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.

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”

Extraordinary

“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

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Taking Off the Masks!

Masks made by Renay Intisar Jihad

Let’s take a deep breath. Pray…

Dear God,
Help us!
Uncover what’s hidden behind our masks.
Help us O God!

Breathe with a fresh understanding.

Yes, uncover hatred, racism and tainted privilege.

You’ve removed the masks and allowed many to breathe.

No more of “you can’t…but I can!”

O God, Light of the world. You’ve torn off the mask and awakened the dead. Unbound Lazarus is awake and without his mask!

Holy One! Shine your Light!

Illuminate a path for healing, reconciliation, recovery and renewal .

Magnify Peace! Righteousness !

Love Divine, Merciful Savior,

Help us inhale your love.
Help us resolve our country’s history of slavery, racism, innocent blood shed, and bigotry.
Help us resolve the ways we are complicit and complacent.

Many eyes are now open to the horrors of racism and racial divide that’s designed to overpower those who suffer and endures the torment.

It’s more than a nightmare.

It’s so much about conquering, overpowering and fear.

Remove the masks! Reveal the scars, purulence and abscess.

Debridement! Dig deep!

We need a Debridement!

Remove the dead and the infected parts!

Dig deep into America’s history of slavery. Extract the false narratives. Remove the rotten wisdom? tooth!?!

A root canal. Explore and extract all that is rotten and full of pain.

Dear God,

Hear our prayers.

Help us understand when unarmed Black and Brown men, boys and women are a threat greater than a gun.

Please God, have mercy!

Black Lives Matter to You God!

Black Lives Matter to us!
Black Lives must matter to All!

Time out! Time out!
Time without masks that hides our sins.

No more cover up.

No more covering our noses and avoiding the stench of racism.

God help us!
Take off our masks and witness what’s hidden.

Almighty God,

Shine a light on evil practices of racism, injustice and priveledge .

Merciful God,

Take off all masks!
Shine Your Holy Light on a righteousness path.

God help us!
Take off the masks! No coverups!
Shine a floodlight on our past, present and future.

May Your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. O that we may be a place for healing and renewal. Let us go. Give thanks, O God.

Embrace Your Holy presence.

We Park and Pray at 1:11. Amen

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia R.I.P

Before we turn the page let’s park and pray at 1:11 for Ahmaud

God, You who formed his inward parts; You, Almighty God knitted him together in his mother’s womb. We praise you, for he was fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.” Psalm 139:13-14.

Dear God, your eyes beheld his unformed substance. In Your Book were written all the days that were formed for him. A precious gem, a work in progress and a life that tragically ended.

Merciful God, comfort his family, friends, community and world, shaken and awakened again by the stench of evil. Hear our prayers.

Almighty Healer, search all who are wicked. Give them a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a mind that rejects evil and delights in goodness.

May the Light of your Holy presence be our Guardian and Protector. Thank You for promising to love us, give us grace and eternal peace.

Lord, hear our prayers. ICN, Amen

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Renay Intisar Jihad – Welcoming our Guest Writer

Cool Mom

unhandlin’ things
just lettin’ go
of all those things
I think I knew or know
‘bout love,  life,  livin’
& naggin’ cravins’
I’m no wannabee
bein’comfy in
my own brown skin
 
unhandlin’ things
for now, ‘tis good
to just be here
in the now, not the should
 
gonna kick up my feet
& read a book
not a “how-to” book
somethin’ funny & good
 
be lazy as hell
no one bet-not say nothin’
sleep as late as I want
even eat in bed often
 
gonna swim in a lake
with my clothes off, too
not for exercise
but for sensations brand new
 
gonna shop at the mall
not for a “minimizer” bra
or a tummy-thinnin’ girdle
or a “sliminizer” dress
somethin’ simple, but loud, will do
long as it’s comfortable
 
share with my hubby
a ton of love
give to my family
go beyond and above
 
get on a plane, go
to who knows where
get on a train, go
to who dares care
 
just stroll, crack jokes, ease
my way through crowds
talk soft, talk junk
talk loudly, talk punk
doing whatever
I damn well please

Renay Intisar Jihad B.A., M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

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RX for a City Flatlined

Have you ever read a blog and felt like having a conversation with your inner self about it?

I’d like to hear your thoughts after reading my blog, inspired by this blogger’s message, “http://www.beautybeyondbones.com/Covid-19 NYC, a city flatlined.”

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.

Imagine a race without shoes and a clear path.
Imagine addressing Covid-19 without
preventative teaching, testing, treating and tracking.

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.

One of our best weapons against disease

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 Love Supreme 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.”

“Thank you God.”

Are You Parked?

Are you PARKED?

Let us park and pray at 1:11 pm.

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

Simply Powerful

Is there someone in your life who needs peace?

This is what God promises and delivers to you:

“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

Pray this simply powerful prayer at 1:11 pm with me in spirit.


Master Gardener, I heard some folks complain about the weeds in our gardens that ever so often wrap around our tongues, hands and feet.

Weeds interfere with our ability to be at peace and give peace.

Many struggle to release these weeds, roots of entanglement that kill the peace that you give us.

As one vice is released another one stands up against many of us.

It’s a constant battle to be free and at peace.

Master Gardener, hear our prayer.

Holy One, release all who are bound and at war.

O Merciful Peacemaker, prune our gardens.

Magnificent Lighthouse, shine your Divine Light on all who fear.

Shower your people with your Holy peace.

Thank You O God for giving us your everlasting peace.

In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen.

Remember God’s Promise

“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

God Move this Mountain

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To the God who does extraordinary things through ordinary people. Give us peace.

To the God whose power is bountiful. Let not a virus prevail. Spread your love, O God.

To the God who moves mountains, raised the dead to life and heals all manner of diseases, conquer our fears and all that breaks our body, mind, and spirit.

Holy Spirit, that permeates every cell within us, cleanse whatever is spoiled. Strengthen whatever is vulnerable and protect whatever is healthy.

Bless us with a common love for you and one another.

In our Savior’s Name we pray. 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

Thanksgiving Prayers

Prayers for Thanksgivings

Holy One,

We give thanks for Your Presence, Love, and Mercy. We give thanks for Your Blessings and Grace.

We give thanks for those who are present, missing and passed.

We give thanks for relationships and goodwill that lasts.

We give thanks for friendly strangers, workers, farmers and cooks.

We give thanks for life, living, comfort, challenges and giving.

We give thanks for Thanksgiving and the blessings we share.

God, we give thanks as our meal, our time, our conversations and new memories. Fill us with your Peace, Light and Love ❤️ on this day and always.

In Your Holy name, we pray.

Amen.

A Grateful Heart

Almighty God, in this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks with a grateful heart.

You fill us with your Word, clothe us with your Grace and anoint us with your Righteousness.

Love Supreme, we sing praises and we give thanks with a grateful heart for your enduring love.

In your Holy name, we pray. Amen

All Things Pure

The greatest punishment one can have is to discover, not how hard, but how low one has fallen. M.B.S.

Park and Pray at 1:11

“Almighty God, through your mercies may we recognize our faults, and withstand any evil influences within and around us.

Strengthen us so we won’t yield to temptation. Deliver us from our evil ways. For glorifying You and doing Your will is our highest purpose.

Your power, strength and might protects us, prepares us to resist evil and cling to all things pure. In Thy Holy Name. Amen.

“Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.”
Romans‬ ‭12:21‬ ‭NRSV‬‬

A Prayer Santa Clarita School

For healing and strength.

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
.

Daily….We Park and Pray at 1:11.

Not Again!

O Lord not again!
Not again!
Not Again!

It’s hard to comprehend
Seems impossible to defend
A call, a response and an innocent life ends?

Again?
Oh Lord not again!
why!
When no one provokes or ignites!
No one defends or fights!
No one is armed or threatens to harm.

But, Lord again and again!
An unarmed innocent life ends.
It keeps happening over again!

O Lord not again!
Not again!
We need You
To Protect and Defend
Children and innocent victims
Without You there is no end

O Lord not again!
Not again!
Not again, Lord,
Please Lord not again. Amen.

Free Parking

Park and Pray is

Free,

No Meters,

Ticketless,

No expiration!

It’s Available,

No Limits!

It’s Proven,

It’s Harmless,

No Side Effects!

It Requires: A-T-T-E-N-T-I-O-N

Attention

Time

Talking

Effort

No Coercion

Total Focus

Investment

Open heart

Now or never

Faith in God

What the Lord Promises when you

“Come to me,

all you who are

weary and

burdened, and

I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and

learn from me,

for I am gentle and

humble in heart, and

you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and

my burden is light.”

Jesus of Nazareth Matt. 11:28–30

Pray

O God, hear the prayers of my heart, mind and soul. I wait with mercy and thankfulness for your response. Amen.

The Bus Stop

Psalm 121:8

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.

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Friends, no matter where you are along life’s journey join us in spirit. Park and Pray at 1:11 pm with us.

Check the menu tab for your name on the prayer list and for additional prayers.

Unexpected Guests

I struggled with naming the title of this Reflection but writing the Prayer was a breeze.

Remember the movie, “Guess Whose Coming to Dinner?”

Do you remember the guest, the handsome Sydney Poitier, a poised, smooth, and debonair Black man who won the hearts of many?

Yes, but, it didn’t happen without a struggle.

Someone boldly invited him to dinner. Eventually others welcomed him.

He wasn’t the boogeyman or the big bad wolf who planned to “huff and puff and blow your house down.

The guest was already equipped to be a friend, a neighbor, a worker and lover. The folks around the dinner table had to change their perceptions and ways.

Today, we are faced with unexpected guests.

We are challenged to reach across our tables and invite an immigrant father, mother, child and family to dinner. Pray with them and for them.

We are called to do our best.

Trust God will do the rest.

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

Almighty God we look to You for guidance as we struggle with a humanitarian crises involving guests who are seeking a refuge from life threatening situations.

We are grounded by Your Spirit, Word and Love. Bless us with the means and ways to honor justice and welcome our guests to a bountiful table.

Inspire us to welcome an asylum seeking immigrant family. Equip us with the tools to address their most urgent needs. Bless them with the righteous desires of their hearts.

Gracious and Merciful God we thank you for making room for us at your table. We are grateful to be Your guests and servants. Feed all who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

O Holy One feed us until we want no more. Until we can say and believe that, ” The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.”

We Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

In our Savior’s name. Amen

Falling Upward

Falling Upwards

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.

In Your Holy Name. Amen.

I Can’t Help Myself!

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

A Mother’s Day Prayer at 1:11

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

Finished

Hated by the world,

Sold for thirty pieces of silver,

Sweating blood in Your agony,

Betrayed by Judas,

Forsaken by Your disciples,

Struck upon the cheek,

Accused by false witnesses,

Spit upon in the face,

Denied by Peter, .

Mocked by Herod,

Scourged by Pilate, .

Rejected for Barabbas,

Loaded with the cross,

Crowned with thorns,

Stripped of Your garments,

Nailed to the tree,

Reviled by the people,

Scoffed at by the malefactor,

Wounded in the side,

Shedding Your last drop of blood, .

Forsaken by Your Father,

Dying for our sins,

Taken down from the cross, .

Laid in the sepulchre,

Rising gloriously,

Ascending into Heaven,

Sending down the Paraclete, .

Jesus the Innocent Lamb of God,

sacrificed for us, Jesus our Mediator,

Jesus our Redeemer,

Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

https://www.cbmidwest.org/prayers/0307SevenLastWordsofJesus.pdf

https://www.bible.com/2016/jhn.19.30.nrsv

A Poor Stranger’s Prayer

He had many needs but only one prayer

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.

Loving God let it be

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

A Prayer of Lament

The WORD

“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

Trinity Washington

Chris Alves

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.

https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-of-lament-your-daily-prayer-july-15-2016.html

Falling Up

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

Remembering Dr. King

Glorious God who calls us to

Remember Dr. King

Calls All People to Break Free!

Fall on our Knees & Pray

Walk the Talk

Listen to a Deeper Way

L👀k behind and step forward

Wise God who guides and gives us a future with hope. Give us this day Bread for the journey is long and your people are hungry for justice.

A Prayer for our Congresswomen


Dear God,
Today, on this momentous day in our country’s congressional history, I am reminded of Mary, Holy Mother of Jesus, Son of God whose time and place was a fulfillment of prophecy. She received God’s call and accepted her assignment to give birth to the Divine. She was fearless, compassionate, patient, enduring, introspective and confident. Her works continue to inspire and unite people throughout the world.
Today, as each congresswoman takes her rightful place in leading our nation I pray she will recognize the voice of the Divine and use divine wisdom in her decisions. I pray she is steadfast and enduring, united and uniting in the causes that will strengthen our nation. I pray God’s Grace in her life, healthy stamina and restful sleep. May God’s Light shine on and in her. May God bless her to be a beacon of hope, peace, love and a path for freedom, justice and equality for all. Many will park and pray at 1:11 pm for her and for all who serve our nation. In Our Savior’s Name. Amen.

About Photo

https://www.readingthepictures.org/2013/01/the-new-congress-women-and-a-cultural-change-that-profound/

Christmas Blessings

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A Prayer for a Blessed Christmas
Almighty God, with a reverent heart, we give thanks, honor and praise to you for your great love in the gift of your Son. We pray for “A Blessed Christmas and New Year!” Gracious God with a grateful heart we receive your gift and share this gift of love. Help us to do your will, follow in your ways remembering your call to make, “Peace on earth, good will toward all.”

In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

A Choir of Candlelights

Wait! What do you see? A Star? Red, white, blue and green? A wooden Cross? A chandelier? Candlelights, sunlight and our reflections? A Choir of witnesses?

Yesterday, we prayed as we lit a candle for each state that experienced incidents of mass gun violence in 2018. We prayed for our nation and world.

Did you know that as of August 2018 there were 268 incidents of mass gun violence in the USA? https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/charts-and-maps

Imagine, our nation held numerous Prayer Vigils and devoted more than 275 days praying for peace, comfort and an end to Gun Violence. God hears our prayers. God is still speaking. Are we still listening?

Candlelights eventually fade yet, a prayer is like an endless flame. We are called to pray without ceasing.

What if we lit a candle daily?

Today is Advent, a time to wait, watch,

When you Park, and Pray at 1:11 pm try lighting a candle.

Light a candle, watch it, hold it and imagine you’re holding a prayer. Ask God to “give you this day your daily bread” in other words fulfill your needs.

Seek the Great Light of God and allow that light to enter those dark places in your life and the lives of others.

A Prayer at 1:11 pm

God of life, Light of the world,

God of Peace and Protection.

Your presence is profound,

Your work is beyond our imagination,

You do impossible things,

Your joy is our strength,

You fill us with Your grace,

You give us ways to conquer our fears,

You heal our brokenness.

You lead us out of our wilderness.

Help us to be a candlelight in the midst of darkness.

Help us to wait, watch and listen for you,

As we listen for your guidance.

Teach us to trust and obey

Guide our feet, O Lord,

Restrain the hands that harm us,

Arrest the wicked hearted,

Strengthen the weary ones, O God.

Transform cruel and misguided minds.

May Your light burn bright in our lives.

In Your Holy Name. Amen

Jesus’ Prayer for Protection

“And now I (Jesus) am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:11-15 (Scroll down to continue)

Norman Rockwell

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 daily for protection, peace and justice for all.

“God, deliver us from evil.”

We remember with heartfelt agony those who perished in the midst of acts of hatred, bigotry and disregard for life.

“God, deliver us from evil.”

We remember with sadness the fatal shooting of two unarmed Black patrons in a Kentucky grocery market.

“God, deliver us from evil.”

We remember with deep concern for our former Presidents, leaders and public officials whose lives were threatened with hateful rhetoric and makeshift bombs.

“God, deliver us from evil.”

We remember with grief the 11 worshippers who were gunned down and 6 injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

“God, deliver us from evil”

We remember sinners and saints who touched our lives.

God, protect us from hostile acts and disregard for life.

“God, deliver us from evil.”

We remember acts of loving kindness.

We remember God, who calls us to love one another.

God, Love Divine, who welcomes our expressions of love.

We seek the Most High, the all Wise, Protector and Healer.

We vote, speak and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

We park and pray at 1:11 pm for all our neighbors.

We cry out and we rejoice in the Lord of Life!

God, whose presence anoints and lifts our spirit.

Merciful God, who delivers us from evil.

“For thine is the kingdom power and glory for ever.” Amen

Power in Peace

Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

“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 ‭‬‬

Almighty God, as each day begins, help me to be aware that there is power in the peace that you give me. Help me to hold onto this power and peace. Merciful God, help me to resist any temptation, apathy or tendency, that may cause me to relinquish it. O God, I call you at 1:11 pm and I prayerfully look to you to renew my power, refresh, restore and maintain my peace and my neighbor’s peace. At the end of the day, may I rest and sleep in peace and gratitude for the gift of power and contentment in Your Holy presence. In my Savior’s name. Amen.

Aretha, Beauty, Virtuous & Excellent

Dear God, thank you for blessing us with Aretha Franklin. Her gifted voice and powerful spirit continue to edify your name. Your teachings about love, respect, righteousness and more are woven in her songs. Her music represents a tapestry of life. Holy One, thank you for inspiring and equipping Aretha with a powerful voice, an instrument of love, peace, and healing. There’s no sitting still when Aretha, the Queen of Soul’s voice is heard. Her spirit filled voice propels us to rise, hold our heads high, reach beyond the sky. We remember her manner of praise in her life and song as an extravagant and awesome gift!

Thank you Almighty God for Aretha, who experienced your holy presence early and throughout her life. Her music reflected the times in which we live. Times when we shed tears and laughed with her! Aretha, the Queen of Soul, often grounded us in your Supreme Love, a Divine Love. Aretha’s life and her songs are also reflections of our joys and sorrows. Queen Aretha reminded us in her life and in her passing that still waters run deep. In the midst of troubled waters, there is hope. You are One Lord of all who is the Bridge, the Way Maker, the everlasting Savior who gives us Life, Breath, Pulse, and Passion. Aretha means Beauty; Virtuous; and Excellent! She lived her life as the Queen of Soul, who ministered to many souls. Aretha, the Queen of Heart whose music still tugs on our heartstrings. Aretha, gone but never forgotten.
Eternal God, receive her into your everlasting peace. In our Savior’s name. Amen.

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Say a Little Prayer

I Say A Little Prayer

During the 1980’s I had the esteemed privilege to care for former Prisoners Of War or POWs while employed as a Nurse Practitioner at the VA Medical Center. I admired those POWs who represented less than 10 percent of my panel of 900 veterans. During my encounters with them I saw evidence of their bravery, humility, tolerance and gratitude. I listened as they shared their war stories. I examined their battle scars and assessed their intrinsic vulnerabilities. I found in them the highest form of resilience and perseverance. As we honor Senator John McCain, a former POW, whose life, sacrifices, contributions and legacy remind me of the former POWs in my care. McCain approached his terminal illness and poor prognosis like his military battles. Love for his family, friends, country and service dictated the course of his life. Like the former POWs in my care, John McCain charged into the battlefield of life each day to fulfill a greater mission, chart a more stable course, defend our freedoms and renew our hopes. He will be missed.

Although we are still recovering from the loss of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, a mighty pillar, powerful spirit and a compelling witness! I imagine her greeting John with an inspirational song of praise and prayer profound enough to rock the heavens. Imagine hearing them sing this prayer. Imagine singing it with them in spirit.

“The moment I wake up. Before I put on my makeup I say a little prayer for you.”.

Imagine singing this prayer and praying for one another.

“I Say A Little Prayer”
The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

Forever and ever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I love you
Together, forever, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

I run for the bus, dear
While riding I think of us, dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break time
I say a little prayer for you

Writer(s): BACHARACH BURT F, DAVID HAL

It’s 1:11 p.m! Where Are You?

It’s 1:11 p.m! Where are you praying?

It was a sunny day when I parked under this tree to pray at 1:11 p.m. Here’s what happened.

After praying I looked down and the ground was covered with blackberries!

I looked up at the trees above my head and I snatched a handful of this sweet fruit.

I looked up at the trees above my head and I snatched a handful of this sweet fruit.

I stayed under the covering of these beautiful trees and I enjoyed these gifts.

I embraced the sunlight that pierced through the branches. I stayed and prayed.

Lord, I give thanks with a grateful heart for our time together. Thank you for your grace. Your blessings are unconditional and your love is boundless. Your Fruits of the Spirit nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Lord help your spiritually malnourished children receive you and use your food according to your will. Bless all with a constant flow of compassion for all your children. May serving you with passion be our first and last meal of each day.

Parking and Praying at 1:11 p.m. in our Savior’s name. Amen

God’s Presence, Power & Purpose

It’s amazing what we miss when we fail to simply park and pray at 1:11pm.

There are signs of God’s Divine presence, power and purpose all around us. God’s creation is filled with signs that we can see, feel, touch and hear. God speaks to us in many ways. God wants to be in our lives.

Sometimes I barely say a spoken word when I pray. When I park and pray at 1:11pm outdoors, I listen to the sounds around me. I am reminded of this great hymn “How Great Thou Art!” It becomes a chant in response to burdens I’m carrying. “How Great Thou Art!”

In the midst of your inner challenges try chanting “How Great Thou Art!” Look around you and imagine the branches of the trees clapping. Listen to the birds sing and the sounds of squirrels running across the grass. Feel each mighty breeze brush against your back as if you grow wings. There’s a power that stirs within us as and offers a blessed assurance that God knows our joys and our tribulations.

For many years, I searched for God’s presence and I wanted to strengthen my relation with God. This is what I discovered. First, believe God is present. Second, believe God can and will fulfill your needs. Third, believe in the power of prayer and then, Pray. My life changed as I became aware of God’s presence.

Let us pray.

Almighty God you make your presence known day and night. You are the Light that pierced through dark clouds, trees and landscapes. You meet us at the crossroads of our lives. You call us to “Be still and know that I Am God.” You remind us to call on You and ask for “Amazing Grace.”

Thank you Lord. Thank you for being patient with us. Thank you for picking us up when we fall down. Thank you for holding our hands and at times carrying us when our burdens weigh us down.

Have mercy O God! Lord forgive us. God, renew, strengthen, guide and bless us. Bless our neighbors near and far. Shine your light on us and in us. Give us your everlasting peace.

God teach us to pray.

Amen (Let It Be).

Come With Me

http://bible.com/111/mrk.6.31,33.niv

It’s 1:11 pm. Time to stop. Park and Pray. Rest in God’s presence.

Dear Lord,

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.

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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.

Why Park and Pray at 1:11 pm?

I needed a time to press the reset button. There are days when I need to restore the Peace that God gives us early, just before we’re awake. Sometimes in my haste to start the day, I forget to receive the gift of God’s Peace. Prayer is a way to receive the Peace.