Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying"

Day 14: September 28, 2013

“Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying...
Send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace.”
(Hymn by Ken Medema)

Rachel is weeping for her children and their suffering. God tells her to cease her crying and remember that she gave birth to a nation. There is hope even in the midst of darkness. 

Like Rachel, we pray for children. We ask to feel God’s presence in their lives and hope for a better life for them. But how do we create a peaceful world for them? Love. We love. We love them, we love our neighbors, we love our enemies, and we love our earth. We love, we love, we love, and we ask for the power and grace to do it again and again. 

Dear Everlasting God, Send your Spirit in the darkness and in the light. May we strive to establish the kind of world that our children deserve, that our children’s children deserve. May we never cease to love, because sharing your love is the answer. Amen.

Johanna Kennelly Ullman
Assistant Minister
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Portland, OR 

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