For the past week, I have been writing about intercessory prayer as a call to action as well as a heart-felt plea to God on behalf of another. This morning I read in Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus about the compassion of Moishe Rosen. Richard Harvey, head of Moishe’s London branch of Jews for Jesus, tells the story of how one day when he was suffering so badly from a bad back that all he could do was lie down on the floor at the International meeting that Moishe would lie down on the floor next to him.
That about sums up what I have been trying to say. When we pray and ask God to help someone, we should get a vision of how we can step out to fulfill that “help,” how to “be with” that person in some way. There was a story circulating on the internet about a man who came into the church and went to the front of the church and sat cross-legged in front of the altar. As the service began, the usher took his place beside him for the service. In Belize, Central America, one of my students took her place in the sand by the village “idiot” every morning and shared her Skittles before going to teach at the school.
I am on my way out the door this morning to prepare health posters, pamphlets and cards, at least, my Friends, I think that is what I am going to be doing. This morning I prayed with the Puritan Prayer Book Valley of Vision
Lord God Almighty
They understanding is unsearchable and infinite
Thy arm cannot be stayed,
They agency extends through limitless space,
All works hang on Thy care,
With Thee time is a present now
My God is so BIG. He sees beyond my computer, beyond my paper, pen and printer ink. He sees the people I will pass and who needs me to stop to “be with” them today. The prayer ends
Teach me in health to think of sickness,
in the brightest hours to be ready for darkness;
in life prepare me for death.
Praying for holy consciousness,