Have you ever heard or read prayers that speak to your heart and soul? I’ve written many prayers that soothed my aches and strengthened my relationship with the Holy One. Many of those prayers I haven’t shared with you. Those prayers are like lyrics associated with music I imagine. Lately, I have listened to prayers that are also songs. I feel as if I receive a double blessing. It soothes my heart and soul. I hope the Plowshare Prayer by Spencer LaJoie does the same for you too!
Let us park and pray this prayer at 1:11 pm. Listen and/or Read the Plowshare Prayer. Tap this link for the YouTube video.Let us pray and/or hear this prayer: https://youtu.be/MhOZv5i7CHY
Dear blessed creator, dear mother, dear savior Dear father, dear brother, dear holy other Dear sibling, dear baby, dear patiently waiting Dear sad and confused, dear stuck and abused Dear end-of-your-rope, dear worn out and broke, Dear go-it-alone, dear running from home Dear righteously angry, forsaken by family Dear jaded and quiet, dear tough and defiant I pray that I’m heard And I pray that this works I pray if a prayer has been used as a sword against you and your heart, against you and your word I pray that this prayer is a plowshare, of sorts that it might break you open, it might help you grow I pray that your body gets all that it needs and if you don’t want healing, I just pray for peace I pray that your burden gets lighter each day I pray the mean voice in your head goes away I pray that you honor the grief as it comes I pray you can feel all the life in your lungs I pray that if you go all day being brave that you can go home, go to bed feeling safe I pray you’re forgiven, I pray you forgive I pray you set boundaries and openly live I pray that you feel you are worth never leaving I pray that you know I will always believe you I pray that you’re heard and I pray that this works Amen on behalf of the last and the least On behalf of the anxious, depressed, and unseen Amen for the workers, the hungry, the houseless Amen for the lonely and recently spouseless Amen for the queers and their closeted peers Amen for the bullied who hold in their tears Amen for the mothers of little Black sons Amen for the kids who grow up scared of guns Amen for the addicts, the ashamed and hungover Amen for the calloused, the wisened, the sober Amen for the ones who want life to be over Amen for the leaders who lose their composure Amen for the parents who just lost their baby Amen for the chronically ill and disabled Amen for the children down at the border Amen for the victims of our law and order I pray that you’re heard and I pray that this works I pray if a prayer has been used as a sword against you and your heart, against you and your word I pray that this prayer is a plowshare, of sorts.
Dear Beloved Community, Thank you for parking and praying at 1:11 pm with us.
🙏🏾 for God’s healing and peace in the new year.>>>
Beloved, I hope you know prayer can warm frosted hands and make a cold heart melt. Prayer reminds us we’re not alone. Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm.
God, thank you for warming our thoughts with renewed hope.
Give us eyes to see in ourselves what You hope for us.
Kindle the fires that ignite our dreams.
Extinguish the torches that kill our faith.
Help us to find meaning, direction and purpose in the New Year star before each one of us.
Oh that you hold us and balance us in Your Holy Hands. Our hands are like the stars. Five fingers stretching, reaching , touching, balancing, holding, and carrying light in the midst of darkness.Giving and sharing the gifts of God through prayer.To be Blessed & a Blessing. Amen
*** Cornelius stared at the angel. He became afraid and said, “What do you want, Lord?” The angel said, “God has heard your prayers. God has seen that you give to the poor, and God remembers you. Acts 10:2 NCV
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’sPray 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.
Remembering Rep. John Lewis, his Call, his names, the seeds he sowed and the plants that grew in our nation. A Living Sacrifice.
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 Georgia Congressman
A Change Agent
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:
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.
The story in Beauty Beyond Bones captured the pulse of my prayers for NYC and other communities that feel flatlined by the Covid-19 pandemic. The author of the blog, a resident of New York City, said, “NYC flatlined.” The NYC that I know and love is a vibrant, bustling, spirited city fueled by the lifeblood of her people. Beauty Beyond Bones wrote about a current Pandemic view of NYC where empty streets, closed businesses and the uncharacteristic silence of a city mourning the loss of many people. I wondered if NYC flatlined. I’ve heard a variety of opinions from my NYC relatives and friends. Most people agree NYC streets are quiet, relatively empty and stillness penetrates the air. Yet, I find stillness can be a strength.
As a former NYC resident I imagine her pulsating through this second tragedy in two decades. Several years after 911 the city was filled with tension and restless anticipation of another tragedy. This is certainly an indescribable time in our country’s history. My heart goes out to anyone who lost loved ones. Sending my deepest condolences. I hope all who suffer find relief, healing, comfort and peace.
We are called to separate from friends and loved ones during crushing times in our lives. Many learned to pray and plead for God’s presence in ERs, waiting rooms, ICUs and wherever Social Distancing dictates. NYC is getting ready for this next sprint where she presses on toward the mark of her higher call. If, NYC and any community shows up for the race toward less contaminated fields without their shoestrings tied they could experience flatlines instead of a finish line. The prospects for success are shady without essentials such as, protective equipment, tests supplies and the means for processing Covid results.
NYC and other communities struck by the Covid-19 virus may appear lifeless or flatlined due to the numbers of deaths and sickness. It’s difficult to rebound when so many people are still sick and dying. But, the pulse of life is present and daily recovering. Many thanks for the nurses, doctors and others on the front lines rescuing patients and sacrificing their lives to do so. Let us pray they receive the highest praise by giving them a higher measure of preparation,k and tools to meet the challenges. We can prayerfully wrestle with this pandemic and win while we also embrace the hope of saving lives and our livelihoods.
During my years as a Critical Care Nurse in a New York City Hospital I wore clogs because shoestrings were not dependable in a busy surgical ICU. I cared for many patients including Arthur Ashe during his first Open Heart Surgery. He was young, robust, and vibrant. The standard of care was not compromised or threatened by a lack of equipment or supplies for patients and providers. I recall changing my mask more often during one shift than current nurses do in days.
In some ways, NYC resembles the heart. It’s always beating, pulsating, contracting, and relaxing. Prolonged relaxation without contractions may lead to lethargy. Lethargy May feel like you’re flatlining. Exercise such as marching in place may reduce that feeling, and add cardiovascular benefits. There are other risk factors.
Friends, the tenets of Florence Nightingale’s days during the Crimean War saved lives. She instituted hand washing and reduced infections and the hospital’s death rate by two thirds according to her 1860 publication, “Notes on Nursing.”
“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.” (Florence Nightingale)
My faith inspires me to practice speechless praying while examining patients in my clinic. I would pray as I passed my stethoscope across a patient’s chest years before attending seminary and becoming an ordained pastor. The gap between Practitioner and Pastor was a wilderness experience. Some patients sensed my prayers and welcomed the feeling of calm and peacefulness.
If you or someone you know experienced the death of a loved one from this Covid-19 Virus then, feeling flatlined may describe your feelings. Give your self time to grieve. Others should stay in touch with you.
Love never dies. It grows deeper.
As a Nurse, I couldn’t fully process the deaths of my patients until midnight, the end of my shift. During my walks from the hospital to my NYC apartment I experienced NYC as a city that never sleeps. The pulsating skylights seemed to affirm these thoughts. “I did your best, and I trusted God to do the rest. Peace Be With You.”
These days, I write prayer prescriptions(RX) for anxiety, fear, grief, hopelessness, sadness, isolation, insecurities and more. Prescriptions (RX) are free, without risks or adverse effects, and known to benefit all. Prayers are powerful. I call the Higher Power, the Holy One, God, more often these days. “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on…(add name).
Let’s breathe and pray.
Spirit of the living God breathe Light, life, and healing in our lives. Almighty, strengthen our endurance. As we enter the Sanctuary of Your love, build our spiritual relationships with you, and your children.
Let this be the fast that connects us in spirit. Keep us safe. Let us tap into your Power that’s beyond our finite imagination. Help us use this power to serve You and Your will, O God.
Let us bear witness to the gift of faith. O Lord, grow the seeds of caring and compassion within me..
Let’s call You, O Holy Lover, the Great Stream of Light, the Almighty, and the Creator.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm., by pressing the reset, and calming the toxic impulses.
We pause, fast, give and stretch our spiritual muscles. We open space for You are Holy, Almighty, a LoveSupreme and the Beam of Light pulsating throughout darkness.
We pray, Lord, have mercy on those who are sick, separated, in harms way, and without a place to stay. Help us overcome invisible attacks, losses, feeling flatlined by heartbreaks and heartaches.
We give thanks for our loved ones, especially those who are no longer with us. Help us to live peacefully without them.
Help us to love, comfort and care for one another. Help us to do and to be our best. To trust You, O God will do the rest.
Let us park and pray at 1:11 pm.
Pray these words, “As You will O God, as You will.”
Almighty God, we are parked in our homes, away from businesses, schools, churches, merchants, family, friends and foes. We are parked and now we pray.
Lord, we call on you to help us. We need your supernatural power to overcome the Coronavirus and it’s impact in our world.
Your Holy power is greater than any strength we can ever imagine.
Merciful God, increase our ability and stamina to withstand the risks of sickness and sorrow.
I lift up my eyes to the hills from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord. Ps 121:1
Our eyes are upon you, O God. Here our prayers and have mercy on us, we pray.Almighty God, speak peace, calm the raging seas within and around us. We are parked in shelters, institutions and communities. Lord, arrest the forces of this horrific virus. Bend stubborn attitudes, disingenuous behaviors and injustices that threatens to interfere with medical care.
We are your people. We hear your call. We are parked and we pray.
Loving God, we look up to you for our help and strength. We depend on You. Holy Mother comfort and feed us. Holy Father protect us from harm. Holy One, breathe on us.
Unite us as your children.
Answer our prayers.
You have our attention.
Give us Your Grace, Peace, Healing, Love and more.
Have Mercy on us. Lord, we are parked now and we are praying now at 1:11, morning, noon and night. We cry ABBA! Hear our prayers.
In your Holy Name. Amen.
Next Prayer: The Prescription
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn…then I will hear from heaven and forgive…heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
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
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.
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
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.
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
Lord Have Mercy! Have Mercy, O Lord! When school bells stopped ringing When voices are silenced by gunshots When innocent lives are stolen, When there’s terror and fear. We need You O Lord! Trouble is near. Lord Have Mercy! O God, Who moves the hands of clocks, Who jumpstarts and awakens a sluggish heart, Who fills lungs with air and restores each breath. Eternal God, with us in life and in times of death. We park and pray at 1:11, for lives lost and broken families. Lord Have Mercy! Put away the weapons and remove the rage Disarm those who harm and fail to protect, Who lack humane dignity and respect, Lord, we pray for those injured, in pain and suffering.
What if you’re on your way to an unfamiliar destination. Maybe you’re fearful about getting lost, being alone and abandoned.
Do you feel like you are under watchful eyes?
The Psalmist reminds us:
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8
Prayer is a way to acknowledge and accept the Lord’s help.
There are many ways to Park and Pray. You may find yourself parked or sitting on a bench at a bus stop. Maybe you’re willing to stop wherever you may be at 1:11 pm.
At the bus stop you see bystanders, strangers and an onslaught of traffic racing around a rotary. You hear a melody of horns, tires screeching, babies crying and a host of multilingual conversations. You are distracted and confused by the commotion. Your peace of mind diminishes.
Yet, Spirit calls you to mindfully withdraw from the crowds and enter into a sacred space where God waits for you.
You lift up your eyes to the hills and you ask, “Where will my help come?” You are reminded that your help comes from the Lord. (Ps121:1)
So, you to embrace the Light and you feel the presence of the Divine. It’s as if a breeze gently touches and guides you. Feel the raindrops extinguish your doubts and shower you with calmness.
You’re on your way and you’re not alone.
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8
Let’s Park and Pray
Almighty God, thank you for waiting and watching over me.
Thank you for awakening me to your presence and for walking with me.
Forgive me for doubting your presence and your promises to love me and never leave me.
Lord, strengthen my faith and renew my hope. Help me to discern your voice, your messages and your will.
Holy Spirit inspire me with passion and patience to prayerfully watch, wait and walk with You always.
Holy one, may I always know your presence, especially when I am lost, feeling hopeless and abandoned at the crowded bus stops in our lives.
Receive my prayer in the powerful name of my Savior. Amen.
Friends, no matter where you are along life’s journey join us in spirit. Park and Pray at 1:11 pm with us.
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What is it?
Is there such a thing as falling upward?
Is it something you plan to do or is it an accident? What is it that pulls you upwards? What pulls you out of the weeds and close to the clouds?
You’re far away from whatever holds you down. Enjoy it!
Hang in there! Hold on!
You’re standing on tree limbs of a sturdy tree. Look around you and now look 👀 up. It feels amazing!
Do you wonder how you will get down? Do you care? What if you just stay up there for a while?
How does it feel to fall upwards?
It defies gravity.
But, it does not defy God.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11
Almighty God, so great is your power, magnificent is your strength and awesome your wisdom. You are amazing!
Gracious God, help me to find your peace in the midst of the weeds, the trees, the dark clouds and raindrops. Help me to feel your peace especially when I’ve fallen and I struggle to get up. May I hold and share your peace at all times.
Thank you for the blessed assurance of your presence. Holy One, I give myself to you, to safeguard, protect, build and lead as you please.
It’s a habit, reflexive, ingrained, intuitive and spontaneous.
It’s 1:11 and it’s time to 🙏🏾.
Time to press the reset button in my day and in my life.
Reset back to a peaceful time. Yes, it’s time to get centered. Time to connect with the Holy. Praying renews my strength.
One day while shopping at 🛌 🛀 and Beyond I parked my 🛒 in a quiet corner of the store. I leaned forward and rested on my 🛒.
I parked and 🙏🏾 at 1:11pm.
Holy One, thank you for watching and waiting for us to call you. O God, we need you. We need you to shine your Light in the darkest places in our society. Destroy hatred and injustice. It’s evil, contagious and it’s killing your people.
“Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to you O God, who is merciful.” Isaiah 55:7
Gracious God, “deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” In Our Savior’s Name. Amen
Holy One we give thanks for those who serve as mothers in our lives.
For mothers whose loving arms nurture, protect and support us.
For mothers whose footsteps we follow and shoulders we lean on.
For mothers who are shepherds of your people.
For mothers whose spirit continues to feed us.
We give thanks and praise in Your Holy name we pray. Amen
Poor, homeless for three years, robbed of the few goods he collected and denies he’s broke. He wears the same clothes daily, and declared he had no money. He only begged for one thing. Steve lit a candle and asked for prayer.
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm for World Peace.
Dear God, we mourn the loss of 49 people who were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. They prayed and we pray they did not die in vain. Lord receive their prayers and our prayers for World Peace. We pray for healing for those who were injured. Comfort for those who are grieving. A change of heart for those who are filled with hatred and rage. Holy One shield us from harm and protect us at all times, especially while we worship and pray. Bless us with World Peace now and always. Loving God, let it be. In our Savior’s Name. Amen
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27 NRSV
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eye—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” – (Job 19:25-27)
Grieving our loss & Celebrating their lives
A PRAYER of LAMENT
By Debbie Przybylski
Lord, I know that you are faithful over all things, even the hard, dark times of my life. Help me not back away from you in my time of grief. Help me instead to lean into you and trust you, even when I do not understand your ways. Please keep my head above the waters of anguish and my feet from slipping off the ground of truth. Help me see you in these hard moments and glorify you in my response. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
My adult son revisited his childhood book and he found new meaning –>
What matters most?
The fall or the getting up? ——->—>
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Nelson Mandela
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11
Holy One, you are amazing! You show up when I need you. You speak to my heart and soul. You give me strength to hold onto the ledges, edges and cliffs of life’s journey. When I fall down on my knees you welcome me and lift my burdens. Falling in love with you is an incredible journey. Spirit of the Living and Loving God fall fresh on me so I may fall up when I’ve fallen down. Draw me close to you so I may follow the Light of your Holy presence. In my Savior’s name. Amen