Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 14:56:20 EDT
Subject: From John's sister Nancy
To: Friends of John Chipura

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who don't know me, I am John's sister Nancy. I found this e-mail in my e-mail files. It is an e-mail that John sent out on 6/18/01. The title is "Take Time to Pray." I am sending this e-mail for 2 reasons. One is as a reminder to everyone that John sent this e-mail because he believed in it and was not afraid to send it to his friends and family. The second reason is that you were all an important part of John's life. Some of the e-mail addresses I recognize but a lot of them I don't. I am sending this out so that those of you who have not been able to contact John will be able to contact me and John's family.

This is a very difficult time for us all. As we wait & pray for news on John, it is important to know that none of us are alone. We have each other. And, during this very difficult time, we have our memories of John. Please share your memories with us. John has touched so many lives in so many different ways. Some of you were in the Marines with John. Others shared his life as a policeman or firefighter. All of you were his friends. Please feel free to e-mail me at:

I pray that the Lord gives us all strength to get through this very difficult time.


Subj: Fwd: FW: Take Time to Pray
Date: 06/18/01 1:25:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: John Chipura
To: Friends

Let us pray.

Relax and let God be the only Person on your mind while you read this Prayer. If we can take the time to read long jokes, stories, etc., we should give the same respect to this prayer.

Friends that Pray together, stay together.

Let's pray...

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I Thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for I have sinned. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Keep me safe from all danger and harm. Let me start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day and give my best in all that is put before me. Clear my mind that I can hear from You. Broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God. And when this world closes in on me, let me remember to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Thy Will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.

I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way.

I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood.

I pray for those who refuse to share a word from You.

I pray for those who don't know You intimately.

I pray for those that will only read this and not speak this aloud in their own lives.

I pray for those that will delete this without sharing it with others.

I pray for those that don't believe. But I thank you that I believe that God changes people and God changes things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt & all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every Battle is in His hands for Him to fight.

I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

This is my prayer. Amen.

Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me," I will be ashamed of you before my Father. "If you're Not ashamed Pass this on . But only if you mean it.

Yes, I do Love God. He is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and everyday. Without Him, I will be nothing. Without him, I am nothing but with Him I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. (Phil 4:13). This is the simplest test . . if you Love God, and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things he has done for you.