Praying for one another
How a Mission Yearbook prayer and other unexpected prayers helped turn me around
By Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Special to Presbyterian News Service
Just how powerful is prayer?
On Sunday morning I was greeted by an email from a colleague at the Presbyterian Mission Agency with these words: May you feel the love and receive strength from all the prayers coming your way this day.
It turns out my name was listed on Friday's
Mission Yearbook devotional
- which features short stories on the work Presbyterians are doing and asks for prayers for the ministries being done.
I was surprised, touched and then thankful, for I didn't realize how much I needed this. In an instant, I felt the stress leaving me and my energy returning. As the day progressed, several other emails came from all around the country from people I did not know, all reaching out and telling me that I was in their prayers.
The last email I received was from a new worshiper of my virtual worshiping community,
Old Stone Well Farm
, telling me how she woke up with me on her mind and that she has been thinking about me and praying for me all day. Her prayers carried me through the rest of my day.
I will always remember the first time I experienced how strong and powerful the connection is between brothers and sisters in Christ when we pray for one another. I was going through a rough patch in life, facing many decisions as to what my next steps would be. Specifically, where was God was calling me to serve next? Was it time to leave a congregation? What did God really want from me? What if I made a mistake? What if I was listening more to my wants and desires? I was making myself sick with all the questions swirling in my head.
PC(USA) highlights the power of protest
Office of Public Witness urges Christians to
get involved in spiritual advocacy
By Darla Carter
Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE - As protests against racism continued in Oregon and other parts of the country, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s
Office of Public Witness
held a webinar this week explaining the importance of challenging the status quo and making one's voice heard through the ballot box.
The Washington office also highlighted the need for Christians to join the fight for justice that has garnered headlines for months now following the deaths of innocent African Americans, such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor, at the hands of police and white vigilantes.
Protest is not just a form of political engagement but also "a part of our faith," explained the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office of Public Witness (OPW).
"We say that protest for social justice really equals spiritual advocacy and I think that's one of the things that those of us in the faith community really need to hit harder on," said Hawkins, who pointed out that Jesus himself turned over tables
when he felt that the temple of God was being misused
. "This is a part of how we see God wants us to live."