A Juneteenth State of Mind

Let’s adopt a  Juneteenth state of mind. (Scroll down)

Yes, open stiff windows that keep us bound to times when manmade power stops us. A power that tries to arrest our dreams. A misfit power that tries to wrestle our ambitions and inspirations out of the rich soils that our ancestors toiled.

Bondage is more than a dream. It’s a reality that returns like a recurrent nightmare. It is part of our DNA.

But, whenever I take my Soul for a walk, Spirit has a way of calming my nerves. Spirit reminds me how much we’ve overcome as a people who are tough, born to overcome, resilient and renewed.

It’s 1:11 pm and time to press the reset. Time to charge our batteries. Time to light a candle. To find the blessed strength to just say no! Stop! Enough is enough!

Pray to the Holy One and watch the forces of Evil press against the wall Pray, pray to the Holy One. Pray that goodness forges a new path out of the wilderness, and away from danger.

Pray, never again, will God’s creatures, people stumble in darkness, chained to indefinite labor that feeds a stranger and leaves the worker starving. “Set me free or I will surely die” is a clarion call for freedom for all. No more free bull work. Yes, free all slaves.  Even the loudest thunder and roughest hailstorm will not blow out the clarion call whenever we think free.

Juneteenth is a state of mind.

Let us celebrate daily at 1:11.

God we thank you for being our love, our hope, strength, and our guide. Break the chains and set us free to imagine our best selves. Help us to live into the dreams you birthed us to be. In thy Holy Name we pray. Amen


Go forward ignited and fired up!

May the wind press against our backs and inspire our hearts.

For dust has no home on the soles of our feet.

We come from all corners of the earth with oil of gladness.

Spirit of Love thrusts us forward toward a new day and a bold way.

March on! Together! Go Forward!

There’s fire in our bones and the essence of faith, hope and love in our blood.

The Light of God is our Guide and our destiny!

A Deep Breath

Let’s take a deep breath and slowly release. Let us pray at 1:11.

We look to you, O Merciful God who dwells in heaven and on earth. God, whose eyes are upon us we cry, “Mercy, God, mercy!”

Almighty God, we thank you for our help and strength comes from you. There’s none like you. Thank you for hearing our prayers.

We long to hear you in the midst of the storms in our lives. We trust your wisdom.

Almighty God, you call us to love one another. You declare we are your creation and your children who are created in your image. But, some grow weary, hardened, inhumane, evil and not ashamed.

Loving God, we need you. We watch and wait for you.

Speak, O God. Release your Grace, Mercy, Righteousness, Hope, and Healing Power upon this nation. We want to breathe easy.

O God! We hold our breath and we pray, O God, deliver us from evil. We take a deep breath and hold for the fulfillment of your promises.

Mercy, GOD, mercy! God, have mercy on us!

Quench the fires that burn in our hearts and minds. No more images of strange fruit hanging from trees. No more running, hands up, face down, lives lost and criminals set free.

Mercy, God give us Your mercy! Mercy, O God, mercy!

Too many have been kicked around for too long. Kicked and clawed in the teeth by complacent harmful beings. Kicked and held down by arrogant brutes.

On this day, we gather and hold onto that kicking foot. A kicking foot that becomes our gavel for carrying out justice.

No more holding our breath.

Merciful God, fill us with your spirit and guide our feet as we run this race. We humbly pray in your Holy name. Amen.

( inspired by Psalm 123:1-4

Finding Your Garden

Loving God, Great God we are thankful for you. We see Your garden as a place to learn how to live in peace among many diverse flowers, weeds, and seeds. community. As we remember our Savior’s journey to the Cross. Help us to walk over hills, through valleys, and in the shadow of death with an awareness of Your presence. As Christ is risen may our lives rise like roses, breaking through soil that overcomes dirt, wrestling with thorns, and the poverty of a dry spirit that bruises us. Help us hold onto Christ the solid rock. May we learn from nature how to have perfection. We must be attentive to the seeds that grow in our garden of life. Help us to select with care the soil we plant. May we weed and cultivate our lives through prayer, and in communion with You and Your community. We thank you O Merciful God for Your love that shines on our gardens and grows new life, new flowers, new trees, and leaves that glorify Your Name and Spirit. Amen

Lord Have Mercy!

Lord we need you right now!

Please pray this prayer with me at 1:11pm daily

Spirit, Guide, Love, Divine,and Comforter for all who mourn for lives lost in the Atlanta Spa attacks, supermarket massacre in Colorado, and elsewhere.
The pain is unbearable!
God, Almighty, lay your Healing Hands upon this nation and world.
Pull out the roots of all evil. Destroy the weeds that choke goodness and disrupt our peace. Holy One, release your heavenly angles to fertilize the heart of our nation with love, compassion, grace and mercy. Plant new seeds of righteousness.
May Your Light shine daily, breaking through wickedness and transforming deadly powers into new life. Create in us a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a moral compass that guides us through life’s journey with you as our Master Gardener.
Vaccinate us with Your protective fragrance and heal broken souls and spirits. Help us, O God, to become peacemakers and peacekeepers who live in Your Garden, a place we admire. We thank you. Pray in our Savior’s Name. Amen.

The Most Powerful Minutes

The most powerful minutes spent praying can yield the greatest results. Pray daily at 1:11 pm for 30 days then, share your thoughts here.


Set Alarm. at 1:11 🕐

Park or Rest in God’s Presence 🇻🇦🇻🇦

Pray at 1:11 p.m. 🧎🏿🧎🏼‍♂️

P-raise  (Thank God)

R-egret  (Forgive me God)

A-sk   (God for righteous desires)🙏🏾🙏

Y-ield (wait for God to answer prayers)

                                 Yes, No, Maybe, Not Yet, If…

Share the Good News


God’s Power.⚡️

Amen (as God wills)

Nay’s Wisdom

Nay Says, “We All Win!”
We do and don’t get to decide
which part of a genius
to uphold and celebrate with pride.

The beauty of art and all its glory,
if one takes the jolted ride,
is that “it’s all good.”
Every intimate and infinite story.

The sum of one’s parts
is not greater than, or lesser;
Celebrate every blessed thing!
No matter the reason, form, or fashion.

Take what wills you
to your own greatness.
The Godly message –
“We all win.”
When intentions, pure
emanate from the heart.

Every active mind and spirit’s candle
ignites what one’s backbone
and spine can handle.

Wisdom breathes below, on, above,
and well above the line.
Faith lives below, on, above,
and well beyond all of time.


Nay is a prolific inspirational writer, teacher, and author of several books for all generations. Nay’s writings will be periodically featured in Park and Pray at 1:11.

Check out her books. Each one is filled with amazing stories.


A Beautiful Crooked Tree

It’s amazing how often imperfections are missed in the midst of strong support. It’s as if the rocks in our lives holds us. Green grass gives us renewed strength. The roots anchor us and connect us with those who came before us. Our bent branches lean on God’s Grace and Mercy. It bends, it beckons us and it reaches forth to invite us to sit under the shade for a while. Park yourself at 1:11 pm. Breathe deep and pray reverently to the One who waits, listens and answers our prayers.

Give thanks with a grateful heart.

Go forth and trust your prayers are heard and will be answered.

Surely, Goodness and Mercy shall follow you all the days of your life.

Dwell in the House of the Lord wherever you happen to hv park and pray at 1:11 pm.

As God Wills and In God’s Name, Amen.

Happy Birthday , Hank Aaron!

Happy Birthday, Hank Aaron!  Feb. 5

(We light a candle and pray your prayer at 1:11 pm)

Happy Birthday, Hank Aaron! Rest In Peace.
O Lord, our God, how excellent is Your Name,
You protected and sheltered Hank Aaron despite all his pain.
You laid Your hand on his shoulder and steadied his faith.

We remember him playing on a winning team,
It was more than an American Dream.
Despite the dangers he faced,
Your angels showed up for him every place.

You carried him through the rough and tough valleys.
You lifted him over the land mines of bigotry and hatred.
You held onto him while he climbed the highest mountains.
You never let go, and He never released Your hands.

When the winds of caustic emotions threatened his life.
You brought him a victory in 1974 that broke a record no one denied.
Hank Aaron was with us a few days ago and nothing seems the same.
Creator God, we loved his game, his person, and his rise to fame.

Yet, God, You called a time out, a season’s end, a final rest,
He did his best and trusted You to do the rest.
We remember Hank Aaron’s faith; it is so well known.
Loving God, You loved him, and You called Hank an MVP Allstar home.
copyrighted 2021

What Did Rosa Parks Pray?

Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks!

(We light a candle. We parked and prayed at 1:11 pm on Feb. 4)

Dear Lord,

“I felt YOU would give me

the strength to endure

whatever I had to face.

God, YOU did away with all my fear…”

“It was time for someone to stand up-or,

in my case, sit down.

I refused to move.”

Lord, I thank YOU for

“The church was and is the foundation of our community.

It became our strength, our refuge, and our haven.”

“We would pray, sing and meet in church.

We would use Scriptures, testimonies, and hymns

to strengthen us against the hatred and

violence going on around us.”

GOD, I thank YOU for

“Quiet Strength:  The Faith, the Hope, and

the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation,”

written by Rosa Parks with her Attorney Gregory J. Reed,

(This prayer is based on Rosa Parks’ quotes in her book).

During February, Carter G. Woodson sought to honor and also recognize Black Americans’ history and contributions.

Langston Hughes Prayer at 1:11

During Black History month 2021,  we share the prayers of notable Black Americans born during February.

Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes!  Feb. 1st

(We light a candle and pray your prayer at 1:11 pm)


by Langston Hughes

Gather up 

In the arms of your pity 

The sick, the depraved, 

The desperate, the tired, 

All the scum 

Of our weary city 

Gather up 

In the arms of your pity. 

Gather up 

In the arms of your love— 

Those who expect 

No love from above.


During February, Carter G. Woodson sought to honor and also recognize Black Americans’ history and contributions. 

Prayer for Biden and Harris.

O Lord, our God hear our prayer.

We come before your presence with praise and thanks. We come O God, standing, sitting, falling on bended knees, or laying faced down with outstretched hands.

We park and pray at 1:11 p.m.

We stop and pray out of the depths of our being.

Almighty God, we thank you for your loving presence, guidance, grace and mercy.

Gracious God, you when President Lincoln was driven upon his knees, You answered his prayers and his presidency succeeded.

Today, we are thankful for inauguration office President Biden and Vice President Harris who prayerfully call on you. We call on you, O God to protect their lives and their loved ones. May no weapon formed against them prosper. Protect them all throughout their life journey. We pray they will successfully govern in a way that is pleasing to You O God.

God, help President Biden and Vice President Harris to comfort those who mourn the loss of more than 400,000 lives due to the COVID-19 virus.

Almighty God, we pray for Your will guidance and attention to our nation’s needs.

Many are sick, unemployed, and restless. Some children and youth are leaving their Chrome Books behind for video games. God help us!

Yet, more people are engaged in online worship and prayer.

Gracious God, heal and protect our nation from the evil that seeks to destroy the heart and soul of our nation.

Lord, God, have mercy on all who hope for a better job, home and education for our children. Equip teachers and students with the desire and resources to succeed.

Have mercy, O God, have mercy on us! We call, Emmanuel! Allah, Great God, Holy Mother, Loving Father, Holy Spirit, ABBA, Jehovah, Love Divine, Jesus, the Christ, Magnificent Savior, Holy Spirit, Alpha & Omega, Everlasting One.
Hear us O Holy One, hear our cries and our prayers. Help our new President and Vice President lead the people to exercise respect for life.

To trust the wisdom of Science and Spirit that calls to be loving, patient, kind, not envious, arrogant, resentful or dangerous. To rejoice in truth. To comfort the broken-hearted and to promote peace.
Bless all with renewed hope and promises.

Help us, O God to receive justice. We call on you to deliver the long awaited justice so we may overcome these painful times.
Receive our prayers, O God.
In your Holy Name. Amen

The Day After Election Day !?!

​Rev. Jane Vennard​, ​UCC  Pastor, Educator, and spiritual director wrote this prayer that caught my attention today,  two months later.

“The Day After Election Day”

Gracious God, Spirit of life……
We pause in your presence……. We breathe deeply……..
The day we have been waiting for has come and gone.
Some of us are celebrating, grace us with humility in our victory. Some of us are mourning, grace us with compassion in our loss.
Grant all of us the courage to go forward into the unknown future With hands out stretched in kindness,
With hearts over flowing with empathy,
With our minds set on justice and peace.
Help us be patient.
Help us stand strong in the midst of chaos.
Help us see to all of creation through your eyes of love.
Be with us as we work to create harmony in this divided world. Be with us as we struggle and fall and rise again.
Shower us with your mercy opening our heats to receive your blessing We ask this in the name of all that is Holy. Amen


On December 3, 1978, South American priest Father Oscar Romero wrote a  PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Advent should admonish us to discover

in each brother or sister that we greet,

in each friend whose hand we shake,

in each beggar who asks for bread,

in each worker who wants to use the right to join a union,

in each peasant who looks for work in the coffee groves,

the face of Christ.

Then it would not be possible to rob them,

to cheat them,

to deny them their rights.

They are Christ,

and whatever is done to them

Christ will take as done to himself.

This is what Advent is:

Christ living among us.



Dear loved ones, I thank God for you. I offer these prayers for us.

Holy God, we give thanks for this bountiful blessing.

We give thanks for your presence and love. 

We remember all who are missing from our table.

We give thanks for their lives.

We ask for Your blessings on this meal, our lives and time. 

May your favor be upon us. 

May your glorious power be made known to us. May our relationship with You and others prosper.

In our Savior’s Name, we pray. Amen.



                                                             How Great Thou Art! 

O Lord, My God! How Great Thou Art!

O Lord How Excellent! How Great Thou Art!

We enter this time of prayer thankful to be in your presence. 

We come with praise, thanksgiving and concerns.

We come knowing you are not confined to a building.

You are not held still between brick and mortar.

God Almighty, You are everywhere.

How Great Thou Art!

Great God, hear our prayers:

For our families, friends, neighbors, strangers, foes and creatures.

For those  who are near and far. 

For all who are struggling with sickness and disease.

We pray for all who struggle to survive.

We pray for all who are grieving for those who have died. 

Death causes many of us to pause and reflect on our own mortality.

O God, How Great Thou Art! Hear our prayers.

For all who feel the pain of grief and loss of freedom, essentials, and more.

For all who sacrifice their lives to defend and protect us. 

For all who misunderstand the effect of invisible pathogens that are physical and spiritual disruptions. 

For all our leaders , especially those who govern our nation. 

We pray their decisions come from Your Holy wisdom inspired through prayer and discernment.

O God, How Great Thou Art!

Almighty God, hear our prayers. 

We stop in silence to hear Your message for us.

Great God, be that spiritual mask that clings to us and protects us.

O God, You are our protective armor and shield from invisible harm.

O Lord, My God!  How Great Thou Art! We Pray in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving
By Rev. Cleo Graham

If You Love Me…

Do This For Me….

If you love me wear a mask.

As a Spiritual Practice ❤️

If you 💕 me stand back.

Wash your hands for me.

If you love me 🙏🏾 with me at 1:11 pm.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” Psalms‬ ‭51:10-12‬ ‭NRSV‬‬

If you love me have a heart and do it for me.

Painting by Jacqueline Lofgren

Amen, Amen!

Let it be! So be it! Amen! These are words often spoken by us at the end of our prayers.

Recently, we prayed, voted, and we prayed again. We released prayers, hopes, concerns and thanks to Almighty God. Some of us waited patiently, while others were impatient and yet, we all received the same results. Joe Biden is the President elect and Kamala Harris is the Vice President elect. I believe God has spoken through the voices of the people. Let us say Amen!

The 2020 Presidential campaign ended and the results were decisive, however many people contested it. Let us fall on our knees and pray for God’s protection, healing and peace:

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Almighty God, as many celebrate the outcome of this election, help us let go of any related discomforts. Unite us around these common words, “Amen.” God, “Let it be,” “as You will,” and Your Way. Holy One, we seek Your power to inspire lasting peace with each breath. Heal our land. Restore our soul with each common heartbeat. May Your Spirit resonate within us. Our Lord, Let it be! So be it! Amen!

Pray Vote Pray

Dear God,
On this day, we remember You, the Almighty God.
We remember Your will, Your promises and Your Power to fulfill the righteous prayers of Your children. Today, we vote for a leader of our nation. We hope, and pray that our next President will listen and obey You. We lean on the side of Your truth. It sets us free.
We circle “loving-kindness,” on our ballots. It soothes our souls.
We touch the hem of Your garment, and we are made whole.
We feed the ballot boxes with our desires to be united as,
“One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We pray, we vote, and we pray at 1:11, and all times in Your Holy Name, Amen.
Now, we wait, we work and we keep the faith.

When So Much Seems Unknown

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

Holy One,

At this moment and perhaps in every moment, there is much in the world and in our lives that is unknown to us — the route and length of the pandemic, the results of elections and leadership across the world, the outcomes and consequences of the demands for racial justice, and even the walk of our own lives tomorrow or next week or next year. Deepen our trust in the Mystery, O God; deepen our reliance in the power of your Holy Spirit to carry us into our tomorrows, to seat us deeply in your Word and to heal and transform the world. In your mercy and to your glory, we pray. Amen

The Rev. Sr. Miriam Elizabeth, Order of Saint Helena

Prayer for POTUS and All

Holy One, You call us to pray for one another and pray for everyone.

Prayerfully, we come before your presence with thanks in our hearts. God our Comforter, we ask for your Grace and Mercy for our appointed leader, the head of our nation, the POTUS (President of the United States). 🙏🏾

You taught us about the power of prayer. You taught us how to pray. Today, we park and pray at 1:11. We speak and sing healing prayers. We trust Y to hear and answer our prayers.

Today, we pray for the POTUS, his family, friends, colleagues, and those stricken by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

O God, we lift up healing prayers for the POTUS, and all who reside, visit and work in the White House. All who are affected by his condition.

We pray the POTUS uses good judgments.

We pray he makes righteous and thoughtful decisions.

We pray the POTUS has an Ananias’ moment like early century Saul who after an encounter with God, Saul became Paul who devoted his life to serving God. Merciful God, lay Your hands on the POTUS. Make your presence known to him.

May the SCALES fall from his eyes. Scales that blur eyesight, insight, foresight and hindsight.

We pray healing for his body, mind and spirit. Lord, create in him a clean heart, a renewed spirit, a humble mind, and a righteous soul. May Your spirit dwell within him.

Gracious God, heal and transform the POTUS just like You changed Saul to Paul, a tender and righteous one who lived to serve and glorify God.

Lord in Your Mercy bless all who read this 🙏🏾.

In our Savior’s Name, Amen.

(Ref. Acts 9:17-19 NRSV)

A Prayer for God’s Way

After the painful Presidential Debate, the clouds cried and it rained all night. Many remember the talking points and the shifting conversations. It resembled thunderstorms of undigested thoughts intended to hurt and harm some of the hearers. Today is a new day. Let’s Pray at 1:11 for God’s Way.

1God be gracious to us and bless us ♦
and make Your face to shine upon us,

2That Your way may be known upon earth, ♦
Your saving power among all nations.

3Let the peoples praise You, O God; ♦
let all the peoples praise You

4O God, let the nations rejoice and be glad, ♦
for You will judge the peoples righteously
and govern the nations upon earth.

5Let the peoples praise You, O God;
let all the peoples praise You

6Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, ♦
and God, our own God, will bless us.

7God will bless us, ♦
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. Psalms 67

O God, hear now the prayers of your people who are in our hearts and on our minds. We pray for all who are affected by the pandemic, the fires and the floods. We pray for the First Responders, Teachers, Students, Healthcare Workers, Grocers, Postal Carriers, Workers, Unemployed etc.,

In the face of You, O God we are mindful of Your presence.
Your Light and Glory shines forth,
O God of all the nations;
we call upon You to hear the prayers of all Your people.
O God, make known Your presence and Your grace to us.
Help us to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly in Your ways. Help us to live and to speak Your way. In Your Holy name we pray. Amen.

Justice Ruth A Precious Pearl

two pink and white gift boxes with ribbon
Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

Today, we park and pray at 1:11 pm.

We mourn her passing.
We celebrate her life.
We remember her opinions, her acts, and her compassion.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Notorious Rapper, a mighty force, and a voice with a bullhorn message.

She was a righteous and precious Pearl of Hope.

A Mustard Seed who grew beyond her challenges.
Thank God for her presence during our lifetime.

Well done good and faithful servant.
Notorious R.BG., she fought, and she won the hearts of many.
She’s blessed with rest and with a fulfilled promise of peace eternal.

Farewell to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
We will remember you among the Pearls of Hope shining ever so bright.

The Flag Within

Remembering 911

The Flag Within

By Renay Ingram
(Excerpts from her book)

There’s a flag within me
A flag within you
True patriotic red, white, and blue



These ideals mark
our collective reality …

Flags waving high
Arms extended to the sky above
Flag draped low
Citizens appreciate the freedoms
they have grown to love and know

From Ground Zero to Ground Hero
Living memorials to the deceased
Funeral pits are grave sights
Charitable acts erase or ease
enduring pain and grief…

People are seeking a life worth completely living

People are seeking a shift away from previous norms

People are working to establish a higher sense of right

People want relief from the recent shocking storms

Flaunting this emblem conscientiously is one response
to the massive tragedies

By providing thoughts of comfort, solace, faith or a chance to trace our heritage’s grace

These journeys must be made today

As streams of tears flood innocent faces
We focus our deeds of courageous acts
helping the beseiged with our hands and our hearts
Aiding those who are in need

Yet duty’s call cannot replace
The afflicted lives dissolved by ashes laced
with weapons of hate and mass destruction
Victim’s families will never see or touch
the cherished lost ones who are treasured so much…

Flags marking street corners are reminders of pride
As people march humbly, walk soberly, or somberly ride

In or to parades, memorials, vigils and funerals
Some pause to ask questions wanting, pleading to know why
while shedding endless cries

Flags of hope, courage, bravery and strength
Flags of valor distinctly marking this day forward

As people hold on to victory’s crest
certain the flag’s precepts will move everyone onward

But onward to what place? What place and where?
The public has stopped to ask these imperative questions sbecause they sincerely care

Book available on Amazon

Let us pray for our nation.

Our Little Lives

A Prayer by Howard Thurman

Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!
The quietness in Your temple of silence again and again rebuffs us:
For some there is no discipline to hold them steady in the waiting,
And the minds reject the noiseless invasion of Your spirit.
For some there is no will to offer what is central in the thoughts—
The confusion is so manifest, there is no starting place to take hold.
For some the evils of the world tear down all concentrations
And scatter the focus of the high resolves.
We do not know how to do what we know to do.
We do not know how to be what we know to be.
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!
Pour out upon us whatever our spirits need of shock, of life, of release
That we may find strength for these days—
Courage and hope for tomorrow.
In confidence we rest in Your sustaining grace
Which makes possible triumph in defeat, gain in loss, and love in hate.
We rejoice this day to say:
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!

Written by Howard Thurman,Theologian, Preacher Teacher & more


A Time Out

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11

Merciful God, we crave your kind of patience. We long for your peace. We look forward to a steady stream of Your truth blowing like a breeze gently laid across our nation. May it be as common as the air we breath.

We pray one day soon all that fails to shield us from the brutal forces of hatred, racism and injustice will be removed. We will come face to face before Your judgement and gracefully adjust our ways to Your desires for us.

Oh Sacred Heart, help us to see the truth as You made it, and live righteous, faithful lives that You fashioned for us. May the beauty of Your creation disrupt the lives of those who spread seeds of dissension and who inflame harmony.

Help us recognize and receive Your Gift of Grace and passion to embrace a renewed spirit.

Holy One, shine a light of new reckoning for anxious hearts, and healing for troubled souls.

Protect and Bless us with freedom to live, breath and have our being among the righteous. We offer our praise and thanks to You, O God.

In Your Name, Amen.

A Letter to God

Dear God,

There are times when our burdens ar greater than our blessings.

Thank God, for teaching us to pray.

Thank you for answering our prayers.

Let us pray:

Gracious God, thank you for your unfailing love.

Thank you for your promise of peace and compassion.

Thank you for the many ways you show up in our lives.

We are humbled by our relationship with you.

O God, whose power is greater than we can imagine.

Lay Your hands upon the soul of our nation.

Inspire love for one another as spiritual siblings.

Guide us through these challenging times.

Strengthen our faith and bless us with grace.

In our Savior’s Name. Amen


Your Children

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah‬ ‭54:10‬ https://www.bible.com/111/isa.54.10.niv

What Do You Ask For?

Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! Ps 5:8 NET

Let Us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
A pleasant road;
I do not ask that thou would’st take from me
Aught of its load.
For one thing only, Lord, dear Lord, I plead:
Lead me aright—
Though strength should falter, and though heart should bleed—
Through peace to light.
— Adelaide A. Procter.

Inspired by Youdevotion

John Lewis, A Living Sacrifice

Remembering Rep. John Lewis, his Call, his names, the seeds he sowed and the plants that grew in our nation. A Living Sacrifice.

Wikipedia John Lewis 2/21/1940-7/21/20

His name was John. I called him the Blessed Gardener. Yet, many called him these other names and attributes:

A Bridge and a Builder

A legendary Icon”

“Lion of the Civil Rights”


“The Conscience of Congress”

A Moral leader

A Sharecropper’s Son

A Cotton Farm Boy

A Loving brother, father, uncle, cousin and friend

A Widow wedded to the Promise of freedom and justice for all

A Hero

A Georgia Congressman

A Change Agent

A Movement

Peaceful, Nonviolent, Hero

An Architect of the march

A Bridge in troubled waters

A Champion, Protester, Agitator, and Support for innocent Gun violence victims

A “Good Trouble Maker” who sat down and called his colleagues to Sit In and change Gun Violence legislations

A Force who sat at forbidden lunch counters.

A Prisoner for nonviolent protests who stood up for Voters Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Liberty, and the welfare and dignity of all people.

An Advocate, an Idol and Icon of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. teachings

“A Voice to the Voiceless” MLK III

A Giant of the Civil Rights Movement

A Broken Skull, Scarred

A Fearless Survivor of the 1963 March on Washington

A Beacon of Hope, an Inspiration

A Titan, A Good Man

An Icon of Anerican History

A Promoter of public service, civic education, leadership, peace and good troublemaking

A Hero and now Legend

Devoted to his faith and country

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm and remember Congressman John Lewis who was a Living Sacrifice.

Park and Pray at 1:11 pm:

Holy One,

We called Congressman John Lewis many names. We pinned on him many attributes. You called him and fashioned him for our times.

God, we thank You for his life and his works. Thank You for calling him, inspiring and equipping him to do the hard work. May his seeds of love and nonviolent protest flourish. May his life inspire generations to serve You and heal our nation and world according to Your ways and as You will.

In our Savior’s Name. Amen


Bible Version

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Breathe On Us Now

“As earth’s flowers need Heaven’s sun and dew — so our lives need Heaven’s grace and love to make them what they should be.”

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11

O God, our heavenly Father, Mother, we need Your blessing and help. We are blind, and cannot see where to set our feet, and we need to be led by the hand of One who knows all the paths. We put our hands in Yours this day. Show us the way, for You know its every step.
Tell us what You would have us to do. You have a plan for our day’s life. There are things You have set down for each one of us to do. May we find these things, and may we have grace to do them all.
Keep us from being so absorbed in our own plans and schemes, that we cannot take Your plan and do Your will. If sometimes it is hard for us to take Your way, if it breaks into our cherished hopes and desires help us always to say, “Thy Will be done.”
We ask You to give us grace to live today as we should live. Life is not easy for us. Our burdens are heavy. There are temptations at each step.
Help us to speak only the words that will minister grace to those who hear.
Help us to be honest in all our business transactions.
Help us to be thoughtful and kind to all we meet.
Help us to be a strength to many. Let us be a discourager to none.
Please bless all of our work today. Without your blessing, there can be no true profit.
As earth’s flowers need Heaven’s sun and dew — so our lives need Heaven’s grace and love to make them what they should be.
Breathe on us , as we bow here at Your feet, and fill us with Your Spirit as we go forth. Then we shall be blessed, and be ready for a day of love and peace and joy.
We ask all these favors, with the forgiveness of our sins, in the name of our Savior. Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide 7/16/20 adapted