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Kenda Bartlett

Day 2- Prayer in an Anxious Time

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Lord,

In Philippians 4:6-7 Your Word says,
“Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We are in one of those times of anxiety;
Lord, help us to seek You;
Help us to come before You
With thanksgiving in the midst of the uncertainty.

The passage continues (in verse 8),
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy—
meditate on these things.”

Help us to dwell only on those things
That are virtuous and praiseworthy.
We rest in You; we trust in You,
And we live in Your peace that passes understanding.

We rely on You to guard our hearts and minds
Through these times of unease and worry.
Thank you for Jesus and for hearing our prayers.
Amen.

 


This prayer was submitted by CWA’s Chief Administrative Officer Kenda Bartlett. Click here for more prayers from our “30 Days of Prayer in the Midst of Covid-19” effort. Here for more coronavirus-related resources.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Having been born on June 6, D-Day, I have always had an affinity for that day in our history.  This year during the 75th anniversary year of D-Day, I was privileged to stand on Omaha Beach and Utah Beach where thousands of U.S. troops landed, and many died, to begin the liberation of Europe.  As you look at the pictures from that day, you see the young faces and realize that these were young men who willing made the decision to go into battle knowing that they might not return.  But yet they appreciated and loved the freedoms they had been given, and they were willing to go to a foreign place and protect those freedoms for other people.  I looked at those pictures with sadness knowing the sacrifices that had been made, yet at the same time I wanted to stand up and cheer because of the choices they made, and the results of those choices that we see around us 75 years later not only here in the United States but in France and across Europe.  I praise God for the men of our nation who made those hard choices and went willingly into the fray.  I walked away reminded once again that God has created in men a unique courage that enables them to stand against overwhelming odds and walk into the danger.

The inscription around the memorial chapel at the American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach says it so beautifully: “These endured all and gave all that Justice among nations might prevail and that mankind might enjoy freedom and inherit peace.”

Thank you, Lord, for men and women, past and present, who will stand in harm’s way to protect the freedoms that You have given to us.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”  General George S. Patton