31 Days, 31 Ways, 2 Pray 4 Families Dealing with Mental Illness

Your Healing and Wholeness Committee wishes you all God's blessings in the New Year!  

We're starting out 2022 with a month spent praying together: privately, as a family, and as a congregation. The theme for January will be "31 Days, 31 Ways 2 Pray 4 Families," from author Catherine P. Downing. She writes from her strong base of Christian faith and a mother whose son has a chronic and serious mental illness. 

Her introduction to this exercise explains it best:
"Families who walk alongside their loved ones in the labyrinths of mental illnesses are often hesitant to ask for prayer. They might feel others will judge them or their loves one, offer uninformed advice or initiate the gossip chain. But friends who observe or are aware of their journey don't necessarily need specific details to pray effectively."

Please join us in a daily prayer you will find on the Light of Christ Facebook page, in a daily email, or on our website (click here for devotion). There will be printed copies of the entire month of prayers in the Narthex for you to take home, as you desire. This theme will also be featured in our Sunday services.

If you or someone you love lives through the ups and downs of mental illness, we pray for healing and peace that comes from nurturing and being rooted in our faith and trust in our God.  

Catherine Downing wrote a blog on sparksofredemptpivegrace.com called Mental Illness, Prayer and Extravagant Grace in which she shares her four personal prayer principles. We will highlight one each week of the month.  

John 17:33: (Jesus) "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."  Amen!

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