Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tonight's Greencastle-Antrim School Board Meeting

I have the privilege of once again offering a prayer before the Greencastle-Antrim School Board.

This is what I plan to recite before the school board. The last time I prayed was just prior to my stroke. I am really looking forward to doing this once again. Any thoughts or comments you'd like to share? It must include the Lord's Prayer and cannot exceed three minutes.
 
Good Evening,

It truly is a miracle that I am able to stand before all of you tonight. If I were to recount every facet of my journey over the past six months we would be here until the dead of night. Suffice to say that I am recovering well. I often see progress from week to week. As you can see I am in pretty fine shape for a young man who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke roughly six months ago. I understand that on March 7th, the day of my incident that this board met and prayed for me. I thank you for your support then and for the continued prayers you have offered on my behalf. This community has laid many petitions that bear my name before our Heavenly Father. He protected me on that day and spared my life. He acted as my shield, diverting the fiery dart that Satan launched from his bow. He intended to fatally wound me. Look at me and rest assure that God answers prayer so, let us bow our heads:

Heavenly Father, I pray that you would give each board member wisdom and understanding as they work to resolve the many issues, both simple and complicated, that come before them. May you give them the capacity to envision the future and to plan accordingly. Tomorrow is not a guarantee, but we can take comfort in knowing that your love, and grace, and mercy abound. I pray that you will bless this school district, that you will watch over and protect our students and faculty members. I pray that this school system will continue to grow, to succeed, and educate members of our younger generations, to prepare them for the world that lies before them. They are the future of our community and our nation.

As Christ prayed:

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth,

As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

Thank you for your service to this community, and for allowing me to speak before you and pray over you and this school district.

May God guide our steps and provide us with a resilience to endure the difficult and sometimes unexpected trials.

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