He Hears Our Prayers


There are 10 inches of snow outside my front steps. It's mid-March. Surreal.


The entire month has felt surreal so far, so why not big snow in Virginia in March? Sure; why not?

Thank you for your thoughts and kind words last week. I've shared them with Michael. If only everyone could know Jesus the way Shawn knew Him! To me, that's the legacy he left: the inspiration, the urgency to know Christ and to make Him known.

Yesterday's Gospel has us on Mount Tabor with Christ. Well, ideally, it has us there. But some of us are still climbing. I can see Him there, when I look up as I climb. He's there and He gives us a glimpse of heaven.  But if I glance down? If I see where I was and I begin to lose my footing. 


Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, 
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; 
his face shone like the sun 
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, 
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here, 
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, 
then from the cloud came a voice that said, 
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes, 
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone 
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Matthew 17:1-9


Jesus, through his Transfiguration, shows us a little spark of the eternal bliss that is awaiting us. Our Lord is transfigured to make us desire eternal happiness in its entirety. ~St. Francis de Sales

And this: But I’m here to say that God is sovereign and good. When I can see the good. And when I can’t see the good. ~Shawn Kuykendall


Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

(St. Patrick's Breastplate)



Today, look for the good. Look up! See the good. Write it down. Count the blessings. Every single one.


How can I pray for you this week?


  1. says

    I could really use prayers (and advice too) on disciplining my 3 and 6yr old boys. With the new baby their behavior has gotten out of control and I am at my wit’s end. Thank you. Will hold your family and Shawn and his loved ones in my prayers.

  2. Melissa G says

    I prayed for you and your family as I was shoveling our driveway this morning. Like you, my husband has missed every. single. snowstorm. thanks to business trips to LA.
    I’d really appreciate prayers for a special intention related to my children.

  3. Lavaida says

    Prayers needed for my mother-in-law who is fighting neural cancer which has spread to lungs and lymph nodes. She is having gamma knife treatments and radiation.
    thank you,

  4. Lisa says

    Prayers are needed for my cousin Shaun. He was in a car accident on Saturday and has bleeding (and now a clot) in his brain; he is in an induced coma for at least a few days.

  5. Cathy says

    For the repose of the soul of Kyle VerMaas a 20year old who died of influenza
    complications. Please pray for consolation and peace for his parents and younger brother. Many thanks!

  6. Patty says

    For the healing of a young college student who was assaulted on campus by “friends of a friend”. He is home now after spending some time in the hospital. Please also pray for the assailant and his accessory, who are facing felony assault charges and will likely have some type of police record for years, and for all parents involved. Thank you!

  7. Rachel says

    Please pray for my marriage and children. My husband has left our home and appears to be having a mental,breakdown. Please ask Jesus to protect him, heal him and send him home. Thank you

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