For today, I ask that prayers continue for my wife, for family and for the situation in general and all those involved.
For now, I'm praying for patience and wisdom and today's gospel has provided me with at least a small moment of solace:
There was a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
While we wait with much prayer for a hopeful resolution may we be blessed with Anna's patience and rewarded with the joy of witnessing that redemption that Christ brings to us all. We pray especially for this situation that we find ourselves in and ask that it be resolved safely and swiftly. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.