Prayer for Philip to recite on Dec 7 @ 7pm

Dear G-d,

Please watch over our beloved Philip as he lies in innocent slumber, with the purest of souls…

With broken hearts we watch as liver disease robs him of his well-being, his health, his dignity, his consciousness, his life…

He makes small movements…. communicating in minute fashion to let his Mother know he feels her presence.

What is it about the human spirit that wants to soar even when the ugly face of illness attempts to drag it down?

We struggle to understand why this dear, sweet soul must suffer …

The pain of anguished parents’ hearts as they hover over their beloved child…

Ready to protect, defend, love… to give up their own life so that their child might live his.

What gives parents the strength to persevere as their child , devastated by disease, seems to slip away more and more each moment…all control over his well-being slipping through their own hands.

It is You, G-d, who we turn to for that strength… for without our faith, all hope would be lost…taking with it all dreams for good things to come.

Dear G-d, as we gather in common bond and prayer to plead for Phil’s life, please hear our prayers and supplication.

Do not abandon Philip .. Send him your healing love… he needs it now more than ever.



  1. Sarah Malka/Sheila Margolis

    Would anyone like to join me at my home to recite this prayer together — arrive around 6:50 p.m. to recite at 7:00? No need to let me know you are coming but if you need my address, please call me at 704-366-1852 or 803-487-0241; please leave a message if I do not answer and I will get back to you by 6:20 p.m. or before. Sarah Malka/Sheila Margolis

  2. Dear Phil,
    I am very sorry to hear of your predicament and I pray that you will get well soon. I am very sorry about the difficulties in getting the liver and other problems with treatment that you are having. I know that you will manage to get through this along with your family as you have gone through so much before.


  3. Sarah Malka & Larry

    Our prayers continue for a refuah shleimah for Pesach Yaakov ben Raiza Pesha! May Hashem give Pesach Yaakov ben Raiza Pesha many more years of light in this world to continue to bring Hashem’s holiness and light into this world.

  4. Sarah Malka & Larry

    Our prayers continue for a refuah shleimah for Pesach Yaakov ben Raiza Pesha! May Hashem give Pesach Yaakov ben Raiza Pesha many more years of life in this world to continue to bring Hashem’s holiness and light into this world.

  5. Randy and Shelly,

    My parents just left after a rough visit, and I had missed your latest comments. We are heartbroken to read of your struggle. We are not losing hope in Hashem. Pesach Yaakov ben Raiza Pesh is in our every thought and prayer. He has persevered so many times, and has shown us optimism when we were doubtful. We are sending all our strength and love to your entire family.
    Love Jocie and Henry

  6. Dear Randy and Shelly,
    We certainly will pray tonight again for Phil’s very own Chanukah miracle to happen right now!

  7. Dearest Sperlings,
    It is with love and devotion that we have prayed every day for the peace, comfort and love from G-d that you all and Philip need so much at this time. At exactly 7:00 PM I will be with a small group of women and we will pray for those very things in union with all those who Phil has touched and changed forever. Feel our love, and may hashem hear our prayers at this time. We love you and have you in our hearts and our minds. Julie & Maggie

  8. Our prayers are with Phil, and with all of you.

  9. We will recite this with all our hearts at 7 p.m. and pray that G-d will be with him.
    Jo Minchew

  10. Lorrie, I will be praying for Philip. I know this has to be so hard mentally and financially as well. Georgia Burke, Swimmer Insurance

  11. Lorrie, thank you for taking the initiative in this . I was sorry to read the news, but will participate in the prayer tonight.
    Jeff Turk

  12. Will do…If anything maybe it will bring comfort to the family!!
    Susan Kent, Archadeck

  13. Beloved Practice Members,

    Please join us tonight at our practice (if you are in Charlotte) for a prayer, meditation, and chanting service for one of our beloved friends + practice members who is in end stage liver disease. Start time: 7pm at Network Wellness Center of Charlotte. We will be together for about 30-40 minutes. I will be leading chanting – so no worries if you have never done it! The power of community and of focused prayer and meditation is unbounded. We stand in loving solidarity for our dear friend who has given so so much to the Charlotte community. To know him is to love him! He is truly a vessel of healing for all that meet him.

    This will be a sacred community event where we come together for him, his family, and for the entire human family. This gentleman has given his life in service to others, and now I ask all of you to come together, in sacred community, to support him and his family.

    What you will find in this evening is that in the process of coming together for something much bigger than ourselves, you will find and create bonds of connection, compassion, service, community, and love that will last a lifetime – and we never ever know how long that will be.

    Much love,
    Dr. Matt & Lynn

  14. Hi Lorrie,

    We will certainly take part! Phillip and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Take care,
    Julia & Russell Greenfield

  15. Dear Friends,

    Our friend Philip Sperling is in need of our prayers for a total and complete recovery. He is currently at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill where he is with his parents Randy and Shelly Sperling. A prayer chain will be started today Tuesday December 7, at 7:00 pm. We ask all of you to please recite these psalms listed below and have in mind that Pesach Yakov ben Raizel Pesha should be blessed by G-d Al-mighty with a complete recovery from his illness. Please pass on this message to as many friends as you can reach. Thank You.

    Chapter 20

    1. For the Conductor, a psalm by David. 2. May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob fortify you. 3. May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion. 4. May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices. 5. May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel. 6. We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your wishes. 7. Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand. 8. Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our God. 9. They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm. 10. Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.

    Chapter 6

    1. For the Conductor, with instrumental music for the eight-stringed harp, a psalm by David. 2. Lord, do not punish me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath. 3. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I languish away; heal me, O Lord, for my bones tremble in fear. 4. My soul is panic-stricken; and You, O Lord, how long [before You help]? 5. Relent, O Lord, deliver my soul; save me for the sake of Your kindness. 6. For there is no remembrance of You in death; who will praise You in the grave? 7. I am weary from sighing; each night I drench my bed, I melt my couch with my tears. 8. My eye has grown dim from vexation, worn out by all my oppressors. 9. Depart from me, all you evildoers, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 10. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer. 11. All my enemies will be shamed and utterly terrified; they will then repent and be shamed for a moment.

    Rabbi Yossie Groner

  16. So sorry to hear the sad news that Randy’s son is so ill. Our prayers are with you all.
    Randi (Lorrie’s sister)

  17. Hi Lorrie, My thoughts and prayers are with Philip and his family.

    I will pray the communal prayer at 7:00, knowing God hears all our prayers. Love, Bridget
    (Lorrie’s friend, Richmond, Virginia)

  18. Lorrie

    Is there anything else you know of that I can do for Randy and Shelley?

    I have tried calling her, but I cannot get though.

    Thanks for being such a wonderful friend

    Cheryl Spangenthal

  19. Lorrie
    I’ll be ina financial aid meeting at ECPI with Peri at 7 and will excuse myself for a few moments and pray.
    We’ll keep the family in our prayers.
    Sheila Spitz

  20. Hi Lorri:

    We will be having a group prayer service at NWCC tonight @ 7. We will read your prayer and then do some chanting + meditation for him. I hope to have the place filled. Love, Dr Matt

  21. Lorrie,
    Is this true? I am so sorry and will pray at 7pm.

    Maureen (Lorrie’s cousin from Florida)

  22. I will certainly pray for your friends son.

    Monica Pfeiffer
    (Lorrie’s boss, ECPI College of Technology)

  23. Randy,

    I was so disheartened to learn from Lorrie about how very hard it is going and how serious the situation has become for Phil and for you.

    Is there anything we can do besides pray? Would you want any visitors? Do you want to get out? I am around for the next two weeks, is there anything you would like that I can bring to you? Just let me know?
    With deepest concern and caring,

  24. I am so sorry for them..what a tragic ordeal. I will be a the shul a 7 in class… better place to pray.

    Love, Susan

    (Lorrie’s cousin from NY, “Red” Susan)

  25. 7pm it is
    love you
    judy (Lorrie’s cousin from Florida)

  26. I am sad to read this!!!! He is a wonderful person who has struggled…But he is extremely positive. I have not been to Chabad for some time. Randy has always gone above and beyond for everyone. She holds a special place in my heart. Please pass on that I will have them all in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything else that is needed. Please let me know. My heart goes out to all of them!!! Big hugs! Aly Lerner

  27. Thank you so much Lorrie. This is beautiful. I have passed this on to Matt and Lynn. We are always sending him our love… we will pray for him, with him tomorrow evening.

    Much love, Kheri

  28. Our prayers are with Philip.

    John an Jean

    (Lorrie’s friends from Chicago)

  29. It is my privilege to pray for Philip. Prayer is powerful and we can all attest too. I will pray for his family as well.


    (Cusick Community Management)

  30. Lori… I am so very sorry… please add me to your list of prayers….. look what YOUR prayers did for Ralph… my heart and prayers are with your friends.

    Dona Slotterback

  31. He has my prayers. love janet

    Janet Crain D.M.D.
    (Lorrie’s sister-in-law, NJ)

  32. Hello Lorrie,
    We are in receipt of your prayer request and will join in at the hour you have requested.
    I will pass this onto the few people that I have on my email list.

    We hope and will also pray that all goes well.

    Charlene & Dick MULLER
    Atlanta, GA

  33. My thoughts are with you and certainly with Philip and the Sperling family. They are courageous and wonderful people.

    Philip has fought back time and time again against all odds.

    Thank you for spreading the news.

    Eric Lerner

  34. I missed a few days on the blog and was horrified to hear the situation is so grim.
    All my thoughts and prayers are for Philip and for Randy and Shelly. I will be at the Margolis house tonight to be part of the prayer chain.
    The whole community of Charlotte is prayer for Philip to have a speedy recovery.
    Sharyn Sharer

  35. Shimon and Racelle

    We prayed with you and for you. May you find the strength to meet whatever is instore for you. Love from the Weimans in friendship and concern

  36. Shoshana & Robert Shlian

    We are so sorry to hear about Philip, our prayers are with him and his family.

  37. We are very sorry to hear about Phillip. All of our Love and Prayers are with all of you.

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