Praying on Tuesday.

Jesus. We say your name in refuge today on behalf of our people, county, and directly for those experiencing racial hostility, pain, and loss. For He Himself is our peace, and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14

Lord first we need the human to God connection, then we need the human to human value of dialogue. Help us do more than post, but rather call and reach out to check in with people of color in our circles, from members in our church to students we have had, friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. Lord help us listen, help us care. Give us understanding, a renewed passion of fairness, and the humility to listen and learn and the courage to try imperfectly. Help us hear the mega phone of the grieving. We pray for solidarity and unity in order to conduct our lives better going forward. Jesus you were wrongfully murdered and understand the evil work of injustice, a work you came to destroy and to this end we pray.

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:1 b

Our American nation is experiencing trauma fatigue and struggling in the aftermath of lock-down, the economic challenges and educational challenges while grieving a coronavirus death toll of 100,000 Americans which is better numbers than projected. Horrified and stricken over George Floyd we respect his value and stand in solidarity with his family over his death.

We are gaining a renewed understanding of what it has meant for a culture of color, a beautiful people to have overcome repeat offenses and instruct us in 400 years of black resilience. Muted on Tuesday we strain to hear Liberty’s intent in her unbiased voice, “give me your tired, your poor your huddled masses yearing to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teaming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Can you hear the original purpose of our nation? Come to me. Human life matters here. Black life matters here, color is welcome here, color is beautiful. This America is still possible, please pray with me.

Praying this Tuesday.

Jesus educate us, Father liberate us, Holy Spirit remove biased ideology. Lord we ask for humble and wise leadership from Presidency to pulpit, from sport arena to classroom, from table to table in our homes across this land. Lord help us to move past our imperfections of standing with one another. Help us to stand together anyway. God of Justice, raise the voice of compassionate humanitarians and lawmakers. In unity we pray for brotherhood and sisterhood of peaceful discourse and public goodwill to return to our land. Help us dialogue well. Help us listen well in order to govern well. Align our motives to the foundation of human value, black value, the value and beauty of every color. Let us not shrink in silence nor act out in violence when there is another way. Help us have the hard conversations to gain understanding and to maximize another’s welfare.

Amen.

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