Pray for Peace.
(ThyBlackMan.com) You may know me personally, or you may not know me personally. Whichever happens to be the case, I care about you and your well-being. I pray for you. There is so much going on in the world right now. It seems that few of us know about the good things happening. We hear about the bad things. We read about the bad things. The internet, the newspapers, the cable news networks, and the network evening news programs faithfully administer our non-recommended daily allowance of doom and gloom. Ladies and gentlemen, prayer is needed. I urge you to join me.
Let’s pray for peace.
Let’s pray for peace as it relates to our Senators and our members of Congress. I honestly believe that the vast majority of those in the U.S. Senate and at the House of Representatives are God-fearing, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens who really do care about performing the duties of their elected office decently and in order. They have friends and families just like we do. They have good days and bad days just like we do. They are keenly aware that certain issues – such as job creation, reconciliatory measures to deal with racism, a fair living wage, our tenuous infrastructure, tax inversion by wealthy individuals and large corporations, meaningful immigration reform legislation, and true gender equality – have been ignored for far too long in this country.
These cans have been kicked too many times down too many roads. There comes a time when good people must stand up and ask questions some may find disturbing. Questions like “How did things get this way?” And “How can we address this issue in a way which is for the benefit of as many American people as possible?” And “Am I actively part of the solution – or am I actively part of the problem?” Everyone wants to be respected. Most people want to be well-liked. Everyone needs to feel important. I acknowledge that. Being a Senator or a Congressperson isn’t a popularity contest. It never was, and it never will be. Such a high office demands serious thoughts from serious people on serious matters.
Party affiliation shouldn’t come first – America should come first. So I pray for conversation. I pray for consensus. I pray for reconciliation between Democrats and Republicans, between Democrats and other Democrats, between Republicans and other Republicans. I pray for cooperation between the President and the Senate, between the President and the House of Representatives, and the President and his Cabinet members. Let there be peace – from heart to heart and from breast to breast.
Let’s pray for peace as it relates to armed conflict in the Middle East. Even as Israelites and Palestinians negotiate for peace as it relates to the Gaza Strip, missiles are being launched. Bullets are being fired. Soldiers on both sides are being killed. Innocent civilians on both sides are being killed. If you happen to think that what’s happening over there doesn’t affect you here in America, you’re mistaken. It does. It affects you in ways you may be totally unaware as of yet. The growing threat that is ISIL may demand a limited U.S. military response in both Syria and in Iraq. I am wary of any combative scenario involving our brave men and women in uniform in Iraq. Far too much American blood and treasure has already been spilled and spent there as it is. So I hope for peace in the Middle East. Dear Lord, hear our prayer.
Let’s pray for peace as it relates to the ongoing hostilities between Russia and Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin continues to escalate tensions on the Russian border for reasons which are clear only to himself. The sister nations of Russia and Ukraine are currently aiming guns and missiles and tanks and other ordinance at each other rather than calling for a cease-fire so that peace can be negotiated thoughtfully. The economic sanctions imposed upon Russia by President Obama and European nations over the past few months have the Russian economy on the brink of a deep and potentially long-lasting recession. Perhaps President Putin will elect to do what is right for Russia instead of worrying about his image globally. I pray for peace in Eastern Europe. Let wisdom prevail over weaponry.
I’m not proposing that we wait for Superman. As awesome as Superman is, he’s a fictional character. The conflicts I’ve mentioned, however, are all too real.
Folks, please pray for our President. Pray for all of our leaders: local, statewide, and nation. Pray for our great nation. Pray for your friends, for your family, for total strangers, and even for your enemies. I humbly ask that you pray for me. I will happily pray for you.
Let’s pray for peace – individually and collectively. God answers prayer. Amen.
Staff Writer; Arthur L. Jones, III
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