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Monday, September 29, 2008


September 29, 2008

Our country is on the brink of a financial depression unlike anything America has seen since 1929. The symptoms of the financial “disease” have spread to Europe and around the world. Our congress is voting today for a bailout. God connected us to this world when he placed us here. We have all corrupted his world by believing that the “garden” itself was the miracle, not the creative God who breathed his breath into us and claimed us for his own. We, as a nation of believers, must turn our faces back to God and thank him for ALL of his blessings. Rather than looking at what we think we have lost, let us focus our hearts on what we have been given. Let us pray:
“Oh mighty God, creator of life and all there is, we humbly bow before your Holy name. You continue to create and recreate, even when we refuse to acknowledge your omnipotence. May we see your hand on our country as we dig out from under what greed has caused. Restore our country, your people, to the mighty nation you have called us to be. We pray today for wisdom, insight, unselfishness, and inspiration from you, for ourselves and our lawmakers, as they vote on these grave issues that underpin our national and personal financial security. Forgive us when we have wanted more and more of anything and everything, without considering the consequences of our childish desires. Forgive us when we have failed to be thankful for what we have been given and have neglected the care of what you have already intrusted into our safe keeping. We are like locusts, devouring the very blessings you have given us. Give us thankful hearts, an appetite for your love rather than for “things,” and the wisdom to insure that greed does not have a chance to destroy the very blessings you have given us. Forgive our laziness when we have not stood vigil over this “Shining city on a hill” and have allowed evil to creep across our borders. As stewards of your blessings, we have been called to stand guard, within the breech between our families and the world. Like Peter at Gestheme, forgive our falling asleep when we have been called to “wait and watch.” We cannot say like Peter did, “Our spirit is willing but our body is weak.” We have been weak in character, not body, for allowing this chaos to threaten our homes and families. Grant us awareness and discernment, so that we may each do our part in the crisis. To you, oh Father God, we will give ALL the glory for your healing of our land, if we but turn to you. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ your son, we pray. Amen”
Copyright 2008 Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.
“God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”

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