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Social Issues: A Prayer for Healing

Updated on September 22, 2013
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We call you by so many names and yet you are the same. You are our source of comfort in our pain, safety in the face of fear, and solace in times of loss. You are the one we turn to when humans fail us. When our way is dark and the road rocky, we trust you to guide us and clear the way. You've saved us from ourselves before and I think we need your help again. You are the healer. We are the world. Are you there? Do you hear us?

From here on my perch, the world looks so big. Don’t you see how small I am? What can someone like me do? I’m doing all I can, I think, but it isn’t enough. Can’t you stop all this hate and violence? We’re hurting, you know. Everywhere I look there is sadness, hopelessness, pain, starvation, homelessness, and death. Is this why we’re here? Are we so stubborn that it takes this much suffering to wake us up? Did we take too much for granted and take too long to notice? Have we waited too long to ask for help?

Our sea of humanity has lost its humility, hasn't it? We became so independent that we sacrificed our inter-relatedness to one another. Greed has replaced charity and passion – compassion. We have given greater value to things and devalued character. And, we have turned our back on compromise to salvage our ego. We just can’t admit being wrong and we have forgotten how to say I’m sorry.

What a mess we've made of things. When did we start asking for a hand-out instead of offering a hand up? When did we start taking what we want instead of giving something away? When did it happen, that our worth became measured by the things we own rather than the things we do? When did our word or a hand shake fall second to a written contract?

We are called by many names but aren’t we mostly the same? Don’t we just want peace, to be left alone to love and raise our children in a good way? It shouldn't be this hard if we really just want the same things.

I think we need your help again. Are you there?

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Reflection on the Past

After a bit of reflection, I wrote another piece related to the status of our country and how over 30 years ago, we were having similar conversations and worrying about the future. You might enjoy it too. It's called "Socially Responsible Music of the 80's is Still Relevant Today". Click the title to read it.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Poetic in nature and powerful in the delivery! I loved this; you are such a good writer my friend! You keep writing and I'll keep reading and singing your praises.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    You are so precious Bill. With you as my friend, I need little more than a good cup of coffee, a roof over my head, and time to write. lol

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Yes, Linda, He is there. The problem is, most have forsaken Him. We've gotten lost in the corporate ladder which never has an end.

    We've been stroked by the credit card companies who tell us how great we are, only to degrade us when we can't live up to their promises. We've become suppressed, oppressed and poor as the result of beelzibub turning us into his corner thru vanity and hopes of becoming rich. Not only have we become poor monitarily, but we've become poor spiritually.

    Yes, He is there. We need to reconnect with Him and remember what's important to our souls!

    Awesome reminder, however subliminal. I got it, my friend!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Shauna. I never doubted it.

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    You are so right on the mark with this. Just the other day I was thinking, when did things get so out of hand. In the 50's when I was young everything seemed so wonderful and happy. The possibilities were endless--what happened!

    I talk with Him every day and pray for things to be the way they used to; when it was safe to leave your front door unlocked all the time.

    Voted Up and Awesome. I join you in your plea!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    grandmapearl - I am a child of the 50's too and we never locked our doors. I'm sure it wasn't as simple for our parents as it was for us kids but still, it was better. I guess each generation feels that way though. lol

    Thanks so much for the support.

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    vibesites 4 years ago from United States

    Yeah, we need to pray for those living today, for all of us. Beautifully written. :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello vibesites. Than you for reading my Prayer for the Living. The times we are living in are quite strange, aren't they? We need all the help we can get. I appreciate your comment.

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    What an outstanding hub! Yes, HE is here and absolutely listening. The question is, are we fervently seeking for him and sincerely listening to his commands?

    Very enlightening read. I enjoyed this a lot. Up, pinned and shared.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Christina, thank you so much. This is one of my favorite pieces but it got very little attention here on HP. I am so glad that you enjoyed it. That makes my heart happy. Thank you for sharing it too.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    A prayer for all people and for all seasons. This is absolutely beautiful Linda...it touches the heart for all the right reasons and reminds us to be humble and loving!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful. Shared too!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mary, thank you so much. This was a piece written from my heart on one of those days when I felt the world needed a God connection more than ever. It got very little attention so I am happy to see you here today and to hear that you understood the prayer.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Oh I definitely understood the prayer Linda. It went from your heart to mine! Hopefully my share will garner more attention for this beautiful prayer.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hugs to you Mary!

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