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Restoration of prayer needed at home, school

Published 9:44am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

To the Editor:

First let me extend my condolences to the families of the Newtown, Conn., massacre; I am praying for and with them.

What do we do when we don’t know what to do? Or, what do we say, when there are no words to say? I can’t imagine the hurt, pain, anger or disappointment that they are feeling right now, but what I do know is that with time, cupped with prayer, they will get through this devastation.

No, it won’t be done immediately, but it will be eventually, especially when they believe in their prayers. It is true that earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal, but it’s with time and much prayer.

In lieu of making that statement, let me say that prayer is a key component to getting through the roughest of time.

Why is it that a word of prayer is said after something terrible has happened? A word of prayer is said because it brings comfort.

For each person, whose life was taken prematurely, a priest, mortician, rabbi, pastor or some spiritual leader spoke and prayed for the families’ strength, for the acceptance of the loss, for endurance and for peace of mind and spirit.

Proverbs 3:6 states, “In all thy ways acknowledge God and He will direct your paths.” If a prayer can be spoken over the dead, for the soul to be at peace, why not speak a word of prayer over the living?

In our allegiance to the American flag, there is a clause that says, “One nation under God…” On our currency it says, “In God We Trust” yet the foundation of the world was taken out of the schools.

I believe, whole-heartedly, that when prayer was taken out of the schools, so was God…. our “foundation.” At one point of time after the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the national anthem, there was a moment for prayer.

This tragedy, along with other tragedies, has caused more people to pray across the nation. From the Catholic to the Protestant, from the Evangelical to the Episcopal, from the Islamic to the Buddhist, it doesn’t matter what the belief or teaching, the common denominator is prayer.

I strongly believe and found it to be true that a family that prays together stays together.

The school systems across this nation is our family, they are not exempt. It is part of the village that helps raise a child. It starts at home and spread abroad. What is it? Prayer and love.

Bring back the days of prayer in school and you’ll see respect restored; you’ll see determination restored; you’ll see discipline restored; you’ll see standing for truth and honesty restored; you’ll see protection restored and you’ll see families restored.

Prayer is the key. Let’s possess the key and flood the schools and our homes with the power of prayer.

Dorothy Lane
Pastor of Living Word Worship Center\
Franklin

  • Va Native American

    Makalani January 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm: “@scott15- Sorry I’m late responding! I’ve been in intense therapy with my shrink dealing with my low self-esteem — feelings of inferiority issues.”

    From the looks of your continued ramblings and nonsense, either your therapy wasn’t “intense” enough, or you should ask your “shrink” for your money back(it ain’t working Bro.)

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  • Makalani

    @synoptic– Since I am just “Christian-lite” — it’s OK for me to cyberly consort/hang with you. For uber Christians like scott15 — that is verboten — a mortal sin.

    And — since you hooked a “brotha” up with the batsuit — I am going to divulge secrets to you — ‘sorta’ like Masonic secrets — known only to us Christians.

    The extremely devout ones practice “glossolalia or speaking in tongues.” Their mouths spout words that sound like gibberish but the person’s tongue is only a conduit for a divine spirit controlling their brain. Other Christians look on in awe — amazement and deep reverence — mesmerized — palms outstretched — reaching to the heavens — shouting “HALLELUJAH!!“

    Now the crème-de-la crème — uber Christians — like scott15 — practice what is called “scribbolalia — writing in tongues.” LOL
    Nonsensical ‘scribble’ flows from his keyboard through his fingers from that same divine spirit (bypassing his brain!)

    To non-believers like you and ‘Christian-lite’ guys like me — it’s unadulterated nonsense — e.g. “… popcorn kernels from your goozle …” –Makaroni …”–”… later lying about it on others posting a comment.” Sin(sick)”

    You’re not missing anything 11:00 A.M on Sunday mornings!
    Keep sleeping in!

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  • Makalani

    @scott15- Sorry I’m late responding! I’ve been in intense therapy with my shrink dealing with my low self-esteem — feelings of inferiority issues. My shrink advised me to login to the TN forum — “put words in other’s post to try and discredit others” to make me feel better about myself!

    How did you know? I am amazed at your prescience and “powers beyond those of mere mortal men.”
    RE: “Can you say BUSTED Mak?”

    I am guilty as charged and beg your forgiveness. Since an apology worked for a well-known TV preacher who was caught red-handed in a red-light district — partaking of the forbidden fruits offered by “ladies of the evening” — here goes:

    “Forgive me — for I have ‘SINNNNNNnnnnnned!!!’ — fallen short of Grace!” (Hands clasped in supplication — rivers of tears streaming down cheeks — lower lip quivering trembling with appropriate sincerity)

    As a Christian — you are obligated to forgive me 1000×1000 but you can relax — I would never heap abuse on your Christian compassion.

    Now that I have confessed my sins — a la that TV preacher — can you send me some money — 10% of your earnings each week?

    RE: “We Christians are allowed to pray for anyone and everyone (that includes … fools…”)

    Please! By all means continue to pray for yourself!

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  • Makalani

    Re:”…pray for our Country at least 3 times a day…”
    “WHEWWWW!!” What a relief!! Since the Executive Branch/President is part of “our Country” — by default — you are also praying for President Obama and his administration “at least three times a day!”

    Thank you it! Unlike them Antichrist possibilities in D.C. who you suggested — Boehner and McConnell — you love your country more that you hate the President.

    Devout — heavenly-ticket-already-punched — dyed-in-the-wool-Christians’ prayers — such as yours — probably carry more weight than just “regular — Christian-lite” entreaties like mine!

    (“COUGH! HACK! UGH! ARRGGHH! hellllp me!” (whisper/choking) “OOOOOF! GASSSPPP!” (expels popcorn from windpipe!)
    That was me 10 minutes ago — choking on the popcorn. Lucky for me — my lady performed the Heimlich maneuver/saved my life.

    I changed my mind about telling on you since you pray for Prez Obama 3 times a day! “Snitches don’t get stitches” — they choke!

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    • Va Native American

      Get a big glass of water ready Makaroni(after reading this you are going to need it to dislodge those popcorn kernels from your goozle.)

      “Unlike them Antichrist possibilities in D.C. who you suggested — Boehner and McConnell”
      WRONG, That was your suggestion Makaroni. (It is funny how some put words in other’s post to try and discredit others and make them feel better about themselves.) It is still down there folks, just scroll down and read who did the name calling about the antichrist. Can you say BUSTED Mak?
      Now as far as my praying every day. We Christians are allowed to pray for anyone and everyone(that includes atheists, fools, and all others who are lost.) That is just one of the many wonderful benefits of loving God.

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    • Sinoptik

      Wow Makalani, I am getting a handle on the rules, no non-biblical quotes, no wit allowed, no varying opinions, I guess the only thing allowed is religious rhetoric and childish name changing. But then again, who doesn’t like makaroni(sic)?

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      • Va Native American

        Don’t forget- “no adding names of policticians who are the antichrist and later lying about it on others posting a comment.” Sin(sick)
        That will really make one look like a fool(as if we all didn’t already know.) ;)

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      • Sinoptik

        Matthew 5:22

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      • Sinoptik

        In addition, “no adding names of policticians[sic] who are the antichrist and later lying about it on others posting a comment.”

        That falls under wit.

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  • Makalani

    RE: “The antichrist can’t be living in Franklin because he currently resides in Washington D.C.”

    John Boehner? Mitch McConnel the Antichrist? I thought you were a loyal (R)! “Ooooo!! I’m telling!”

    “Pray for America…”
    I do! Everyday! Including for our President!
    Don’t you?

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    • Va Native American

      Yes, I pray for our Country at least 3 times a day. We all need to with the current administration in Washington.
      Now, what exactly are you “telling” and to whom?
      By the way, when you are “telling” whatever it may be, don’t choke on your popcorn. ;)

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  • Va Native American

    So this is what our Country has become. Some would rather quote “Corky and the Juice Pigs” than the Holy Bible. As long as there are people like that, no matter how many bans are put on inanimate objects, there will still be school shootings and evil in America. Fellow Christians, pray for America and those who are lost.

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    • Sinoptik

      Sorry I thought everyone was just rambling nonsensically and thought I would join in. I didn’t know I had to quote nonsense specifically from the bible. I missed the rules.

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      • Va Native American

        “I missed the rules.”

        And that, my friends, is the problem with America. Too many people are missing(or ignoring) the rules.

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  • Makalani

    The Antichrist living in Franklin? This thread is getting more surreal and entertaining (reaches for handful of popcorn).

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    • Va Native American

      The antichrist can’t be living in Franklin because he currently resides in Washington D.C. However, the spirit of the antichrist is alive throughout the Country(even in these comments.)

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  • Sinoptik

    I love you; I’m all alone; I’m here in my house alone; And I think of you; Lying in my bed; I look over out of the window; I see your face; And I’m frightened; ‘Cause I live on the eighth floor; You must be really, really tall; You scare me.
    -Corky and the Juice Pigs

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  • Va Native American

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    -Proverbs 22:6.

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  • Va Native American

    By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
    -1 John 4:2-3

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  • happycamper

    To me, there is a big difference between “prayer” and “corporate prayer”. Does it really matter that we can’t (and shouldn’t) have teachers leading us in a corporate prayer in school? That can, and should, be interpreted as “forcing” everyone into one religious box. That’s illegal.

    Now prayer in school is totally different. Any individual is perfectly free to pray in school. If you think there
    weren’t prayers going up during the Columbine shooting or the recent tragedy in CT, you’re not thinking straight! There is not, nor has there ever been a ban of prayer in public schools. Ask the kids. I’ll bet many of them pray before every test!

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  • Makalani

    Now if we could just get the gunnutz/wackos/mental cases with AR 15s on their knees praying– instead of kneeling down taking aim — murdering/ slaughtering innocent people– prayer would be a good idea!

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  • Sinoptik

    As I said, I was dismissing this letter silently until there was mention of forcing religion on students in public school. You seem to disagree with me dissmissing a topic or commenting on it equally.
    ?
    You are right, we all have a right to an opinion, so why the argument?

    My stance is that unfounded foolishness should not be allowed in our publicly funded schools. I take nothing away and force nothing on anyone. Where is the problem with that? I am only vocal because of the constant desire of the religious to pry into everyone’s lives. Stop that and you stop me.

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  • employee2

    Want an opinion? Here goes, why don’t you let people of faith maintain their views without your dismissal? They have just as much right to have their opinion/faith as you have to not believe. Some believe that the constitution holds a “separation of church & state”, it does not. It just restricts the government from endorsing one religion over others. The separation of chuch & state comes from Jefferson’s letter to the danbury church. No one is forcing one to have religion by its presence.

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  • Sinoptik

    Heh, and when I wrote the comment I knew who would answer back with nary an opinion to speak of. With precognition like this, we should have won the lottery by now.

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    • employee2

      Funny you would be so arrogant as to think I was referring to you!

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  • employee2

    When I read this letter, I knew who would respond to it early!

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  • Va Native American

    Amen Dorothy!

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  • Sinoptik

    I was quietly dismissing your letter because there was some truth to the beginning. For believers prayer does comfort them as does their delusional belief in a post game paradise. I had to interject about halfway through with this statement:

    “In our allegiance to the American flag, there is a clause that says, “One nation under God…” On our currency it says, “In God We Trust” yet the foundation of the world was taken out of the schools.”

    These were added in 1954, when most who seriously think the country was in better shape believe the country began going downhill. With that logic the country degraded because of these incidents.

    If you think prayer in school will cure the worlds issues, you can chalk up yet another delusion.

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    • employee2

      “These were added in 1954, when most who seriously think the country was in better shape believe the country began going downhill. With that logic the country degraded because of these incidents. ”
      Wrong it was on our coins long before that. The national motto “In God We Trust” was adopted in the year you quote.

      You are here: History >> In God We Trust

      In God We Trust: The Motto
      One of the first found references of the motto “In God We Trust” is heard in the U.S. National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. The song was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and later adopted as the national anthem. In the last stanza Key writes a variation of the phrase: “…And this be our motto: In God is our trust. And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The words were shortened to In God We Trust and first applied to U.S. coins in 1864

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    • jusdlh

      Your characterization of religion as “unfounded foolishness” and religious beliefs as delusions seems a bit harsh, but of course you are entitled to your opinions. However, by the “logic” you point to, one could just as easily point to Johnsons war on poverty, integration, or even the popularity of the Beatles as the point at which our “country began going downhill.” While your argument may have some merit in regards to the author’s letter, as usual you have substituted pseudo-intellectual drivel to denigrate the ideas of others as opposed to the clear and cogent argument i assume you are capable of.

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      • Sinoptik

        Cognitive discussions do not fly on the TW. I prefer to present a ridiculous comparison to an already ridiculous idea. I have attempted true logic previously and it just brings about personal insults. I consider my negative comments about religion and those that believe in it is just an open manner of stating the same negativity that is passively thrown out there when one says that my way of life is destroying the country.

        I realize that, for the most part, I am addressing people that really believe in the doctrine of “America, be like me or get out, praise jesus and pass the ammunition”. Because of this I write in a manner to better cause them to be as upset and stressed as many of us are when we realize that this is often the image of Americans that the rest of the world sees.

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