Israeli oil spill

December 9, 2014

This week,a pipeline carrying oil between Eilat and Ashkelon was somehow disconnected during maintenance work, flooding 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel with millions of liters of crude oil. It is already being called “one of the worst environmental accidents in Israel’s history.”

This passage of environmental blessing from Isaiah is addressed to those who seek righteousness.  Psalm 107:33-34 links environmental blight to wickedness.  It is difficult to discern in a specific situation what factors set the stage for blessing or curse and what was merely happenstance.  In prayers where I don’t know if sin set the stage, I simply say “If.”

Isaiah 51:1-3 (ESV)

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
that I might bless him and multiply him.
For the Lord comforts Zion;
he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Our Father in heaven,

The earth is Yours, Lord, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. All things were made through Christ, for Christ, and by Christ. All things are sustained by Christ’s powerful word.

Is not Israel holy land, holy earth?  If there are spiritual iniquities that set the stage for this defilement, then we humbly ask that You release a spirit of confession and repentance upon the people of this land.

May they seek You, Lord.  Stir in them a hunger for Holy Scripture.

Just as You were present with the three Jewish men in the fiery furnace, in deep humility, we ask for Your presence, protection, and provision for
–those engineers, industrialists, and civic leaders who are seeking solutions to the problem
–the clean up crews
–those whose livelihoods are directly impacted by the disaster
–the creatures of the environment and the food chain

Father, it is our heart’s desire that the holy land, the holy earth will be undefiled.  Amen.

Zechariah 2:12


Prayer Diary Sept 30 (10 favorite Tweets)

September 30, 2014

These are some Tweets I “favorited” this morning – situations needing prayer.  Organizations needing support.  Articles that challenge us to love others with Jesus’ love, Scripture verses that helped me to pray…

Click below to see 8 more favorite Tweets.

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Ebola: Pray for Liberia’s chief medical officer #PraytoendEbola

September 28, 2014

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah

(Psalm 61:1-4 ESV)


This morning I urge prayer for Liberia’s chief medical officer, Bernice Dahn.   She has been exposed to Ebola.  Her assistant recently died from the disease.  News reports indicate that although she is not showing any symptoms, Bernice Dahn has put herself  and the rest of her staff in strict 21 day quarantine so that she will not infect others.

One of the greatest tragedies of the Ebola outbreak is that it has infected at least  373 health workers in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, killing 208 of those.  Ebola is killing those who are most needed to help these countries fight this epidemic!

Father, we lift up Bernice and her staff to you.  Protect them from contracting Ebola.  Do not allow the virus to have any foothold in their bodies.  Comfort them as they mourn the colleagues and friends who have died from Ebola.  Lord we cry out for protection for all the medical staff and health officials on the frontlines in Liberia.  Give them much wisdom in how to fight this outbreak.  May their efforts show real results and may we see an evident slowing of the spread disease this week, we pray in the name of our merciful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Father, may Bernice know your presence with her in this time of quarantine. Be her refuge and her shelter.  Protect her from fear.  May this be a time of strengthening as she rests in You. Amen.


Sept 29 – Oct 5: A week of prayer for the Ebola Crisis

September 27, 2014

A number of Christian ministries, notably SIM, have designated Sept 29 – Oct 5 as a week of prayer for the Ebola Crisis.  For more details read our post below, or go to the website Pray to End Ebola or follow #PraytoendEbola on Twitter.

We will be posting daily prayers here at Lent & Beyond, using the Ebola Crisis Prayers tag.

UPDATE:  There is also a Pray to End Ebola facebook page.

#PraytoendEbola – SIM launches a prayer campaign Sept 29 – Oct 5

September 26, 2014

SIM, an international mission organization who has been on the frontlines of fighting Ebola in West Africa has called for a week of united prayer to fight Ebola.  The dates: September 29 – October 5.

They are making use of Twitter and social media to get the word out and to launch daily updates.  The Twitter hashtag is #PraytoendEbola  and there is a Pray to End Ebola website.

Below is a press release with some details about the prayer campaign.   I (Karen) will try to be posting daily about Ebola for the coming week if at all possible.

Don’t forget you can find all our prayers here at Lent & Beyond for the Ebola crisis using the Ebola Crisis Prayers link.

The SIM Press release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — SIM (, the global mission organization of which SIM USA ( is a part, is encouraging Christians around the world to set aside Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 and pray ( that God would stop the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

SIM encourages prayer specifically for the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak has been most severe. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3,000 people already have died from Ebola, and more than 6,200 probable, confirmed and suspected cases of the disease have been reported. Experts say infections from the Ebola epidemic could soar to 1.4 million by mid-January.

“Our aim is that prayers will be raised continually throughout the entire week on behalf of those infected and affected by the Ebola virus,” said Joshua Bogunjoko, international director of SIM. “Though we are troubled by this outbreak, we do not despair. Though we grieve, we are not without hope. For two millennia, the church has prioritized the sick and marginalized. We are called to do no less today.”
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April 3, 2014

Psalm 75:2-3 (ESV)
“At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.  Amen.

Flooding in Somerset Levels–Muchelney

February 16, 2014

Muchelney has the parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. I found no weekly Sunday services listed.

Psalm 68:24-35 MSG
See God on parade
to the sanctuary, my God,
my King on the march!
Singers out front, the band behind,
maidens in the middle with castanets.
The whole choir blesses God. . . .

Rebuke that old crocodile, Egypt,
with her herd of wild bulls and calves,
Rapacious in her lust for silver,
crushing peoples, spoiling for a fight.
Let Egyptian traders bring blue cloth
and Cush come running to God, her hands outstretched.

Sing, O kings of the earth!
Sing praises to the Lord!
There he is: Sky-Rider,
striding the ancient skies.
Listen—he’s calling in thunder,
rumbling, rolling thunder.
Call out “Bravo!” to God,
the High God of Israel.
His splendor and strength
rise huge as thunderheads.
A terrible beauty, O God,
streams from your sanctuary.
It’s Israel’s strong God! He gives
power and might to his people!
O you, his people—bless God!

Our Father in heaven,
I do not know all the forces afoot to block the weekly worship of You in Muchelney. Rebuke them, we pray, and fill the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul with music and praise. Amen.

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