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Do it again, Lord

(As I prepare this post last night’s election have yet to be officially come in. It is clear tho, that “feelings will be hurt” and one side is going to tempted to gloat while the other will feel that their county gas been snatched from them.

The US is going to still divided.

So tho it is qq years have passed since the following was witten, I still find so much of it relevant for this time – Ninure da Hippie)

Max Lucado Prayer for America


America Prays
Sept. 15, 2001

Dear Lord,

We’re still hoping we’ll wake up. We’re still hoping we’ll open a sleepy eye and think, “What a horrible dream.”

But we won’t, will we, Father? What we saw was not a dream. Planes did gouge towers. Flames did consume our fortress. People did perish. It was no dream and, dear Father, we are sad.

There is a ballet dancer who will no longer dance and a doctor who will no longer heal. A church has lost her priest, a classroom is minus a teacher. Cora ran a food pantry. Paige was a counselor and Dana, dearest Father, Dana was only three years old. (Who held her in those final moments?) We are sad, Father. For as the innocent are buried, our innocence is buried as well. We thought we were safe. Perhaps we should have known better. But we didn’t.

                   And so we come to you.  
                   We don't ask you for help; 
                   we beg you for it.  
                   We don't request it; 
                   we implore it.  
                   We know what you can do.  
                   We've read the accounts.  
                   We've pondered the stories and 
                   now we plead, 
                   "Do it again, Lord. Do it again."
                   Remember Joseph?  
                   You rescued him from the pit.  
                   You can do the same for us.  
                   Do it again, Lord.
                   Remember the Hebrews in Egypt?  
                   You protected their children 
                   from the angel of death.  
                   We have children, too, Lord.  
                   Do it again.

And Sarah? Remember her prayers? You heard them. Joshua? Remember his fears? You inspired him.
The women at the tomb? You resurrected their hope. The doubts of Thomas? You took them away. Do it
again, Lord. Do it again.

You changed Daniel from a captive into a king’s counselor. You took Peter the fisherman and made him
Peter an apostle. Because of you, David went from leading sheep to leading armies. Do it again, Lord, for
we need counselors today, Lord. We need apostles. We need leaders. Do it again, dear Lord.

                   Most of all, do again what you did at 
                   What we saw here last Tuesday, 
                   you saw there on that Friday.  
                   Innocence slaughtered.  
                   Goodness murdered.  
                   Mothers weeping.  
                   Evil dancing. 
                   Just as the ash fell on our children, 
                   the darkness fell on your Son.  
                   Just as our towers were 
                   the very Tower of Eternity 
                   was pierced.
                   And by dusk, heaven's sweetest 
                   song was silent, buried behind 
                   a rock.
                   But you did not waver, O Lord. 
                   You did not waver.  
                   After three days in a dark hole, 
                   you rolled the rock and rumbled 
                   the earth and turned the darkest 
                   Friday into the brightest Sunday.  
                   Do it again, Lord.  
                   Grant us a September Easter.
                   We thank you, dear Father, 
                   for these hours of unity.  
                   Disaster has done what discussions could not.  
                   Doctrinal fences have fallen.  
                   Republicans are standing with Democrats.  
                   Skin colors have been covered by the ash of burning buildings.  
                   We thank you for these hours of unity.
                   And we thank you for these hours of prayer.  
                   The Enemy sought to bring us to 
                   our knees and succeeded.  
                   He had no idea, however, 
                   that we would kneel before you.  
                   And he has no idea what you can do.
                   Let your mercy be upon our 
                   President, Vice President, and 
                   their families.  
                   Grant to those who lead us 
                   wisdom beyond their years and experience.  
                   Have mercy upon the souls who have departed and the wounded who remain.  
                   Give us grace that we might forgive and faith that we might believe.

And look kindly upon your church. For two thousand years you’ve used her to heal a hurting world.

                Do it again, Lord. Do it again.
                   Through Christ, Amen.
                   Written and prayed by Max Lucado

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