Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hatred Lingers in the South

Rebel flag at black church

HARTSELLE — Less than 24 hours after Mount Pleasant CME Church celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, church members said they were reminded that the fight against racism is not over.

This is the city in which I live. It proudly proclaims itself as the city of southern hospitality.

But in light of recent events and especially the inauguration of Barack Obama, I can hardly believe the placement of this objectionable flag at this small black church in the midst of a black section of town is anything less than ominous and deplorable.

Bill Hybel suggests we each identify our "holy discontent" and act upon it. This is my last straw. I cannot be silent in this city any longer. Tomorrow I will attend their worship service and express my personal unity with them. God takes it from there. God bless us all.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

ONE-One Nation Empowered

Have you heard Suzette Caldwell--Preaching? I just did on the Hour of Power.

Wow. Power and presence and humor and sensitivity all wrapped in a creative prayerful woman. She led a prayer for our nation as we approach the Inauguration with a Yes You Can attitude. You are delivered- not doomed. You are righteous-not ruined.. . .and so forth, all with appropriate and inspiring scripture references.

I invite you to join us all with this prayer for the USA and the new administration.
And refer you to her website where you can learn more and be inspired.
I will do a book review at my other website on a recent publication of hers.

This prayer is quoted from her site:
A Prayer for O.N.E.
(One Nation Empowered)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Psalm 33:12

Almighty Father, God, You merely spoke and the heavens were created. You breathed the Word, and all the stars were born. You assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. We praise Your name forever and ever, for You possess all wisdom and power. Father, thank You for blessing the United States of America with abundance and prosperity. Thank You for surrounding our nation with Your favor, grace, and mercy. Jesus, thank You for shedding Your blood for our redemption. Holy Spirit, thank You for Your guidance and power. You are an awesome God!

Heavenly Father, let Your kingdom come and Your will be done in our nation. Your Word states that we are to pray for kings and all people who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives that are marked by godliness and dignity. We know that this is good and acceptable in Your sight. Today, we pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and his presidential administration. We declare that as they prepare to lead our nation, they will trust in You with all of their hearts. They will not depend on their own understanding, but they will seek Your will in all they do and we expect that You, Lord, will show them which path to take when making decisions for the American people.

We decree that our local, state, and national leaders will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful; but their delight will be in the law of the Lord and in His law they will meditate day and night. They will be like trees planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf will not wither and whatever they do will prosper. Gracious Father, some nations boast of their chariots and horses; but we boast in the Name of the Lord, our God.

We submit to Your care, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner, Robert Gates, Eric Holder, Ken Salazar, Thomas Vilsack, Hilda Solis, Tom Daschle, Shaun Donovan, Ray LaHood, Steven Chu, Arne Duncan, Eric Shinseki, Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta, Dennis Blair, Lisa Jackson, Robert Mueller, Lawrence Summers, James Jones, Susan Rice, Peter Orszag, Ron Kirk, Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Congress and all governmental officials.

Holy Spirit, unite this new administration and remind all of our leaders that they are working for the good of the nation and not for the advancement of self. Please help our leaders to put aside “politics” and operate in the best interest of the American people. Heal the wounds that negative politics, fear and ignorance have created within our nation. Empower us, the Body of Christ, to lead the effort in the healing process. Eternal God, Lord of Heaven’s Armies, we ask You to bless and protect our leaders’ families. Please continue to protect our troops and our borders. Increase the courage and strength of our servicemen and women as they fight courageously for our country.

Merciful Father, we repent on behalf of our nation for our many sins. We acknowledge that our actions have created problems that only You can solve. Forgive us for all sin, including greed, arrogance, selfish ambition, disobedience, rebellion, hypocrisy, injustice, jealousy, hatred, violence, ageism, sexism, racism, and dissension. Father, forgive us for shedding innocent blood and denying Your power. We confess that we have not loved the world as You love the world. We ask You to heal our land and make us one, even as You and Jesus are One. Please have mercy upon all of us and help us! As a nation, show us those we need to forgive and help us to forgive.

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Now, unto You, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 33:6-7, Daniel 2:20, Matthew 6:10, I Timothy 2:1-3, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 4:6, Proverbs 22:4, Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV), Psalm 20:7, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 1:17

Friday, January 16, 2009

I have a dream . . .

Approaching the Inauguration ... New Beginnings. . . Keep things in perspective. . .

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was born on January 15th.

Remember his voice for peace.

And as you pray for our new president, think about what the previous ones are known for and watch this short presentation of all 44 presidents.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A New Year- A NEW SITE

Have you seen the new website for Benedictines for Peace?

I love it

I give thanks daily for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie PA.

I also enjoy the reflections at their blog.

As an oblate with this community, I read and share with them at the oblates' blog.

I invite you to make this part of the difference you choose for this year. Make it a more peaceful year, a more just year, a more prayerful and considerate year.

And YET remember that Helen Keller said:

Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing.