A Prayer For Together as One
Draw near to those who are burdened and oppressed, promising that you hear their cries and you see their troubles.
Draw near to those who are divided and undecided, promising you hear their confusion and you see their frustration.
Draw near to your Church that we may together unite as One courageous people, promising to be the beloved community and Children of God.
This we pray in the name of the Triune God.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ROM 8:18 KJV
Is our suffering worthy of or equal to the glory which will be revealed in us?
It seems as though when we are tied up with our burdens, worries, and pains, a stuffiness and a stiffness sets within us that prevents us from achieving revelation of glory.
When we focus entirely on our suffering we strengthen our appetite for worry.
Focusing on our suffering clouds our way going forward.
When we worry we feed our suffering. Moving from worry to glory requires us to release our burdens to God.
Glory is revealed when space is opened within our heart and mind to receive it.
Let Us Park and Pray
Holy One, God of all righteousness and glory. Release in us your glory. Move in us the glory of your presence. Live in us Oh God. Reveal your glory now and evermore.
Help us oh God to recognize and receive your grace and mercy. Merciful God, release our burdens and help us overcome our suffering. Fulfill our desire for peace in the valley, in the storms and on the mountain tops of our lives. May the glory of the Lord rise upon us. Praying in our Savior’s name. Amen
It’s 1:11 pm. Time to stop. Park and Pray. Rest in God’s presence.
Thank You for inviting me to rest in your presence. Thank you for calling me to a quiet place with you. Thank you for guiding me to a quiet place.
For in your presence I find peace. Lord, in your presence I find silence. In your presence I find rest for my weary body, mind and soul.
Lord, save a place for me.
Help me to hear your call in the midst of so many voices and places. My Lord, you patiently wait for me as I learn to stop, to park in the midst of your presence. I sit at your feet and release my burdens. You hear my prayers. Lord give me ears to hear you and strength to walk with you. Help me to be in your presence daily.
Oh Lord, I cherish my time with you. I come to glorify your name. I come to rest in your presence. I come to receive your peace. I eat your Bread of life. I rest with you. I am restored. I go in peace.
I pray in Your Holy Name. Amen.
Where are you? Why are you here? What are you serving? Who do you serve? How? What are you willing to give as ransom? Will you give your time, talents, treasures or what else? Do nothing. Simply be present. Can you be a non anxious presence?
Let Us Park and Pray st 1:11 pm
God, this Holy Week many are tempted to do a lot to prepare for the Easter celebration with family and friends. We might search for the perfect hat, the most beautiful suit and wear the most attractive hairstyle. In the midst of our prepation we might trip over the alabaster bottle and waste it’s precious oils. We may forget to sit at your table, eat, drink and recall the Last Supper. We might step on broken nails and trip on splinters from a worn out cross. We will miss whatever you have in store for us. Almighty God help us to open our eyes, ears, hearts and hands to receive you and what you prepare to serve us daily. Thank you for your life gift, a ransom for us. Please accept our meager offering of faith and stillness. In your name. Amen.
Lord we need your peace. We are thirsty for your peace. Yet, in the midst of our tribulations we are double minded. We try our ways only to fall back down the slippery slope. It pulls us apart from you. Lord, God draw us close to you and never let us go. Bathe us in your peace. Fill our cups, O Savior Divine. Stay near, feed us and drink with us. We shall drink your peace with gladness. We give thanks for your everlasting Peace. In Your Holy Name we Pray. Amen.
In 2005, I was a mess, bedridden by excruciating back pain, I published my first book. From Mess to Message is a poetic understanding of the hidden healing messages of pain and suffering. Now, many years post failed back surgeries I found peace in my book’s messages in the midst of chronic back pain complicated by bilateral sciatica. I accept pain as a part of my healing. It is a circumstance and not what defines me. I’ve learned to live through the journey while thanking God for the pain and the promise to heal me in a deeper and wholesome way.
Pray No More
Imagine our children are safe in school,
Imagine disturbed people receive the help they need,
Imagine guns are limited and used sensibly,
Imagine no more tragedies, no more violence,
Believe it is possible! Park and Pray at 1:11 pm.