“I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with God’s praise.” Psalm 34:1. The Message
Nancy S. Taylor, Senior Minister, South Church, Boston, writes the following prayer in her devotional Dear God, I promise not to abandon you in your hour of grief. I promise to visit with you daily and to hold you on my heart and in my prayers. I promise not to avert my eyes from the miseries that break your heart. And, by endeavoring to truly love my enemies and wage peace, I promise to do everything within my frail powers not to add to your distress.
She heralds her prayer with a litany of some earthly woes that break God’s heart: The devastation as Ebola advances among the world’s poorest and least equipped; the despair of parents of black teenagers cut down by officers of the law; the unexpected plight of airplanes falling from the sky; the quandary of Yazidi refugees and the murderous hatred of ISIS; the sight of children clawing their way to safety at our southern border; the peoples of Israel and Palestine whose horns are locked in desperate and deadly combat…
Imagine listening to and hearing from nearly 7,000,000 earthly inhabitants daily crying out to God – by many names – for some type of help. Remember the movie Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carey? He came to the conclusion that God was not answering his prayers quick enough and volunteered to show God that he could answer the people’s prayers from all over the world in short order by way of email. Needless-to-say, in the movie Carey was allowed access to praying folk worldwide. Within three days, Carey was down for the count and his computer was fried.
Many years ago, my cousin and I were traveling from Washington DC to our homes in Columbus and as we were coming around the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia mountains we were in awe of their beauty. I thought “will God really allow humans to destroy the beauty of the earth?” This was long before environmental justice became popular. Then I said out loud “Do you think God appreciates the beauty of the earth?” Cuz said “God’s been lookin at the earth and all of creation for a long, long time and still thinks we’re beautiful.”
After all that we have done to be destructive to ourselves and to others, God still thinks we are worth opportunities to turn around, seek, and fulfill our true purpose: to love God, self, and others as God loves. I believe that is God’s only prayer. And, as we answer God’s prayer our prayers to God and for God are answered.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.