God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation
We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way.
Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies
May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us,
Christ Jesus, hear us! Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!
For those who haven’t had the privilege of a great deal of global travel, nepotism at this scale is considered perfectly normal in most African states and other nations ruled by dictators, warlords and other corrupt leaders. What makes it noteworthy is that it is not the norm, and is even considered illegal in most democratic states. But, what else should we expect from the biggest #BLOTUS ever elected?
God our deliverer,
defender of the poor and needy;
when the foundations of the earth are shaking,
give strength to your people to uphold justice and fight all wrong,
in the name of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
David Stancliffe (1942-)
My hope for the new year is that we all learn the joy that comes from serving those most in need, May each of you be blessed by love; the love you receive from those around you, and the love you give for the least of these among us. May your hearts be filled with grace and your souls with peace.
As I focus more on the year ahead, my heart tells me that the struggle is going to be long and hard. That doesn’t bother me. What concerns me most is that we may be too divided to work together for what is best for all of us.
The real debate, as DiCaprio stated back in 2014, is not about partisan politics. The real focus has to be about coming together to address and confront those issues affecting all of our global family. This is a moral obligation that I am not sure we are capable of meeting.