God of Hope, I give thanks for the officials from 25 states who have refused to comply or fully comply with the current administration's unwarranted request for a massive amount of voter information. Bless and protect them as they attempt to protect our democracy. Amen.
God of Mercy, bless U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who issued a stay of removal for over 1,400 people from Iraq who are the focus of a mass deportation effort. Many are Christians who would be forcibly returned to areas in which Christians are persecuted. All would be sent into serious danger. May every act of compassion be multiplied. Amen.
Faithful God, I pray for the six people who were arrested in Charleston, West Virginia on Monday for demonstrating at Senator Shelley Moore Capito's office, asking her to vote against the Senate's tax-cut/healthcare bill. Their names are Rev. Jim Lewis, Kayla Parker, Joe Solomon, Bill Price, Terry Pickett, and Paul Dalzell. I am grateful for every person who protested, marched, made phone calls, or faxed representatives in the effort to stop this legislation. As these six wer
Enduring God, I pray tonight for the American Medical Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Catholic Health Association, and every other organization that is speaking out against the Senate's tax-cut-disguised-as-healthcare bill. Help us stand together for the common good. Amen.
A prayer request from a wise friend: God of Mercy, may Justice Anthony Kennedy continue to live a full and vibrant life, and continue to serve God and country and the common good as a supreme court justice. Amen.
God of Wisdom, bless the constituents of Republican Senator Dean Heller, who have communicated to him that his political career might end quickly if he supports a tax cut for the wealthy that is paid for by taking money from Medicaid. Amen.
A friend requested that I pray for Robert Mueller, since it seems he has a large role to play in what happens next in the U.S. I have been hesitant to do so here, since I am praying for those who are resisting the current administration and the racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression it encourages. I have no idea if Mueller falls into this category, and--at best-- his beliefs about such matters shouldn't influence the investigation. I don't want him to resist; I want hi
God of Strength, I pray for those who demonstrated outside Mitch McConnell's office to protest the Republican healthcare bill in the Senate. Many of those present use wheelchairs or breathing machines. The legislation would drastically reduce Medicaid, which provides care for many people with disabilities, while giving a large tax break to the very wealthy. Police arrested 43 people, separating several from their wheelchairs and leaving blood on the floor. Pour out Your Spiri
God of Abundant Life, I give thanks for Rida Hamida and Ben Vazquez, organizers of a campaign in California called Taco Trucks at Every Mosque. During the month of Ramadan, Latinos/as/x invite Muslims to a meal of delicious halal tacos at sunset, when those observing the holy month break fast. It is an opportunity for these two communities--which already overlap--to develop friendships and solidarity in a political moment when they are both being targeted.
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