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Week 2: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4).

It seems in our most trying times, we reach out for God. If we are sick, or a family member is in the hospital, people gather in prayer or support each other by making meals, watching kids, visiting the hospital, etc. Comunities come together when people are mourning.

What would it mean to not pray for the victim? What would it mean to pray for the offender? About 13 years ago on Halloween, my sister was beat up by a drunk 18 year old man and thrown into a mailbox, she was 16. When my parents called me to come home and told me what had happened, I just prayed for my sister hoping she was alright. The thought never came across my mind to pray for the man who had done this to her. Infact, I probably had every other thought about him besides that.  

It is easier to pray for someone you care about than to pray for someone who has negetivly affected you or someone you love. I thought about what it would be like to pray for Fred Phelps, (westboro baptist church). This man has caused so much pain to the GLBT Community since 1991. It makes me angry even thinking about praying for him. Does that make me a bad person? He also helped out with the Civil Rights movement….Equality for some?

“God promises to comfort those who mourn for others and for their own sin. In what ways has God shown comfort to you or someone you know?” -ke

I guess my experiment this week is to pray for others and their own sin and to help them find God. Maybe it will help turn my heart of anger for some. Join me this week as I pray for those who have hurt many.

Praying for the FBI 10 Most Wanted:

Today, I ask your prayers for:

EDUARDO RAVELO

Engaging in the Affairs of an Enterprise, Through a Pattern of Racketeering Activities; Conspiracy to Conduct the Affairs of an Enterprise, Through a Pattern of Racketeering Activities; Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments… more →

Eduardo Ravelo was indicted in Texas in 2008 for his involvement in racketeering activities, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and conspiracy to possess heroin, cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute. His alleged criminal activities began in 2003.

Ravelo is known to be a Captain (Capo) within the Barrio Azteca criminal enterprise and is allegedly responsible for issuing orders to the Barrio Azteca members residing in Juarez, Mexico. Allegedly, Ravelo and the Barrio Azteca members act as “hitmen” for the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Drug Trafficking Organization and are responsible for numerous murders. Ravelo has ties to Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He may have had plastic surgery and altered his fingerprints.

For more information, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten

AND FOR

 

 Fred Phelps

AKAFrederick Waldron Phelps, Sr.

Born: 13-Nov-1929
Birthplace: Meridian, MS

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Religion
Party Affiliation: Democratic [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary:Convinced that God hates fags

Fred Phelps is a self-described “Primitive Baptist” preacher fixated on the few Biblical passages that mention homosexuality. He is the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, where he preaches that “God hates fags”, and that the Biblical punishment for homosexuality is death, followed by eternal damnation to hell. His church is largely populated by the Phelps family, and they are best known for their demonstrations — holding garish placards writ with vulgar stick-figure slogans and singing upside-down hymns reworked to fit Phelps’ message. The group publicly celebrates God’s wrath after tragedies and natural disasters, and since September 11they have regularly picketed the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq.

Phelps was ordained a minister at 17, as Southern Baptists did not require ministers to be graduates of any seminary. Rev. Phelps and Westboro Baptist, however, are no longer affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church. He first made national news in 1951 when, attending John Muir College in California, he led a campus campaign against “promiscuous petting, evil language, profanity, cheating, teachers’ filthy jokes in classrooms and pandering to the lusts of the flesh”. He began leading anti-gay protests in 1991, and reached his pinnacle of fame when he and his followers demonstrated at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, carrying signs announcing that Shepard was already burning in hell. At Phelps’ website, “godhatesfags.com”, he provides a daily counter of the number of days Shepard has been burning in hell.

 

 

 

 

-Jess

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