God Bless America

God Bless America!”
I wonder what the speaker understands about this request. Listen carefully while saying this powerful prayer request out loud. “God Bless America!”

It often appears at the end of politically charged speeches. In this context, it may sound like a command, demand, or mandate rather than a prayerful request. Practice saying, “God, bless America.”

These words spoken with humility are a supplication, petition and prayer. Try saying, God, bless…
The comma offers a way for us to practice pausing, parking, and praying. We reflect on our thoughts before proceeding.

“God, Bless, “allows us time to turn our attention away from ourselves and towards Spirit. The comma positions us to PARK. Commas will enable us to stop the excess chatter in our mind and lay our thoughts in our hearts. When we park at the thrown of Grace, we connect with the Holy One. We are fully present with God.

Many of us wouldn’t begin our phone conversation by saying, “Diane, give me” or “Martha bless me!” We usually give a greeting or say a welcoming statement. “Good Morning John, how are you? I hope all is well.” We check in with one another.

Try saying, “Good Afternoon, God! Thank you for taking my call.” Then, “God, I am not satisfied with…” Or, “God, I am thankful for what you did…” Then ask, “God, Bless America.” Our prayer ends with a powerful affirmation of faith that indicates God is the source of power. Therefore, say, “I pray in Your Holy Name.” Finally, consider ending your prayer with “Amen,” or “So be it,” or “According to God’s Will.”

I believe God answers our prayers. I hope you will recognize God’s answer as a blessing. God often gives us what we need, and when we need it.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm this prayer:

Almighty God, we thank you for your omnipresence. Thank you for the many ways you share your unconditional love with us. God, keep us healthy in body, mind, and Spirit so we may live according to your will and ways. Give us hope for our future and patience to endure and overcome our troubles. Heal our brokenness. Bless us with your truth as the source for our wisdom and decisions. Forgive our sins and help us to recognize and overcome our transgressions. May we live each day to satisfy you and to receive your favor. Merciful God, we pray in our Savior’s Name. Amen.

Prayer for the MVP

Merciful God, Who calls us the Most Valuable Players, have mercy on the Bryant family and all who are suffering due to lives lost in the recent helicopter crash.

We remember Kobe as one who expressed love for us through his gifts to unite people. Basketball was a tool which helped him reach so many of us beyond the bleachers. He dreamed, he lived successfully, shared his goodness and he showed mercy on those in need.

Our sadness intersects with the storm in our country’s democracy. For we are reminded that one who plays the game of life fair and square wins our hearts.

When the clock runs down and the Holy One says “well done,” come home my daughters, my sons, my loved ones, “it is finished.” We are called to that eternal place where life is everlasting. Well done Kobe! You’ve finished your assignment.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

A Prayer for Congressman John Lewis

Merciful God, Let not this day and these moment’s be John’s last,

Let not his body rapidly slow down, nor his thoughts wrestle and run too fast,

May every cell in his body behave, cooperate,

May your Spirit, O God rule and dictate, his time and present state,

Almighty God, Ruler, Breath of Life and Bread for life’s journey,

Give Congressman John this day, his Daily Bread and clothe him for the journey ahead.

Forgive him as he forgives loved ones, strangers, coworkers and friends,

O Holy One, deliver John whole and intact to his final destination,

Gracious God, help him to know our agape love and appreciation for his lifetime of witness, work and service.

Lord receive our prayers in Your Holy Name. Amen.

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It’s A New Year!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020! Let’s begin this year by praying this pray for one another. “May the Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Amen.

My prayer 🙏🏾 for you

Reflection

Imagine, this new year is like your empty picture frame. How will you fill it? What image will you lay between the smooth glass and the rough background that will hold and support the image of your future?

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm:

Creator God, there are times when life seems like a collage of tangled moments, tasks and frosty dreams. Thank you Almighty God for walking with us and shining your Light on our path. Praise You for we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Help us to avoid undoing your handiwork. O Lord “Bless us and Keep us.” In Thy Holy Name. Amen

A Free Gift

What gifts will you give and receive this Christmas?

Consider devoting a specific time of the day to pray. I chose 1:11 pm as a time to park my mind, body and spirit at God’s weigh station for refueling. Try pressing the reset in your day and life.

Imagine giving God thanks. Prayerfully, thanking and praising God in word, song, dance and deed.

Ask God to bless someone.

Pray someone’s chains are released and they are no longer bound by sickness, debt, fear, addiction and pain.

Please pray with me

God, I give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One.

I welcome the gifts that Jesus Christ, Savior, Healer, Redeemer offers us.

I pray that our Christmas and New Year will be filled with Love, Joy, Peace & Hope.

Praise You O God for breaking the chains in our lives and setting us free indeed. Lord receive our prayers in Your Holy Name. Amen

Thank you Beneficent Church Liturgical Dancers (see video)

Led by Faith Stuckey :

Stacey Grasso, Faith Stuckey, Christopher Washington Jr., Destiny Washington, Nevaeh Washington and Aisha.

“Break Every Chain” Tasha Cobbs

Music https://youtu.be/-pD2zIuiC2g

Give the gift of prayer. Pray for someone.

Dear God, thank You for the priceless gift of prayer. You keep giving us so much in return. Merciful God hear us as we park and pray at 1:11 pm. Bless us with a glorious Christmas and a spirit filled New Year. Inspire our spiritual siblings to park and pray at 1:11 pm. We pray for (names). In Christ’s Name. Amen

Lincoln Prayed

President Lincoln said, “I’ve been driven many times upon my knees.” I wonder how many of us have been driven upon our knees? If so, then what?

Let’s Park & Pray at 1:11

Merciful God, we are reminded that President Lincoln was driven upon his knees and humbly sought your guidance. Inspire those who declared an oath to serve You and country to humble themselves before your throne of grace.

Inspire our Leaders to be righteous, forgiving and just.

Receive our prayers, wherever and whatever our persuasions may be.

Standing, sitting, falling on bended knees, or lying faced down with outstretched hands, we pray our best from our hearts.

When we pray, “God bless America!” Help us to know that You bless us in unexpected ways.

Give us this day as our daily Bread and deliver us from evil. We pray in Your Holy Name. Amen

Three Grains of Wheat

Very Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces much fruit. Jn 12:24

Sometimes death comes in threes. First, my Auntie Dottie left us peacefully. Her prayers calmed storms, moved mountains of doubts, healed, blessed and renewed our faith. She loved and lived to please Jesus. The Holy Spirit was her constant companion.

Evangelist Dorothy Redd Faithful Servant

Second, Barbara Whatmough, my creative Prayer Partner whose art, songs and thoughts created a tapestry of divine glory to God. She embraced a peaceful sleep where “the Heavens declare the glorified God.” Psalms 18:1

Barbara Whatmough

Third, Cynthia Corry, my delightful and dependable helper suddenly went up to yonder. She often stayed behind to help pick of the pieces of our Good Friday Service, Luncheon for the Homeless and Fellowship Hour. Her smile was like a candlelight burning and leaving a trail of sweet calm.

Cynthia Corry

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11

God of Grace and Mercy, thank you for the gift of life and the promise of eternal peace. Make your presence known to us as we mourn the loss of our loved ones and also celebrate their home-going. We park and pray at this moment in Your Holy Name. Amen

And ye therefore now have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one taketh away from you. – John 16:22