God, you are the maker of heaven and earth. You created each and every one of us. There is nothing that you do not see. There is not a thought or feeling that I have that I can hide from you. You know all of my fears and all of my hopes.
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Heavenly Father, thank you for the chance to pray with others for people with disabilities with those who believe that you are real and that you are a prayer answering God.
Father, we lift up the children of New York City, YOUR children, that we are given the gift of stewarding. We ask for the provision of homes and neighborhoods and schools where children can flourish and experience peace and health.
For an annual Hope for New York Sunday event, a special prayer was shared at Redeemer Lincoln Square: "Father, remind our hearts that there are no ordinary people, that there are no mere mortals, but that every person is an image bearer of the most high, deserving of honor."
When we see injustice, we are quick to vilify, to point out wrongs, and to make accusations. We are not quick to pause, reflect, and lament the truth that we live in a world where injustices are prevalent.
Sovereign Lord, though an issue like homelessness can seem overwhelming and even hopeless at times, help us to remember Your great act of salvation and the wonderful future that You have promised us.
I believe there are three barriers to belonging that are prevalent in a place like western Queens: Exclusion, Transiency, and Pain Intolerance. These barriers can be disheartening—or they can serve as an opportunity for the radical hospitality of Jesus to enter in and transform a community.
Roosevelt Island—dubbed “Welfare Island” in 1921—–once housed a prison, a lunatic asylum, a charity hospital, a smallpox hospital, and a workhouse. It was renamed in 1971 with a vision to make it a flourishing space with a special focus on accessibility for people with disabilities.
Because of the resurrection, the faithful can “glory in their suffering,” knowing it produces character, hope, and victory in Christ. I get to see this everyday in my Flatbush neighborhood, where hope and suffering collide into perseverance everyday.