I couldn't resist making a brief comment on this picture…apparently a church in my hometown of Detroit brought a couple of SUV's on the "platform/chancel" to be able pray for the success of the negotiations between the USA Government and the Big 3 automakers. Oh my…does this even merit a comment or two? It is equal in my eyes of bringing $100K in cash (wrapped and unmarked, of course) and "laying hands on the cash". This is a quote from the pastor:
week, lives are hanging above an abyss of uncertainty as both
houses of Congress decide whether to extend a helping hand."
I have to humbly say that my wife and I have faced uncertain times this year…in fact, more than 75% of our community is in the same boat…job transitions and uncertainty. We haven't brought in SUV's into our worship gatherings though…we haven't brought in any other symbol of our failing prosperity. We have read Psalms and prayers like this though:
1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
let Israel say-
2 if the LORD had not been on our side
when men attacked us,
3 when their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the LORD,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler's snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
For some reason, I think this is a better strategy…