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July 4th

07.02.18 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

    What a wonderful holiday we have to celebrate as Americans!!! Yes, we have been blessed and we will, as is traditional, conclude this wonderful day with bursts of fireworks. Carmel shares an amazing display.

    I am wondering...what would it be like if as we celebrate America and all our blessings and freedoms, we also remember in prayer those who do not have the same. This year I am going to try something new. I have to wonder if prayers went up all over the country, what a difference it could make.

    Enjoy the beautiful explosions of color in the sky. And then as those colors fade and fall to the ground, pray for those who do not experience the joy of the same freedoms. Imagine...30 minutes of prayer for others in the world who would love to have what we experience but they cannot.

    Who will I be praying for...
    -persons in the world who are threatened for their faith as Christians
    -persons in the world who are not safe
    -children who do not have their mommy or daddy and are so confused
    -children who do not have access to education
    -persons whose life span is shortened because of poor or no medical care
    -those men and women who are sacrificing their lives to make this world a better place
    -missionaries around the world seeking to share the Gospel
    -those with violent thoughts will have their minds transformed
    -those who have lost their lives due to violence and their families who have to deal with it

    And I know that everyone will have many other thoughts. I truly believe that we are blessed by God as a nation but not just to hold the blessings ourselves but to be a blessing to others. On July 4, together, we can pray.


    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC