God of Strength, bless Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, mayor of San Juan. She has been working tirelessly for the people of her city. She told the truth about the horrific conditions after Maria, rejecting the administration's falsehood that what is happening in Puerto Rico is "a good-news story." With every fiber of her being, this woman is resisting the colonialist, racist greed of the current occupant of the White House. God, I ask that you bless Mayor Cruz with aid to her communi
God of Compassion, bless the companies who are trying to help Puerto Rico. The current administration was slow off the mark to respond to Hurricane Maria, has yet to provide adequate resources, and is hesitant to commit to long term efforts. While a better federal response is still desperately needed, some companies are stepping up. The University of Central Florida will offer in-state tuition rates to students displaced by Maria; AT&T is trying to help connect family members
Steadfast God, I lift up those who marched today in St. Paul, Minnesota to protest the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. While the Enbridge Energy company calls this a "replacement" for an older line, it would cut a new corridor of 160 miles, go over 20 watersheds, and threaten both water supplies and wild rice fields. A coalition of 28 groups--from Black Lives Matter to the Sierra Club to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe--participated, with hundreds of people marching together
Holy God, I pray blessing on Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney who is a candidate to represent Alabama in the senate. Jones is a proponent of fairness, education, affordable health care, and abiding by the Constitution. He speaks out against racism. His opponent, Roy Moore, openly endorses racist, heterosexist, and bigoted views; he was twice removed from the role of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to uphold the law.
Jones is tangibly resisting the
Gracious God, I pray tonight for everyone doing the difficult work of staying engaged in political discourse and attempting to remain sane.
Chaos is part of the current administration's agenda. Attacks on the common good from different directions, at different levels of government, with different vulnerable groups targeted.
If we each respond to every threat, we will be incapacitated. If we all turn away and pretend it isn't happening, we will have abdicated our responsib
God, I pray for Senators Susan Collins, Rand Paul, and John McCain. So far, they are refusing to vote for a thrown-together mess of a bill that would cause incredible harm to millions of people.
Yep. The bar is that low.
Gracious God, I pray that there are really smart people in Washington, D.C. who are experts on North Korean culture, history, and politics and are working diligently to avoid war. I pray they have counterparts in North Korea, South Korea, and China--smart people who are experts on the culture, history, and politics of other countries, working diligently to avoid war. I pray there are policy wonks and diplomats and international peacemakers working every angle towards peace. I
God of Justice, bless Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and other athletes who refuse to accept bigotry, prejudice, and plain old stupid. The strategy of dividing Americans against each other in order to gain power has been used for centuries. These guys are naming it. May all people of good will in the U.S. learn something of teamwork and truth-telling from these athletes. Amen.
God of Courage, bless the Cahokia Quarterback's Club eight-and-under squad, who knelt during the national anthem before a game this week to support those protesting in St. Louis. Continue the work You have begun in these children. Pour Your blessings on the parents, grandparents, neighbors, and aunties who are teaching them. Encourage Coach Orlando Gooden, who answered the children's questions with honesty and honored their decision to kneel. Strengthen the community and soli