On Prayer

ON PRAYER – What is it good for? ~ by The Wise Prophet, Gary Bahr and Others

I really believe prayer is good psychology for many. Whether you believe or not, when you give up your problems to your God or say or think them out loud or to yourself or to the wind, you will feel better.

Your own prayer at bedtime may even help you sleep by giving up your problems.

Here are two prayers I love for their ideas and good psychology.

THE AMERICAN PRAYER by Gary Bahr

Let us all work harder for a United States we can all be proud of:

▪   Where war is a last resort and not a goal to secure oil fields of other nations.

▪   Where protecting life means valuing all life including the unborn child; our young American soldiers; innocent men, women and children in Iraq and other war victims; or those sentenced to death by imperfect legal systems – instead of just a limited political ideology meant to secure votes.

▪   Where political leaders do not use falsehoods to fool the American people or our congress-people.

▪   Where congressmen and congresswomen are intelligent enough to analyze intelligent reports.

▪   Where the blessings of peace, love and understanding are valued more than name-calling, hate and anger, threats, sanctions and moratoriums.

▪   Where our government responds quickly and massively to the needs of all people caught in war and natural disasters regardless of their political, religious or racial demography of the country, state or area.

▪   Where our respect for all people and all nations exceeds our demand for respect.

▪   Where godliness means loving each other – including Muslims, gays, immigrants and enemies real or imagined.

▪   Where worship is done in secret and rewarded in secret – instead of displayed in political meetings for votes.

▪   Where the wisdom of our forefathers separating church and state is respected so we can all forever worship in freedom.

▪   Where equality is for all including straights, gays, lesbians, Black, Mexican, Jewish, Catholic or other.

▪   Where every child is provided an equal education opportunity.

▪   Where health care is a right of all Americans as it is for all Iraqi citizens,  prisoners, our legislators, state and county employees, seniors and veterans.

▪   Where legislation benefits all the people instead of just a few.

▪   Where taxes tax all and exemptions benefit all equitably.

▪   Where votes are counted in all states, and if necessary re-counted, with proof in the form of a receipt or paper ballot.

▪   Where no government, party or person can do anything to discourage another from voting.

▪   Where pensions and social security are secure and not made pray for wealthy stockbrokers and big corporations.

▪   Where all votes are equally as important as those of a $100,000 contributor to a political party or politician.

▪   Where deficit spending is forbidden unless in times of war declared by congress.

▪   Where incumbent politicians are voted out in the next election if they did not fulfill their promises or expectations during their term.

▪   Where our young people are sent to college and not to Iraq…

▪   Where the political and religious ideologies of all are respected and discussed and learned and understood – but not forced on anyone.

▪   Where money is removed from politics and Supreme Court Justices reverse Citizens United allowing corporations and unions to donate all the money they can to advance their interests.

▪   And, where our country leads all countries in encouraging all nations to live together in peace and harmony on Earth.

 

THE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS

The prayer was written by Saint Francis. It is good wisdom. This is a great way to think! And the best prayer I have ever seen. So if you are inclined to pray, use this prayer:

 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

See The Wise Prophet et al at Gary Bahr

 

Thomas Jefferson

THOMAS JEFFERSON

by Gary Bahr

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5; began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9; studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14; studied classical literature and additional

languages…

At 16; entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19; studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23; started his own law practice.

At 25; was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31; wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the

rights of British America” and retired from his law practice.

At 32; was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33; wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33; took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code

and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36; was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40; served in Congress for two years.

At 41; was the American minister to France and

negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin & John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53; served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55; drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party…

At 57; was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60; obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61; was elected to a second term as President.

At 65; retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81; almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83; died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff; a voice from the past to lead us in the future.John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe… Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not… Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world… Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them… Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas JeffersonNo free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms…Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government… Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas JeffersonTo compel a man to subsidize with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical… Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…

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