Religions are different roads converging upon the same point.
What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Today is the World Day of Prayer. It’s celebrated each year on the first Friday in March. It began in 1887. At that time, the lay women of the Presbyterian Church in the United States held a national day of prayer for immigrants and for reconciliation in the aftermath of slavery. In 1890, Baptist women joined the Presbyterian women to pray for foreign missions. Starting in 1941, the World Day of Prayer has been organized by Church Women United, an ecumenical Christian group of women dedicated to working for justice and peace. The World Day of Prayer is now held in more than 170 countries and regions of the world. (Source: Catherine Haven and Sr. Nancy Ayotte, IHM, The Little Black Book: Six-minute Meditations on the Passion of Mark, Diocese of Saginaw, 2009.)
So, in honor of the World Day of Prayer, I offer my readers the following prayer:
As you leave this place
may the Living Lord go with you;
May he go behind you, to encourage you,
beside you, to befriend you,
above you, to watch over you,
beneath you, to lift you from your sorrows,
within you, to give you the gifts of faith, hope, and love,
and always before you, to show you the way.
— Benediction by Blair Monie