Religion & Faith

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Healing the Heart of a Nation

Healing the Heart of a Nation

 Photo by Pic Jumbo

Photo by Pic Jumbo

A prayer of lament written by Anca Pintiliuc.

Crying out to the Lord and asking for a change in this world, specifically in our nation. We live in a world where hatred exists.

We live in a nation where racist hate crimes still exist.

We live in a nation where oppression and discrimination still occur.

There is a system that exists that puts one category of people on a pedestal and overbears another category of people.

Lord, I pray that you help each and every one of us to see the light.

You have made us all individually and beautifully.

We are all united through you, and through the soul. We are all brothers and sisters.

Lord, I pray that you may heal all of the broken-hearted, and allow us to heal each other in a wholesome community.

I cry and plead that you may allow us to see in a light of love, faith, and hope.

Lord please heal us as a society, bring awareness to these situations of unjust treatment. 

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:16-18


Note from Religion & Faith editor, Ariana Diaz: Tragedy after tragedy, the injustices the world experiences never becomes easier or less impactful. God never intended this for His people, however, we are here, suffering and mourning a new tragic loss each day. As a constant reminder, prayers are needed and effective, but action must always follow. Let us not be a body that merely waits for others to act, but let us be encouraged that God has called us to love those who society deems outsiders. My heart breaks for the eleven people who were killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue and two who were shot in Kentucky, in a grocery store parking lot.

Lord, hear our prayer.

A Sacred Gathering

A Sacred Gathering

Dr. Tim Keller, The Gospel and Our Cities Conference

Dr. Tim Keller, The Gospel and Our Cities Conference