NOTE: Throughout this week, I will be offering prayers for my daily devotionals. This is the mechanism I am using to process what occurred this past weekend.
August 7, 2019
Prayer of Hope: I refuse to give in! I refuse to give up! The fullness of your life enfleshed chose to reject his own fears to preserve the irrefutable power of love. Great and Merciful God, there is a brokenness within our culture. Some use the language of demonic as they declare it an inevitable happening in an evil world. I refuse to give in! I refuse to give up! You created us, everyone of us – every color, race, gender, age, orientation, nationality, religious belief. There is nothing about us that changes your opinion of us. Jesus stepped into a moment of time when national rulers and religious authorities declared the value of some and worthlessness of others. When there was nothing within the structures of power to shape an appreciation of humanity’s diverse beauty, the insecurities of some gave birth to fear. This fear so easily became institutionalized hate that manifested itself in violence. I refuse to give in! I refuse to give up! Yet it only takes a few to stoke the fear and fan the flames. It only takes a handful to become a hateful horde. This is where my voice and my body are given to you, O Creator God, for I believe in the power of your irrefutable love. Continue to instill within me the conviction that your love shall have the final word, and if that conviction resides within me, I will refuse to give in or give up. My voice and my body are yours, for your vision of love must first find fullness within me before I can share it with the world. Amen.
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