Prayer For #Iran – 25 Sep 2009

This prayer was written by @Eowyn9 and was delivered on September 25, 2009
  1. Hello, and welcome. This prayer was written by @Eowyn9 and was delivered on September 25, 2009:
  2. I’ll begin with two quotes.
  3. First, one from #iranelection (thanks @sp4rrowh4wk!): “There are no ‘ordinary people’. Only people.
  4. And are we not all made in the Divine Image?
  5. …We are a world united, to free a nation…We are all a part of this, and we are none of us ordinary.”
  6. Similarly, the apostle Paul wrote:
  7. “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
  8. and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
  9. and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing,
  10. to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast.” (1Cor 1:26-29)
  11. Dictators through the ages have trusted in the “strength” of their military and the “wisdom” of cold pragmatism
  12. Those they oppress, the “ordinary people”, “count for nothing” to them.
  13. Forces that strive to control our world– tyranny, bureaucracy, commercialism –continually work to tell us this:
  14. They tell us that we as individuals DO NOT MATTER.
  15. To them we are sheep to be herded, data points to be graphed, bar codes to be scanned. Nothing more.
  16. To counteract this, we must carefully listen to the inner voice that tells us we are NOT sheep-
  17. We are not data points, or bar codes-but human beings.
  18. Each utterly irreplacable, infinitely complex and precious, with our own unique abilities and dreams.
  19. And then we will learn how much power we truly have.
  20. For it is not as groups, but as individuals, that we exist –
  21. It is as individuals that we make the most important choices of our lives, for good or evil.
  22. Last Friday, each of the brave Iranians who came out to fight brutality and dictatorship made a choice.
  23. It was made individually, for they could not communicate as a group.
  24. Each person had to consider the potential consequences, for themselves, family, friends.
  25. And the regime tried its utmost to terrorize them into silence.
  26. But I think they each concluded: Even if I stand alone, and am arrested, imprisoned and executed,
  27. That is still better than living a life that is false – where I am forced through fear to deny-
  28. Forced through fear to deny, each day, my true values and unique identity as a human being.
  29. This is a powerful choice – one that can change the world.
  30. When hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people make such a choice, it becomes all the mightier.
  31. Last Friday, the world watched as these people, individuals, came together to form a unified whole.
  32. But their unity was not the dreary sameness of a herd of interchangeable sheep or a set of nameless numbers.
  33. Rather, it drew its strength from the uniqueness of its members who had each found their own courage and voice;
  34. A whole far greater than the sum of its parts.
  35. The Bible tells us that “With God, all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)
  36. I invite you to alter the wording to your own religious tradition –
  37. Or merely to think. . . “Together, all things are possible.”
  38. Together, we can create a world where nobody lives in terror or oppression;
  39. A world in which all can speak freely without fear of imprisonment.
  40. Together, we can ensure that no child goes hungry or thirsty or grows up without a home or an education.
  41. Together, we can defeat the indifference that smothers change.
  42. Together, we can quell the hatred and prejudice that fuels the flames of conflict.
  43. Together, we can work to protect this Earth that we all share-
  44. Together, we can ensure that we all have access to its resources so that none are in need.
  45. Together, we can use the powerful forces of technology for communication and healing instead of destruction and revenge.
  46. Together, we can bring about the world we have always longed for and dreamed of.
  47. Though we may feel small, insignificant, “ordinary”, we MUST remind ourselves-
  48. We MUST remind ourselves of our true power and value as unique human beings.
  49. Once we have the courage to begin as individuals. . . there are no limits to what we may accomplish once united.

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