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Prayer, Plain and Simple

The weather outside is frightful! A band of frigid weather is making its way up the U.S. East Coast today, blasting New York City and New England with blizzards and a foot of snow. Several states to the South have declared travel emergencies as the storm caused numerous crashes on slick roads.

“God, protect the millions of people impacted by this winter storm on the East Coast. Bring healing to those who have suffered from accidents. Bring peace to those who are afraid. Give patience to the many who feel stressed by travel disruptions. In Jesus.”

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Puerto Rico on Friday. Residents was shaken but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake, which occurred at 7:43 p.m. (6:43 p.m. ET), stuck about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of San Juan. It was some 64 miles below the earth’s surface.

“God we pray for peace in Puerta Rico. May those who have been frightened by this earthquake find rest in you. Lift any fear. You are a God of peace and this is a night when we remember the Prince of Peace. Bring a settled calm to Puerto Rico. In Jesus…?

The two Koreas are ramping up their rhetoric again. South Korea’s president pledged today that his country would retaliate if attacked again. A top North Korean official threatening a “sacred” nuclear war if provoked.

“Sacred?” Did the North Korean communist official use the word “sacred?” Mmmm

The rallying cries and military maneuvers seem designed to muster support in among their respective populations. Still, they are raising fears of an all-out war on a peninsula.

“God, we pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula. In this season when we remember the birth of the Prince of Peace, we pray that his Kingdom would come there, as it is in heaven.”

Hmm…

The Devotion School, a “public elementary educational institution” in Brookline, Mass., is asking parents to fill out permission slips before their children can participate in a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance beginning in January.

Gerardo Martinez, the principal sent a letter home to parents saying, “I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate.”

Martinez attached a form to be returned to the school asking parents to check either: “Yes, my child will participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance” or “No, my child will not participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance.”

The letter packet also included a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance with a annotation defining the words “under God” as meaning “there is one Supreme entity for every citizen.”

What’s next, permission slips to say “Merry Christmas” in school… Oh, wait, we’ve already banished Christmas to from the halls of public school…

“Supreme Entity, help us!”