Here in Baytown this morning a memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church for Keith E. Grace. Keith died earlier this month in Paktia Province, Afghanistan.
The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has made notice of his death on their homepage and might be represented at Keith’s memorial service. If you think you’re unfamiliar with WBC, think of children holding signs saying “God Hates Fags” and I’m confident you’ll know who I’m talking about. (sigh)
So, how are we to pray with these matters in mind?
May we pray:
With adoration and praise for the living God who powerfully and unceasingly loves and cares for all of his creation.
With confession that there are none righteous, no not one, and so, we all are utterly and totally dependent on the grace and mercy of God.
With thanksgiving for the amazing, unceasing privilege we are given of audience with God our King in the name of Jesus, the Christ, in prayer.
With solicitation for God’s comfort to rest on all who suffer and grieve an unspeakable loss in the death of a loved one.
With a plea that godly discernment and spiritual wisdom, real restraint and complete self-control – in all thoughts, words, and actions – would envelop all who take part in, or have some connection with, today’s gathering.
With an appeal for enlightenment in divine guidance in the true way of Christ and that every terrible misunderstanding or false teaching taught in Christ’s name would pass away, repented of by any and all who embrace and proclaim them.
With petition that all forms of hatred and violence toward all human beings, beings made in God’s image, would cease, and that the true love of God would flow freely, unhindered, through us all to each other.
With humble request that every form of pride would perish from among us all, putting ourselves at the head of the line as the chiefest of sinners.