Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Special Note about Today

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9

So if you've pulled up this blog today, I'm going to do something a little different and ask you for a bit of a favor today. I know it's Saturday, and we're all busy doing this and that, but there's something special and different going on today in this great country of ours.

This week I've been watching the Olympics, and I've been watching all the athletes take part in their competitions, and more than once I've heard the American athletes talk about how proud they are to represent their nation. I heard one basketball player who normally plays professionally talk about how he simply got goosebumps when given his red, white and blue jersey. It has been exciting to watch, and seeing the displays of patriotism has actually been a little moving.

But what is going on today is an event in the great city of Washington DC, specifically at the National Mall. There is a great gathering taking place there today hosted by an organization called The Call, and what they are doing is gathering to pray. They are gathering to pray for this country, to pray for a nation torn in half by politics. They are gathering to pray for peace in our country from within, for the two sides of the nation to no longer be divided, but to come together in the interest of peace and prosperity. It is an election year, and a heated one at that, and I think it's very important that we all take some time to pray for our country, for unity and healing before the real divisiveness really starts. Perhaps if we turn to God now, and ask for his blessings upon our nation at this time, we can see an election process happen peacefully. God wants us to ask for his intervention, so that's what we are going to do.

What I am asking from you today is just a few minutes of your time to pray specifically for our country. People are angry and hurting and they need our prayers. The Call gathering is going to be taking place specifically between 10:00am and 10:00pm, so know that when you take your few minutes to pray, your voice will be added to the voices of thousands and God will hear that. And if you're checking into this blog and it's not during that window of time, that's okay. Pray anyways, our country can certainly use it.

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