Lord we come to you amidst troubling times. Lord help us to apologize to our children. Help us to request their forgiveness for our failure to figure out how to live as fellow humans on earth as it is in Heaven. Lord forgive us for missing the mark sixty years ago when we inadequately pivoted as a nation towards tolerance for one another when we should have embraced LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.
Give us this day God as an opportunity to understand LOVE MATTERS. We know this truth to be comprehensive of the value of every life. Help us God to deliver YOUR message to our children during these troubling and seemingly uncertain times. “Love will prevail” one way or another. As it is proclaimed in 1 John 4 v 8: You are Love.
God, as we navigate through week after week of turmoil and hardening of hearts please cause us to edit our individual souls to the extent that causes us to live our lives in a way that results in our going to funerals or weddings and not know the ethnicity of the deceased or the couple by the faces nor skin colors of those in the audience because LOVE MATTERS. Let us make sure that no longer can a Caucasian, Latina or African American child be born and make it to adulthood and authentically be able to say they know of no person(s) from other races that truly love them.
God, move us away from using Google as “gospel” and allowing social media to be the dominant source that informs our perceptions of humanity. Let us lean not unto our own faulty understanding but by understanding that LOVE MATTERS.
God help us to embrace and engage each other on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Here we are just six weeks after a stretch of hate, unrest, tragedy, and terror right here in America. God, we are reminded of something that happens every four years in America. Every four years, we demonstrate a setting aside of our differences. Our differences over politics and even race get set aside every four years in a united spirit of a quest……for the Olympic gold.
Lord, let us not continue to forsake LOVE in settling for TOLERANCE. Let us continue this spirit of unity – every day, every hour - to do what your servant Paul did in Philippians 3. God, let us press toward the GOAL, not the GOLD.
Let us press toward the mark of your high calling for us to love You and each other. God, just as we demonstrate every four years, let our nation and our world, demonstrate every four seconds a perpetual quest for Thine’s GOAL. Let us show the world #OLM -- #OurLoveMatters. Remind us, Lord, that the ultimate GOAL You have for all of humanity is to live our lives acknowledging 1 John 4:8. You are love!
For You, God, the 2016-2017 theme for St. Philip’s School and Community Center will be “Going for the GOAL!”
Dr. Terry J. Flowers
Perot Family Headmaster
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