I need to get real personal here. When I see babies and children separated from their parents, and their parents shipped off, and papers lost, I just want to scream! Enough is enough already! When I see people of color being smashed and killed by police, I want to scream! No to being a police state! When I see efforts to make us a one religion state only. I want to scream, we are ALL dearly loved children of God! and our constitution makes clear that there is to be a separation of church and state! When I see naturalized citizens being stripped of their citizenship, even those women and men who have or are serving in our armed forces, I want to scream, Stop trying to make this country a dictatorship!
I pray, God of Peace, we need you. Lead each one of us to take the actions Jesus would take. Let us stand up! Let us swarm congress. Let our mixed communities work together. Give us the strength and fortitude to do what is right. Lead us in being sanctuary for all who are in need of safety. Above all Beloved One, fill us with your love. In Jesus name I pray. Peace, peace
In seeking deeper understanding and discernment for my own life, I find myself asking friends and those intimate to me, "How do you understand the Holy Spirit?
Please do leave your personal understanding of the Holy Spirit in the comments section. Thank you. Be well and peace be with you. Judy
In 1987 I started compiling little booklets entitled "In the Manner of the Lord's Prayer", each measuring 4"x 5.5". Each booklet of prayers included 12 prayers, all written in the manner of Jesus' prayer. All told, there were four booklets published. The last one in 1990.
The prayers came out of post trauma from early childhood abuse and neglect. In my forties while working on my doctorate, I began experiencing flashbacks during the night time. I was terror stricken, afraid to move, afraid to pray in my own words. During one of those episodes, I was nudged with the notion that I could use the Lord's Prayer by holding each word or phrase in the silence of God's Presence. I was blessed by being given other words that spoke from my heart.
In time, I began sharing these prayers in the little booklets. Many people were blessed with the sense of hope and above all God's love.
I coupled each prayer with Bible verses. Here is one of the first prayers:
I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of peace and truth. [Jeremiah 33:6]
Divine Healer who is part of the great I Am,
may you be known and loved.
As you transform our lives
we will become people
who live in the Spirit.
Give us this day what we need to be healed,
and release us from the brokenness and pain
we have brought others,
as we release those who have hurt us.
Lead us not to a returning to our former ways,
but do deliver us from deceit and corruption.
For yours is the place of healing, love,
and sanctity forever.
How does this prayer touch you? Share with me in the comments. it is private, only I read what you share. Blessings
Thankfully, a season to re-commit to living God's love in the world, following and walking with Jesus, yes, re-birth.
I must admit that I am very discouraged with the changes that our government is making and how those changes are impacting our lives and those around the world. There are times when I want to give up - yes, depression and grief. Yet hope keeps springing up as I emerge myself in God's creation. The sight and the singing of our feathered friends, bring joy to my heart. I gaze upon the mountains at sunrise and sunset, the beauty of it all.
In prayer, I am thankful, I stop and rest quietly, listening for the Still Small Voice Within. And sometimes there are words or images that open to me bringing encouragement.
Beloved One, guide me in your ways of peace and love, fill my heart with hope and gladness, In your name I pray. Peace, peace