"The solution is to be found through the sanctification of the parents. Become saints and you will have no problems with your children." Father Porphyrios , Wounded By Love
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Illumination for Our Candidates
Although I've been tuned into the Presidential Election & Debates, as most of you probably have been, it dawned on me, that I haven't committed time to actually praying about our situation. Why, I asked myself, when everything else is deemed worthy of our prayers? Maybe I had excluded politics in my prayers. Maybe I expected our Church to endorse a side and therefore make my job easier. Maybe I looked for a person, a.k.a. a candidate, to show me the way....when in reality I abandoned the opportunity to cooperate with God directly about it.
Prayer is us working with God, for what He wants, rather than what we want. This is the harmony we've gotten so far from in our world, and until we get back to, the end will continue approaching. Thankfully, the Orthodox Church accepts this responsibility, collectively, for our world with reverence while praying for the sanctification of it in every Divine Liturgy. But I've got to contribute on a personal level also!
Imagine if as families, we did our part, to be the small "ekklesia" (church) in our homes, praying for the bigger world we live in.
For Our President and Other World Leaders
"Holy God, in all humility we pray to you who are the source of wisdom, bless and grant perfect health of mind and body to our President (future President), our Governors and all the loyal leaders in our world. Direct their thoughts, Lord, in the way of Truth, that they may enact, order, and enforce those things that are pleasing to You, those things that are pure, those things that are just, tending toward all excellence and virtue. Enlighten them to govern and to lead all people in the ways of Your righteousness, + for you are holy, now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen."