When I was in the darkest moments of my illness, unable to move, totally dependent on others for my continued survival, I was at the same time, free to travel, to make a difference, to continue “the work [God had given me] to do” (1) because I could pray. With heart and mind and (inner) voice I could give thanks and praise, I could intercede and petition. So it is that I encourage you to pray today and tomorrow for our brothers and sisters in Sudan who take part in a Referendum to determine the path into the future. Your prayers make a difference. All our prayers, our crying out to heaven, have a power beyond our imagination. We need only slow down, think, feel, love, and pray.
As you pray, or if you need more information, I commend the Carnegie resource on Sudan and its Referendum, There may a lot that you cannot do in this matter, but one thing you can do, one thing the People of Sudan are counting on you to do: you can pray.
For further reading and reflection:
- The Anglican Communion rallies in prayer and support behind Sudan
- Praying for Peace – the efforts of the people of Trinity Wall Street
- Prayer Vigil in San Diego – a Prayer Vigil planned for January 8, 2011 at 7 pm in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Diego
(1) adapted from the Prayer after Communion in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 366: “Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.”