Take a break to pray

Sep 15, 2014 by

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What if God’s people took a sabbatical from the issues that divide us? What if we took a break for a year and focused our energy on God’s power to change us and the world? What if during that year we prayed? Not that our problems would go away. Not that those with whom we disagree might see things our way. But for an end to violence in our homes, churches, schools, cities, countries and world. What if we cried out to God, repenting and seeking forgiveness for our contribution to the hatred and violence? So that one in four women might not feel the pain of domestic abuse. So that children might feel safe in their homes and towns. So that we might stop sending young men and women to be killed and to kill. What would happen if we put aside our differences and prayed without ceasing?

Mary Brenneman Yoder
Kalona, Iowa

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