Father today I’m not praying for myself specifically, but rather for my brothers and sisters in my country, and around the world, who are suffering at the hands of other men and women who use their limited human power as a force of entrapment, enslavement, coercion, and disenfranchisement.
My prayer for myself is that I’m never disillusioned by what I see and hear in the world, because I know that the images and instances are of darkness and not Your Light. I know that the pain I feel keeps me connected to You, as You keep showing me ways that I can be an agent of positive change.
Father protect Your innocent, free those who are mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually in bondage. Touch the hearts of the oppressors and remind them of their limits and their potential destiny. Help them to right their wrongs.
I humbly pray to You today and every day. Amen.
Look around you. Look in the news. Look on social media. Read the newspapers. Our world is under attack and it’s not by bug-eyed alien beings from some far away planet. We are under attack by humans. We are hurting each other, killing each other, destroying the very things we love, for something that we can never truly possess—power!
Racism, sexism, classism, and all of the other “isms” are dividing and destroying us. We have more in common than in difference. The energy that we spend trying to keep someone else “down”, enslaved, dependent, and beneath us, could be better invested in lifting people up in the Light. We benefit more when everyone is rowing the boat and contributing, not just a few. We benefit more in peace than in conflict.
Work to turn ghettoes and slums into communities.
Work to invest in communities and areas that can benefit from jobs, and where they can also become job creators.
Work to turn an outdated educational system with a heartbreaking dropout rate, into a flourishing one filled with hopeful, innovative and productive students.
Work to make primary and secondary education a right (and free) for all, not just a few.
Work to empower young girls to stop looking for “daddy” in every male that they meet, and instead stand tall as God’s rays of light.
Work to empower young boys to fully assume the responsibilities of manhood when that time comes, rather than turn into leaches on society resembling their days as breastfed babes.
We keep forgetting that these people that we vote or allow to be in power, to rule our lands and our lives, are not our God. Look closely at your scriptural textbook and see what happened to those individuals who had a god complex, and forgot that they were actually powerless.
Don’t sit back and watch the walls collapse and crumble around you. Our actions speak louder than our words. It’s what we do that God looks at, not just what we say. We’re all spiritual beings having a human experience, and we all want the same things in life: dignity, freedom, structure, shelter and resources, respect, and love.
Questions of the Day
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