On PeacemakingNew Every Morning | August 13, 2020
Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
We lit candles and stood on the street corner underneath a starry sky. We said his name so his mama, God, and every person walking by would know that he was a masterpiece. Because when we lose something priceless, something valued beyond measure, we hold it up and publicly bear witness to its value. We bear witness to the truth that when a life is taken, we are made all the poorer.
—Diana Oestreich with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
Today, how can you honor the life of someone you’ve lost? Join the conversation.
“Before I created you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I set you apart;
I made you a prophet to the nations.”
—Jeremiah 1:5 (CEB)
ONE: Make us lion-hearted, roaring at the acts of violence around us,
More dedicated to the common good than our own preservation.
May we learn to place those who are hurting first and ourselves second.
ALL: In your mercy, make us brave again.
ONE: Make us mercy, calling to those committing the violence.
Like lost lambs living in darkness, drinking bitterness, disconnected from
their true selves,
May we call them back to the fold, shouting loudly that they are created for
life, not death;
Kinship, not killing; love, not hate.
ALL: In your love, make us family again.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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I feel it is very important to dad to speak of mom, honoring her memory and the wonderful life they had together. Just yesterday on the way home from golf, he brought up the grief share group he was a part of last summer – that he had looked the materials again. I asked him if the sting of pain and sorrow had lessened – and he said it has. He still looks through their picture albums often, and of course, gets emotional. But there is more sweetness there, than pain – compared with previously. I know he still thinks of her so often. A memory of a restaurant, or a store – he will quickly comment on how much she enjoyed something. How he loved her.
I was telling a friend about how I painted my bedroom and that I just love the shade of it…although it might be too much for some people. I have white wicker bedroom furniture – and I commented on how my mom’s decorating taste I have acquired. And then I said, I hope I have her decorating touch, too.
Dinner last night with my former student was super pleasant. I picked up BBQ and we ate outside her house. We also took a walk as the sun got lower in the sky. Part of our excellent conversation revolved around introverts and extroverts. I would certainly tag her as an extrovert. But during this isolation at home – she has really enjoyed it and is finding she may be swaying towards being an introvert. She said she never would have guessed me to be an introvert. Which – when I teach – I am not introverted at all. But away from the classroom, I am completely content in solitude. I don’t enjoy groups of people just socially hanging out. We talked about my small groups and cancer support groups.
My friend’s lumpectomy went very well yesterday, as an outpatient procedure. She was home by late afternoon and feeling surprisingly well. Thrilled that lymph nodes taken and tested were cancer free.
I have pictures of my grandparents throughout my house. I even have some snapshots displayed where I eat breakfast and the current one is of my grandmother, Megan and I together in her home. I also use some of her dishes every day. They have wonderful memories surrounding them. I know not everyone understands how Megan and I feel about our kitties, but for those who do I will share what Megan found. She and I have lockets with vials that hold some of their remanins. So Pooka and Chai rest against my heart as well as within.
Prayers for Ally and David, may David receive God’s healing and may Ally receive God’s guidance.
Prayers for Jill and Larry as they move from sorrow only to also joyful memories. Prayers for Jill’s friend, may the cancer not return and may she recover quickly.
Prayers for Robert and his model train friends, may they all find this time of sheltering productive and finish many projects.
Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR
Memory. The ability to remember, I have a chest with special items, there are documents, and maps, hoto albums, dishes, silver ware, cook books, music in my head, a recording of her voice. I watch dramas and movies, and know and communicate with people, besides her children, who knew her. It’s all precious.
Have memories of cats, yes indeed they are members of the family. My son has photos and ashes of his very beloved cats.
Had another good walk early this morning before it gets hot. Am getting back in the swing of things in that regard.
I think I too was an extrovert in the classroom, but an introvert otherwise. What color is the newly painted room?
I share the prayers of Jill and Julie. Blessings, God’;s peace, stay safe and well. Thank You, Lord.
The last several years have difficult regarding loss. Losing mama last year was the hardest, but several dear friends passed and I felt their loss keenly. November will be 10 years since I lost my friend Angie to cancer. We met when I worked at a rehab facility in Nashville. She was recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone and we just clicked. She had cerebral palsy and had retired from her job working in IT due to CP complications She was a single mom who loved the Lord, her family, and her friends. We spent a lot of evenings watching movies while sharing a pizza. She had the most infectious laugh. She taught me a lot about not giving up. I miss her so much. I would like to honor her legacy by making my life incarnational keeping on when I want to quit. Angie sometimes had to do things differently but she worked at them until she did them. My life is so much richer because she has been a part of it. I look forward to our glad reunion in glory some day.
David was discharged by home health today. Nurse was pleased with progress made. She noted continued concern about the place on his back which we thought was skin breakdown. She thinks something else may be going on and directed us to continue to put prescription ointment on it and dress daily. If there is no improvement in a couple of weeks, she advised getting a referral to a dermatologist. Please pray for healing and for God’s will regarding my job. I really love my work, but the stress is getting to me.
I am so thankful for my UR family and give thanks to God that after years of reading the entry each day, I decided to post. Your continued support means so much. I lift you up in prayer each day and thank you for your insights. I pray everyone has a good and godly day. Be safe!