18 March 2014

Oremus (Let us pray)

Admirers of Integrity and its founder,Louie Clay, supporters of +Gene Robinson, old folkies, and anti-Vietnam war progressives, Sue-z and I have had some moments of contact with the "Westboro Baptist Church:" none of them pleasant. Founded ( I believe) and led by Fred Phellps, the church is notorious for its, "God Hates Fags" website, and its noisy, angry picketing of not only lgbt events, or gay friendly churches, but tolerant communions, and military funerals. That last claiming that casualties suffered by American military are divine retribution for American tolerance of "gay marriage" and other alleged sins.

This week brings the news that Mr. Phelps is dying has died. He has been admitted to a hospice near his community.

Westboro is a sad, vicious and I believe both un-American, and un-Christian institution. None-the-less, a human life is ending. A husband, father, and grandfather faces judgement, a family faces loss.

More than perhaps many, he needs our prayers, even if he does not desire them. Oremus! Let us pray:
Receive him Lord, who placed his trust in You. Grant that he pass from life through death to You without fear or pain. Enter not into judgement with him, but regard him with mercy. Grant him rest in you, surrounded by light perpetual. Grant healing and send to comforter to his family.

1 comment:

Tracie Holladay said...

I just don't know how to make myself feel charitable towards him. I would feel like I'm forcing it, or faking it, and that's dishonest. I cannot handle dishonesty. Dishonesty is something that, on a very deep gut level, feels so wrong to me I can't even put it into words.

So if I'm going to pray for this man, it has to be honestly. I can't do it any other way.

What can one person like me do, to get to a point where I honestly can pray for God's mercy upon this man, or people like him?

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