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Monday, October 2, 2017   A Message from Father Shannon.
“I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.”
1 Timothy 2: 8
Let Us Pray
But how do we do this, O Lord, in the midst of unspeakable evil? People are frightened and disquieted, hurt and angry.
Holy hands are lifted to you, but they are pleading for answers and guidance. We know in our hearts and we proclaim in our
streets that you are the God of mercy and patience but are you not also the one who sits on the throne of judgment? Your words,
spoken through the prophet tell us “My ways are not your ways, nor my thoughts are your thoughts”; then
show us your ways and reveal to us your thoughts! Forgive me for my boldness in approaching the throne with
these prayers, but we have been taught to cry “Abba, Father”. Your Son came into this violence, was killed in violence,
and preached peace.
What does this peace look like, Father? Does it mean making peace with evil and making do the best we can?
Your followers have always stood against oppression and tyranny, very often at great cost to themselves, and I believe that
we are ready to do so again. But we are beyond the “us and them” theology, which separates your creation. We are aware that
your spirit is moving over all creation but that some have erred and turned from your ways bringing cowardice, death and
injustice to the world.
We commit ourselves to working for an end to all tyranny and bringing to justice those responsible
for these acts. Keep us mindful, O Lord, of the innocent who have lost their lives in this time, of the innocent who are being
used by the terrorists as a shield against capture and protect them by your unfailing presence. Guide Governor Sandoval,
Mayor Goodman, METRO and the leaders of the world in your thoughts and ways and use us, we pray, as “doers of the Word not hearers only”.
We do indeed lift up our hands to you, sure of your unfailing love.
Fr. Shannon Leach
Rector, Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church
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