|A Prayer Diary||
Who of us would dare to stand before God and say—“My God, judge me as I have judged my fellow men?”
A Prayer for Historic Emanuel AME Church of Charleston, SC
Dear Mother Emanuel:
You, who authored courageous slave rebellions, who suffered and survived wretched bigotry, burnings and earthquake,
You, you who worshipped underground when black churches were outlawed ...
Dear Mother Emanuel, in this day of grievous heartache we wrap you in bands of prayer.
We pour out upon your broken hearts the healing balm of Gilead.
You, whose shepherd has been taken from you,
whose building has become a tomb,
whose children are terrified:
We stand with you.
We weep with you.
We rage for you.
We keep vigil with you for your beloved dead.
May the God of Moses and Miriam, of Jesus and the Mary's,
anoint you with healing, furnish you with hope and,
one day, some day, mend your torn hearts and wipe the tears from your swollen eyes.
God help us.
Iona of my heart,
Iona of my move,
Instead of monk’s voices
Shall be the lowing of cattle;
But ere the world comes to an end,
Iona shall be as it was.
Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise.
Fr. Richard Rohr (www.gratefulness.org)
The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Intercessory prayer is hard work, but it is a work of love. It is carrying those we love and long to be healed on our hearts, and taking them mysteriously and wonderfully into the very heart of God.
Br Geoffrey Tristram, www.ssje.org