40 days for life

October 18, 2012

Lord Almighty,

Each one of us has been personally created by You. Our personhood is not measured by our skills, but by the image of Your likeness. We thank You for the dignity of life. Amen.

Exodus 4:11, Malachi 2:10

Diocese of South Carolina

October 18, 2012

Yesterday, when I read of the disciplinary action taken against Bishop Mark Lawrence, I wept. I found great comfort is Torre’s post on Psalm 11. If you haven’t read Psalm 11, please do. It changes the frame of reference from the natural to the supernatural, the greater reality.–JW

Psalm 19:1-6, Song of Solomon 2:10-15
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Father, we thank You that the heavens are declaring Your glory over the Diocese of South Carolina.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
Reveal to Bishop Mark Lawrence and the standing committee Your knowledge and speech.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,their words to the ends of the world.
May the witness of this diocese go out into all the earth.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
Jesus, You are the bright morning star and the bridegroom of the church. Come leaping over the mountains and bounding over the hills. Run like a champion rejoicing along the 33rd and 34th degree latitude and the 79th, 80th, and 81st degree longitude in the Diocese of South Carolina.
Speak to Your church:

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”

Jonah 3:6-4:4

October 18, 2012

Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, “Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish?” (Jonah 3:6-9)
      Lord, let the people of this nation humble ourselves before you as the people of Ninevah did.

Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that he had said he would bring upon them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10)
      Father, please turn your fierce anger from us for we know that if we humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways that you will hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14)

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!” (Jonah 4:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, so many desire judgment for others and mercy for themselves. Have mercy on all of us and let your mercy triumph over judgment. (See James 2:12)

Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” (Jonah 4:4)
      Jesus, please help us let go of our anger and rejoice over your cross and your mercy. Thank you.

Heal Our Land – Jamie Rivera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zjTSLLLYlk

A word received: Pray for the poor of the land. Pray for my protecting hand upon them. Pray for their protection from those who would eat them as bread.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Jonah 3:1-4:11: Acts 27:27-44: Luke 9:18-27
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Ecclus. 1:1-10,18-27: Acts 28:1-16: Luke 9:28-36

Albany Intercessor

40 days for life

October 18, 2012

From Priests for Life (Roman Catholic):
O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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