Carp, God’s Light and Praying for Enemies

Look! One of the fish is being prayed for! Carp in pool at the Ihilani.

Good Morning, God!

I love doing this blog!  I love picking out photos. When I selected this one, I had no idea what the caption would be. But, it just came to me so clearly! When we pray for someone we help focus Your Light upon them.

I remember Rev. Marge Terpstra saying that when we pray for someone — we can ask You God to surround them with Light. I forget exactly how that came up. Might it have been because I was inclined to pray that You would FIX people, God? When we pray for people we love it is easy to pray for them to be surrounded by Your Light — Your Golden Healing Light.

However, when we are embarked on the difficult work of praying for someone we feel has wronged us — or harmed someone dear to us — it is so tempting to pray for them to SEE THE LIGHT AND REPENT.

I’m sitting here, smiling ruefully. What came to mind when I wrote the phrase SEE THE LIGHT was the image of an interrogation room with a bright light shining in the face of the accused — rubber hose at the ready.  Sigh. That’s what’s in MY heart, God — not in Your Heart.

I just started a book called Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean — no, it’s not a joke book by Mel Brooks — it is well researched book about Jews who fled the Inquisition back in the 1600’s. I didn’t know that the Inquisition was also active in the New World. The Inquisition was so Evil — and to think that they did it in Your Name, God!  Please forgive us!

We humans seem inclined to “force” people into “right relationship” with You. Mind You, a somewhat assertive prayer isn’t as bad as the Inquisition that tortured men’s bodies — then burned them alive — to “save their souls” (and incidentally confiscate their property).

But, I take Your Point God! You command us to Pray for our Enemies! And You tell us that if they are thirsty GIVE THEM A DRINK — if they are hungry FEED THEM. Somehow, I am pretty sure You would want us to HEAR THEM, too.  Help us, God . . . Please, HELP US! EXPAND OUR HEARTS!

Story teller,

Posted in being a Slow Learner, Expand my Heart, God's Light, Light, listening, Prayer, Praying for our enemies, the Light of the World
One comment on “Carp, God’s Light and Praying for Enemies
  1. Dean Vestal says:

    thank you so much Margie, I love the gentleness of your concern for others and yet your earnest care and ginuine prayers. This is a beautiful thing you are doing. Please add me to your email list if you will. Blessings and Aloha,

    Dean

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