PRAYERS FOR FLORIDA

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Where to begin? OK. I will begin with authenticity. I know that I am in the depths of my calling at this time in my life. The intensity has been increasing since 2010. It really began the first time I remember praying with authenticity at age four. The first prayer I remember saying of my own accord was when I was four years old. It was following my bedtime prayer, which was taught to me by my parents. The prayer I was taught to say was this:

‘Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray The LORD my soul to keep.
Jesus, Keep me through the night.
And wake me in the morning light.
Amen.’

I said this prayer every night as a child, with one or both of my parents sitting with me at my bedside, saying the prayer with me in unison. From the time I was able to speak and recite verbal language as a child, I prayed this bedtime prayer. It was at age four that I now recall ending my prayer with a closing benediction of my own authenticity. My brother Joshua, age two-years at the time, listened in our shared bedroom as I closed our nightly prayers.

‘God, Bless the whole wide world. Amen.’

So, my nighttime prayer with my parents and brother, beginning at age four, went as such:

‘Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray The LORD my soul to keep.
Jesus, Keep me through the night.
And wake me in the morning light.
God, Bless the whole wide world.
Amen.’

It was at that time, in knowing I was praying a benediction of authenticity to You for the entire world, that I received a relationship. Thus began my relationship with You. It was my first known talent; Faith. That was in 1981. In 2008, I discovered that Faith is considered a Spiritual Gift. In a Spiritual Gifts assessment I completed in 2008, I received 100% in Faith.

This all leads to this medium of communication — writing my testimony in authenticity — a blog with an iPad in 2016. The authenticity that has arrived up-to-date in this medium is that I am in You, and You are in me. And so, since age four, then began an authentic relationship with You of my own accord, and since 2008, then received was a confirmation of a Faith development throughout 27 years. Since I had already received the experience of the four children killed in a school bus crash in 2008, having predicted it in 2007, it was after that crash when I sought Spiritual counsel. My Spiritual mentor, whom I met for the first time in 2008, five months after the school bus crash, was a Christian pastor.

He offered to interpret the Spiritual Gifts assessment at that time. He counseled me to apply the 100% Faith and 100% Prophesy that had emerged in my Spiritual Gifts assessment, taken one week prior to our meeting. I also showed, in my Spiritual Gifts assessment results, 80% Intercessory Prayer — praying on the behalf of others. He counseled me to increase my Intercessory Prayer, and to notice how Prophecy and Faith are a beautiful, harmonious interchange with Intercessory Prayer. Since that Spiritual counsel in 2008, I have prayed every day when I receive premonitions, signs, and symbols.

In 2010, I was working at a local Christian church in my hometown as their Director for Children and Family Ministries. During that time, a dear friend of mine was in a terrible car accident and was brought into a coma for several months. His name is James. Within two days of the accident, I visited James in the hospital. He was in a coma, and I was able to hold his hand, speak to him, and tell him that I was praying for him. I continued to pray for him throughout the duration of his stay in the hospital, which lasted several months.

On the morning of May 12, 2011, I awoke to two loud knocks on the front door at my home. I went to answer the door right away, and when I opened the door, there was no one there. I thought it to be outstanding, yet went about my morning, getting ready for work. When I arrived at the church where I worked, I heard two quick knocks on the window of my car door, the driver’s side, next to me. I turned to my left, startled by the knocks.

I expected to see a co-worker, a familiar church member, or a local neighbor. There was no one there. It was an empty parking lot. Approximately four hours later, I received a text from a mutual friend of James. James had passed out of his body that morning and was pronounced deceased. This was the first I had been informed of his passing.

This preface brings me to this morning. This morning, I awoke from sleep at 4:20 a.m. CST to three rapid knocks within my bedroom. I was dreaming at the time of the knocks, and the awakening allowed me to become consciously aware of what I was dreaming. I wrote down the words that I heard my own voice saying to myself in my dream. In my dream, in my own voice, I was explaining my options for travel and continuing life purpose. My speech in the dream was rapid, like the knocks that awoke me:

‘Now there are particularly varied queries.
Country’d journalism, journeyed journalism, and rare journalism.’

I texted these words to myself and noted the time I had been awakened by the three knocks. 4:20 a.m. CST. I then did an Internet search for the meaning of hearing a mysterious three knocks with no one visibly there. What turned up (which, incidentally, was at seeksghosts.blogspot.com) was information that hearing three mysterious knocks with no one there means someone has died or is about to. In regards to any seeming dark side of my discovery, I will note that on Wednesday of this past week, I received a newly offered Spiritual exploration of the importance of “shadow work” in developing Spiritual authenticity, which is essentially what we don’t know that we don’t knowour blind spots.

Three knocks are a classic omen or harbinger. Three knocks are noted as an omen of death in traditions throughout Ireland and Scotland. In several Native American tribes, a thumping of a stick three times on the ground or a drum beating three times can be a signal of death. This symbolism has been recorded in Arab, Jewish, and African lore, as well as American folklore. Following James’ death in 2011, I had also looked up ‘two knocks’ online and received a similar confirmation at that time.

Upon recording the words I had heard in my dream, noting the time, and looking up the meaning of three knocks, I paused in silence for a moment of intense prayer. My prayer began at approximately 4:30 a.m. CST and lasted approximately five minutes. I especially prayed for my loved ones. I also prayed specific prayers in regards to the information that I was receiving by way of premonition. And my benediction was a prayer of thanksgiving for Your Blessing of the whole wide world. I Love You, God. You are in me, and I am in You. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to receive this passage:

“Adventures do occur, but not punctually. Life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate.”
—E.M. FORSTER

I wanted to receive the passage response to my prayer before writing about what I was made aware of once I awoke for the day today, Sunday, June 12, 2016. Today’s passage was received at approximately 3:30 p.m. CST. Yes, following the three knocks experience from early this morning, I prayed intensely for my loved ones, as well as for other meaningful information I was receiving. And I fell asleep within minutes of my prayer, waking for the day at approximately 9:30 a.m. CST. I wondered if the three knocks meant anything beyond my loved ones’ safety and a hopeful dream message of travel opportunities involving journalism.

So, I turned on my television.

And there it was. Programming on CBS news covering a cheerful reporting of the upcoming Tony Awards, celebrating theatre arts, was abruptly interrupted by a news bulletin informing of a mass shooting in Florida late last night. According to the news that was made available at that time, 50 people were pronounced deceased. The shooting took place at a nightclub, noted as a gay nightclub, at approximately 2:02 a.m. ET. The shooter proceeded to create a hostage takeover of patrons at the nightclub. The hostage takeover was reported to have lasted approximately three hours.

I immediately did the math. 2:02 a.m. ET was 1:02 a.m. CST, where I was sleeping. Three hours after the initial shooting and hostage takeover would have been approximately 5 a.m. ET, which is 4 a.m. CST. I awoke to the three knocks at approximately 4:20 a.m. CST. All of the deaths would have been completed by the time I heard the knocks, according to the most updated reporting.

After receiving this information, I prayed for the souls of the passed on, that their passages would be blessed by God. Each and every one of them. Then I prayed for the families and loved ones of the deceased, for the collective emotional wellbeing of the state of Florida, for the collective emotional wellbeing of the United States of America, and for the collective emotional wellbeing of the whole wide world.

I am continuing to pray over the course of this unfolding. I ask that you also pray, and ask those around you to pray. Thank you all for your prayers. Your prayers are God in you, and you in God. Amen.

And I need to also present an additional prayer request:

Cancer is unhealed grief from childhood, without question. With this much grief in a collective presence, I look to our children. I pray that we do everything we can to ensure that our world’s children are emotionally healed so that they may heal others, as so many of them are called to be healers at this time in history. I ask that you follow your callings to heal our world’s children. We need them here. Amen.

(Closing prayers at 4:18 p.m. CST on 06.12.2016)

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