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The last two weeks have been filled with life and death, light and darkness, hope and despair, love and hate, the beautiful and the profane, unity and separation, trust and distrust, peace and violence, eyes looking up to space to the wonders in the stars and tearful eyes looking down on the streets in chaos and destruction, people who try to treat everyone the same and those who have not overcome prejudice or racism. Broken promises and hardships still exist in America. America, the land of liberty, freedom, and equality. One Nation under God.
For me, two events in the last two weeks have given birth to this prayer. One is the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The other is the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 manned flight on May 30, 2020
At first blush these two events may seem disconnected. Not relevant to one another. Books placed on different shelves. After all, one is full of death, darkness, and despair. The other is euphoric eyes looking up to the heavens. To the mysteries in the stars. To the hidden treasures far beyond the gravity of the Earth.
In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, we saw the amazing launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 pictured here. For a brief moment we took our eyes off what was happening on the streets of an America in crisis and on social media. For a few moments we stepped away from a journey far more important for each of us and within each of us than going to outer space. For any discovery mankind may find within or outside the boundaries of our solar system can never be more extraordinary than the sacred wonders of the spirit which dwell in each of us. To know who each of us are. A child of God. To know whose all of us are. Children of God. To find and attain the limits of our ability to deeply love others as deeply as God does.
God, we ask that You help us to pray every day. To be with You. To guide us in prayer to know how special each of us is to You. To know that we are all different, but You love us and see us all the same.
God, we pray that You accompany us in prayer to travel to the farthest depths of our capacity to love others as You love us.
God, in prayer may we know that no journey into space or on Earth can be more powerful, healing, or joyous than each of us finding You and sharing Your love with others.
God, we pray that one day no other child of Yours will suffer or die as George Floyd did. To that end may all human hearts find and claim the most sacred gift You ensouled in our hearts. Love.
God, may our inward journeys in prayer enable us to find that love You gave us. Then, to give Your blessed, healing, unifying, love to all Your children. In doing so our eyes need not look to the stars above to find wonder and awe. For Your heavenly love will be seen and shared on Earth with everyone and with our feet planted firmly in our faith in You. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 145-lawyer full-service firm in Houston, Dallas, and Waco, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.