For those so inclined, prayer request…

This week my friend Dannielle Brown could use your prayers as she wrestles this week with the one-year anniversary of her 21-year old son’s death; a death with a multitude of unanswered questions.  I ask that you each pray or pause for 40 seconds in recognition of his football number at Duquesne University.


From the hundreds of people packed into the stadium church at his funeral we saw the impact of your joy through Jamal. It’s clear he grew up in a faith-filled family and made witness to you on a daily basis. His early, tragic and mysterious death makes the loss more devastating.  

As his family faces the rawness of loss this week, along with his birthday, give them comfort through the legacy of his life. Help them see the ripple effect of his strength, kindness, humor and compassion.  

For his mother, continue to shore up her faith … 40 seconds to 40 minutes to 40 days at a time. Help her know she’s not in the wilderness alone.  To those who have information enable them find strength to bare their burdens and bring peace to all.  

Danni, when you can’t breathe, exhale and know I’ll take your pain for 40 and give you this in its place.

Romans 12:9-21. “… Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need…”



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