and for all Lancers in need. Amen.

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Classmates, getting older is an increasingly pressing reminder of the finiteness of life on earth, isn’t it? At the most unexpected moments we’re reminded of how precious our friendships and acquaintances have been for as long as we’ve had them. 

 

We may also discern that people we never knew have been important to us, through our friends who knew them, and through being around these people at school and college, at work or in church, at parties or in recreation, in the armed services, or at reunions, or otherwise. They influenced us in ways we never counted. 

 

It’s a peculiarity of human nature that we can also come to these realizations when it’s too late, or seems too late, but I don’t think it ever really is. The gyres, wheels and pulleys of our memory may only shift and offer a revelation of how helpful, comforting, enjoyable or dear someone was to us when he or she is gone. 

 

What we’ve meant to others and our love for them never dies, but lives within us always. Every one of us could offer a long list of such people, including our Sunny Hills High School friends, acquaintances, neighbors, teammates and friends of friends. 

 

In the midst of life, then, I ask you all to pray for those whose final days on earth are drawing near, and for those who deal with an illness, a condition or a predicament of distress, fatal or not. Most of the time, and especially about those traveling the final corridors of their mortality, we don’t know, and may have no idea at all. Maybe it’s better that way. Who can say? 

 

If you’d prefer not to pray, please keep all of us in your heart, in sickness and in health. There is power in all of us together that way. 

 

Thank you.