The Gate of Worship - Psalm 24 and 15
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A Prayer for Leaders at Any Time in History - Plus Some Orphaned Ideas

 
 
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Prayer for Leaders
I prayed this eight years ago today, and will renew it today without alteration:
 
Lord, God, I pray for our leaders and potential leaders, for our President and anyone who may come into that office. May they be blessed and guided, refreshed and equipped. You know no party and affiliate with none of our artificial labels.
 
May those who make critical decisions consult wise advisers and weigh the consequences of their decisions.
 
May they act with compassion toward the poor and powerless and with fairness, justice, and pragmatism tempered with truth.
 
May they be seekers, whether they be elected or candidates for election.
 
Temper their speech.
 
Grant them the grace to agree with their opponents when their opponents ring true.
 
Grant them the courage to speak truth when no one else agrees.
 
Grant them the confidence of their convictions and the humility of those who are willing to test those convictions.
 
May we, who occupy the highest offices of the land, citizens with the power to vote and speak, listen deeply, ignore rhetoric, and inform our consciences.
 
Then, when all the votes are counted, may we continue to speak truth in love and pray for those whom we have called to office, loving them and respecting them as our leaders, but also challenging them to greatness and righteousness.
 
Help us to appreciate those who differ with us, who challenge our own presumptions and assumptions.
 
Teach us to listen to one another and respect our differences.
 
Help us to embrace those who do not share our faith and appreciate the insights they bring to bear upon our minds knowing that You can speak to us through them.
 
Center us in truth. Thy Word is truth and you love truth wherever it leads us.
 
This is my prayer of the moment.
 
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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Thoughts on Others

It is about to become a season of contention.

So many opinions are about to be voiced.

Others will be swallowed, intimidation, indifference, or fatigue will drive them into the oblivion of silence.

Nevertheless, there will be judgment and thought. 

I have opinionated friends
Not opinionated fiends.
I love them on the right.
I love them on the left.
That is because they keep me centered.

I have opinions too ... I pine.
I whine.
I dine.
And I often cross the line ...

Leaning to the left ...
Leaning to the right ...
Silent sometimes ... vocal other timesssssssssssssss ....

Times. It is about times and sometimes,
Sometimes it is about time to speak and sometimes,
Time to be silent.

I just may not tell you my perspective and let you tell yours.
Some times ... you say it better or
I am still thinking or linking ideas.
I see it your way, mine, and the other way.
There are no fiends here,
Just friends with differing views.

I am trying to decide what to do this hot, decisive, nasty political season with so many unfair and unkind accusations, but also, really important ideas that divide us.

We shall see. I may stick to principles and leave personalities alone.

Sometimes, I think it is best to stay slightly confused, uncertain, and tentative rather than getting locked into boxes that no great thoughts or inSpriation can unlock.

Yes. I spelled it that way on purpose.

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Orphaned Ideas

Place of anger in choice making - low.

Place of anger in energizing positive choices to right wrongs - high.

Anger as an emotion that must be subject to the conscious will and our values.

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Ending a sentence in a preposition is something, up with which, we shall not put.

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And while we are on language that makes sense:

"May I help whose next?"

It only makes sense if it is two separate questions.

Better, "May I help the next customer?"

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and now, some music for you to think by ....

 

 

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