This morning my heart is so full of sorrow I’m finding it difficult to write. I cannot explain to you the source of this sorrow without promoting the ugliness causing it. Yesterday, I read the inner thoughts of many on Facebook and they left me feeling angry, sad, and lonely.
The strength to explain my feelings about race in this country, in the Christian faith, and how it has influenced my own life escapes me. Mostly, I cannot do this without giving my heart up to hatred.
Today, I want you to provide the words. I want you to take (5) five minutes of your day to intentionally pray. Please consider moving beyond just reading this post and contemplating it for a moment. Maybe this means writing your prayer out. Maybe it’s finding a quiet spot and pray your inner thoughts to Jesus, you decide. But, I invite you to pray (3) prayers:
Pray for your enemy. Who is that person, that group, that cause which gives rise to great feelings of anger? Pray for them and ask Jesus to help you sort out your feelings for them.
Pray for the servants. We are often asked to pray for soldiers and police officers who put themselves in harm’s way. Continue to pray for them, they desperately need it. But, I also want you to pray for the pastor, social worker, teacher, and community leader who willingly go into the most violent neighborhoods to serve the poor, weak and vulnerable. Those who give up wealth, safety, security to help people know they are loved.
Pray for peace. Pray for those who do not know it. Pray for those who are in the best position to promote it. And then, pray for yourself to help you see your role in making it happen.
“The exchange with God becomes real for us in prayer: by his Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell within us. By his word and by the sacraments, Christ gives himself to us. In return, we can surrender everything to him.” Brother Alois, Taize, “Letter from Cochabamba. (Read Luke 2: 33-35)