When You Don’t Know What to Pray

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church, (the body of believers alive now and through the ages of time)
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
Source: Church of England

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Source: Church of England

‘Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
his greatness is beyond all searching out.
One generation shall praise your works to another
and declare your mighty acts.’

Psalm 145.3-4

I love these-thinking back on how things were in the Old Testament period and in the time of Jesus and of the disciples:

“From the earliest days of the Church, Christians developed short, simple summaries of the faith. These short statements became known as creeds.”

In the Old Testament and early periods after Jesus was resurrected and ascended, there were no written copies of what we have today in Old Testament and New Testament writings. We are so blessed to have what we have today in written form and it is always a blessing to have summaries of the words of Scripture to hide in our hearts.

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
a poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Source

God’s Omniscience: “Trees” is a poem that gives God the full glory. Kilmer calls the human “fools” because art made by man is just art. It is not is living and functioning like God’s beautiful art of nature. The poem is a proclamation that there is a God. God is seen in nature. In the poem Kilmer says, “A tree that looks at God all day”. This statement declares that nature is a reflection of God and when humans look around them, they may be reminded that God is everywhere and true. A tree can also reflect on God’s creation of men.

Kilmer Biography

Only God can make a tree’ – the fate of Kilmer

Impact of Christianity in America

Great background on the founding and gelling of American values in its beginning.
by Bill Connor

“Do not indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” — George Washington

“America is a God-fearing country, with all it implies. … American religious commitment is a primary – the primary source, I think – of American exceptionalism.” — English historian Paul Johnson

With the recent death of Christian icon Billy Graham, America had the opportunity to reflect on his life and the importance of his Christian evangelism on the nation. Younger people learned in Graham’s various crusades starting in the 1940s, and learn a bit of the Christian character of America up through recent times.

Unfortunately, there are great and increasing numbers attempting to drown out the work of Graham and move America toward a secular state future. This side sees a thoroughly secularized government. They will claim that the “wall of separation” between church and state prevents public reference to God.

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God-fearing America

“America is a God-fearing country, with all it implies. … American religious commitment is a primary – the primary source, I think – of American exceptionalism.” — English historian Paul Johnson

American exceptionalism is real–at least it was real!