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From Our Pastor
The Olympics will begin on Friday, August 5th with its always-spectacular Opening Ceremonies. I love the Olympics – I’ve been watching an assortment of qualifying events leading up to the games partly because I want to know the athletes representing the US and partly because it’s so hot outside. I’ve been following the deliberations of which teams will be allowed to compete, the sanitary conditions of Rio, the fear the Zika virus injects into attending the games, and joy competitors feel as they realize their dreams.
This year, not unlike previous years, also provides the opportunity to learn about other countries around the globe. We’re also the church, though, which means we are provided the opportunity to pray for other countries around the globe. In a year that has given us heartache over terrorism, attacks, and pause in wondering where God is active throughout the world, this month gives us an occasion to not only cheer our favorite athletes but ask God’s blessing on the whole world. We’re the church; prayer is what we do.
So, this month, I invite you to intentional prayer for all the countries competing in the Olympics. What could it look like? My dear friend and colleague, Rev. Rebecca Grate developed a prayer calendar that includes each of the countries represented in the Olympics. It averages to praying for six to seven countries per day through the month of August. There is one team on that list that doesn’t represent a country. It’s the first-ever team composed of refugees from grief-stricken countries around the globe who can’t compete for their home country.
Not only is this a great way to contribute to the awe of such a gathering as the Olympics but it’s a fantastic act of discipleship – following Jesus. In Luke’s account of Jesus, Jesus is found praying eight times and teaches the disciples about prayer at least five times. His account also begins and ends with acts of prayer. Prayer not only lifts up our concerns to God; prayer also connects the person praying with God and those for whom s/he is praying. In a world that continues to question God’s presence and plan for all of us, prayer reminds us and commits us (and God) to God’s action in the world. As the gymnast flies through the air, as the swimmer glides in the water, and as the horse and rider dressage, we remember that God created the air, water, animals, and people that are needed for the sport. We remember God created the diverse, beautiful world. We commit ourselves and God to making that same world whole and safe for all living creatures.
Prayer may be the greatest contribution we as Christians can give to the Rio Olympics and to the world that so desperately needs us. Look over the calendar; pray through it in your daily prayers; work to make the world peaceful.