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.
Again, Dr. Matsumoto affirms the power of prayer and praying. Lloyd encourages others to “parkand pray at 1:11” with us.
Several months ago, Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto, a renowned RI College Professor of Biology, sent the following Blog for Park and Pray affirming it as an everyday prayer that “is a cleansing and healing spiritual practice.” He retired, June 2017 after 34 years of service. Dr. Matsumoto is a remarkable liver transplant recipient, whose method of transplant contributed to the advancement of science. Matsumoto joined a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he became one of three patients to participate in an experimental method of organ transport. Lloyd and his wife Terry are members of Beneficent Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto appreciates the power of prayer through his own personal experiences and relationship with God. His high risk surgeries and significant medical and surgical challenges didn’t change his commitment to pray daily. Lloyd believes God’s grace and…
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A river baptism in the South, depicted in a postcard that was mailed in 1912. Source: Black Postcards
“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”” Luke 3:21-22 NIV
Let Us Pray
Lord we thank you for the opportunity to bathe in the beauty of your holiness. We thank you for Mother Earth, her rich fragrance, her cleansing and soothing waters that refreshes and renews us.
We thank you Almighty God for washing our stains and pouring out blessings we hope to receive. Yet, we hardly conceive and believe that we will achieve these gifts. For we are blessed by your presence and blessed because of your loving grace.
Thank you Father for sheltering us from the storms that threaten to drown us and overtake our hope. Thank Merciful God for carrying us through murky waters when our fear is high and our confidence is low.
O Lord baptize us in the spiritual waters that are present and part our life journey. Fresh water, still water that sits on the waste and rubble that weighs us down.
Holy One, restore our faith and trust in the unseen Divine Spirit that parts the seas, hems the high tides and guides us above the turbulent waves in our lives. Gracious God we pray for all who are grieving, all who are fearful and all who need assurances that we are not drowning. Just as we are lowered into unknown waters, we rise drenched, we rise with fresh eyes and we rise as if out of the womb.
We open our mouths and cry out ABBA! MaMa! ABBA! We cry Alleluia!
Through our tears we awaken as drenched souls ready to live for your glory. With our wet bodies we claim our purpose and connect with Your will. We are determined to live as your servants. Servants of the Most High God!
Glory to God! Glory to God! To God Be the Glory! In Jesus’ 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.
February 14, a day when hearts bloom faster than flowers. Forget the cold-hearted ruggedness of winter blues.
Resist the desire to over-indulge in chocolate hearts, champagne, teddy bears, fake diamonds and prickly roses.
Avoid those red-hot tempers that play hide and seek as Lent, a Holy Season emerges with fresh ashes and renewed hope.
Lent, a time when many of the faithful will give up something (alcohol, bread, candy, etc.,) or make a pledge to do something (serve, feed, follow, pray).
Lent, a time marked by anxiety and serenity as many wrestle with the desire and need to make spiritual changes in their lives.
“Cross my heart!” We declare the truth that puts flesh on bones.
“Cross my heart!” We make promises that are often too hard to keep for forty days.
“Cross my heart!” We accept ashes on the forehead or hands thus, acknowledging our mortality.
“Cross my heart!” We proclaim a commitment that shakes and awakens us.
“Cross my heart!” We acknowledge Jesus’ truth, promises, and love that never dies.
Let us Park and Pray
God of Love and Light, as we enter this first of forty days of Lent, hold and carry us, as our senses are shaken and awaken.
Reconciling God, settle our disputes. Revive and renew us.
Almighty God, you call us to remember the burning palm branches, the blessed ashes, smudged hands and foreheads, and to seek forgiveness for our sins.
Forgiving God, have mercy on us. Give us a clean heart and a renewed spirit. We need humility and strength to go without, do without and live without, all, which binds our heart, mind, and spirit.
Loving God, as we travel along life’s journey, help us to celebrate self-love, agape love, and Divine love. Help us remember God’s love for us, Jesus, the Christ, the Divine, the Lamb of God in whose name, we pray. Amen.
New sisters share a special place in the heart of the Divine One. The first glance, grin, touch, hug, and kiss are gifts they share. New sisters’ eyes trace each other’s hair, brown eyes, smooth cheeks and lips. They imagine what features resembles mom’s face. New sisters inform us about new beginnings. Their story gives a family new meaning. God’s grace is present as a covering for New Sisters. God’s love guides New Sisters through their newborn relationship and inspires us to pray for them.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” Psalm 139:14.
Let Us Pray
God your handiwork is awesome and your creations magnificent!
Thank you for mothers and fathers, sons and daughters and all who bring meaning to our family life. Thank you for the many expressions of love between sisters and their siblings. Teach new sisters and brothers to live together peacefully and lovingly share their unique gifts with each other. Set their sights on glorifying so envy and strife will not overcome them. Just as Mary and Martha were different, let not our differences divide and separate us from your love and one another. Help new sisters embrace your loving care as seeds for one day becoming loving parents . Hold us near and dear to you, O God. We pray in Jesus Name.
God grant that right here in America and all over this world, we will choose the high way; a way in which men will live together as brothers. A way in which the nations of the world will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. A way in which every man will respect the dignity and worth of all human personality. A way in which every nation will allow justice to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. A way in which men will do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. A way in which men will be able to stand up, and in the midst of oppression, in the midst of darkness and agony, they will be able to stand there and love their enemies, bless those persons that curse them, pray for those individuals that despitefully use them. And this is the way that will bring us once more into that society which we think of as the brotherhood of man. This will be that day when white people, colored people, whether they are brown or whether they are yellow or whether they are black, will join together and stretch out with their arms and be able to cry out: “Free at last! Free at last! Great God Almighty, we are free at last!”” from “”Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits (King Legacy)” by Martin Luther King Jr, Lewis V. Baldwin, Julius R. Scruggs
God our Father,
may no-one’s negative actions ever overpower my determination to choose to live in a positive way.
I know that to forgive someone
can be far from being an easy option, and I know that forgiveness isn’t somehow pretending that something wrong hasn’t happened.
Instead it is being generous, Father
– as your Son showed in his dying words – in being willing to release the other person from what natural justice demands should be ‘punishment’ for wrong-doing.
Isn’t this, Father, what is meant by “your mercy” and what we are to do in being called to “be merciful” ourselves?
For what I have done wrong, Father,
forgive me to the extent that I am generous and gracious in forgiving – or truly hoping to forgive – those who have done wrong to me.
Empower me to break the cycle of any hatred, resentment or bitterness, always resisting evil and conquering it with goodness.
Bring your healing and peace and wholeness into the lives of those I pray for, and into mine. Amen