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JABBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:47 AM
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After Today's Attack in London, A Prayer For Our Leaders
Dear G-d,

I do not pray often. The series of events in 2001 and 2002 -- my leukemia, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, my father's fatal leukemia -- shook my faith. Even now, I make excuses to duck out of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, and seldom light the Sabbath candles or attend synagogue.

But, as you know, I have a beautiful four-year-old son and a newborn daughter. And I want them to live full lives.

After hearing this morning about the terrorist attack in London, I found myself turning to you.

I pray that the loss of life in London is minimal, and that those who are injured recover.

But I also pray that our leaders learn from today's bombings. They didn't learn after the Madrid train attack, or the attacks in Bali, Riyadh, Jakarta and Istanbul. They have misled a nation by implying that Iraq was behind 9/11, and perpetuated a falsehood that defeating the Iraqi insurgency is akin to defeating terrorists who have struck worldwide. They have stubbornly concentrated their resources in Iraq, decreasing their focus on Osama Bin Laden and the effort to dismantle Al Qaeda and its allies. They have told us we're safer, but failed to protect airports, train stations, ports, chemical plants and nuclear plants, or to sufficiently guard our borders.

Please give our leaders the wisdom to realize that today's attack on London could have just as easily come on our shores. Please don't let us suffer through another 9/11 for our leaders to understand that defeating the Iraqi insurgency does little to end the "war on terror."

I pray that our leaders do not use today's bombings as a rallying cry for staying the course in Iraq. Please understand, I hope you look out for our troops. I want them to succeed in bringing peace to Iraq.

But I don't want our leaders to wrongly suggest that by fighting in Iraq, we are ending terrorist attacks such as today's London bombings. Instead of using today's horror for a political agenda, I pray they reach out to other world leaders to build a true coalition to stop terrorism, even if it means rooting out patrons of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, Iran and elsewhere, and those who shield Al Qaeda in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

That is my prayer.
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Last Lemming Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:56 AM
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1. You need to realize
what the "War on Terror" really is, this event included

Especially this event
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JABBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:58 AM
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2. "You need to realize"
What makes you think I don't?
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MostlyAmused Donating Member (33 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:18 AM
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3. I don't understand this kind of prayer.
I don't mean to attack you personaly, but this kind of prayer sounds more like a sermon than an attempt to communicate with God. It sounds like an attempt to communicate with the people listening/reading, and that isn't my understanding of prayer.

I think this is why Christians have been directed that prayer should be done in a closet rather than in public, because we are so driven to try to affect each other that we can't focus on God very well if we know people are listening.





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JABBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:24 AM
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4. we all pray differently
My goal was not to offend anyone. I needed to get my thoughts out, and this was how I did it.
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MostlyAmused Donating Member (33 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:37 AM
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6. Yes.
I'm not offended, and I hope I didn't offend either. I almost didn't reply, but this is something that has troubled me since my childhood sitting in a church pew.

The reason it's a particularly sore spot for me now is that there I hear so much of this kind of commentary-prayer being used as a political tool. I know it's common, I know it's nothing new. I know it's age-old. It just bothers me even more now given the blurring of church and state.

Doesn't mean it's wrong. I don't pretend to know about that.

I respect your need to speak up, and I felt a similar need.

Peace.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:26 AM
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5. Well said,
if the terrorists are who we are told they are.


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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:40 AM
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7. Amen
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:52 AM
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8. my prayer -- which I say every night -- is a little different . . .
"Dear God, please let the Bush administration be removed and brought to justice for the crimes they have committed" . . .
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JABBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:23 AM
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9. I wonder what Bush and Blair will say in their prayers tonight
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:45 AM
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10. Yeah, we all need prayers for our idiot leaders to actually lead.
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