IF MY PEOPLE WILL…

5 08 2012

2 Chronicles 7:12-14

12the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

On the occasion of the dedication of the first Temple in Jerusalem, after the offering of many oxen and bulls was accepted by God, with Holy fire consuming them on the altar; God promised Solomon:

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then I shall hear from heaven; then I shall heal their land.

A multiple shooting and possible hostage situation at a Sikh Temple in suburban Wisconsin was “Breaking News” today as we prepared our family brunch.

A few burnt eggs and half-cooked hash browns later, we learned that several people have been killed and some wounded; including the responding Police Officer to the scene.

Our humble, sincere prayers are offered to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the families, loved ones and all connected to this horrific situation. We pray for the First Responders, the Physicians and many medical professionals treating the survivors; also for the shocked community and the many officials investigating this tragic, evil act.

We are saddened as well as filled with righteous indignation; pleading: ‘Enough Lord, please help us! Enough of the hate and evil; enough of the divisiveness that pits human being against human being with suspicions due to their color, their religion, their culture or nationality and politically leanings or sexual identity… We say, “Enough, Lord.”

Enough of the ignorance that encourages public figures to make self-serving accusations against innocent people because of race, religion, the circumstances of their birth or the texture of their hair!

Lord God in heaven, we submit ourselves to You and say humbly: Enough, O Lord… we cannot fix it… we pray for You to step in, Father. Just as you shut the mouths of fierce lions set against Your Prophet Daniel because of lies; Father-God, shut the mouths of all those that rage in high places; calling for hate, calling for mistrust, and accusing without a cause. Our land is scorched, are crops fail, we ask Your forgiveness. It is enough Father-God; not another life is worthy of fulfilling this evil quota of intolerance…   Surely, it is enough.”

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