Prayer for South Africa 1994 (and especially Southern Africa)…

Article Title: Prayer for South Africa 1994 (and especially Southern Africa and specifically, Zimbabwe, Darfur in Sudan and Somalia)

Shared by: Craig Lock

Category/Subject: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan , inspiration, “inspirational writings”, prayer, Nelson Mandela, forgiveness, peace, Craig Lock, social and political issues/problems

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at https://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/ and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig

Publishing Guidelines:

This Prayer was originally written in 1994 (before South Africa’s first “Democratic” election. I have updated it slightly (today – 4am!) and am sharing it with a view to helping create global awareness of the current desperate plight of South Africa’s northern neighbour, Zimbabwe.

This prayer (together with all my articles) may be freely published electronically and in print (and prayed). If these writings make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy in an often very dark world, then I’m very happy.

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PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA (AND ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN AFRICA… AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ZIMBABWE AND DARFUR IN SUDAN

Author’s Note:

This prayer was originally based on the most inspirational ‘Prayer for America’ by Marianne Williamson (www.marianne.com). Incidentally, I received a most appreciative and gracious message from former South African President, Nelson Mandela for sharing these thoughts with him (as well as encouraging me on “the writing journey”) “many many moons back” in 1994/95 (“names-dropping” again there, craig!). This icon of reconcilation and magnanimity has and will remain a great inspiration to me in my writing… for ‘Madiba’s’ integrity, immense ‘nobility and immense generosity of spirit’.

see

http://www.mandelamadiba.wordpress.com

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“We join in prayer to celebrate this new nation and surrender its destiny to you.

We give thanks in our hearts to the founding of this vibrant nation of diverse peoples,

a beautiful yet tragic land built upon the rivers of blood, that flowed from our forefathers;

yet still flow today…a ‘happy sad’ land of such contrasts.

We give thanks for and bless the souls of those,

who came before us and prepared this nation,

to nurture and to save it;

because so many gave their lives for it,

some selflessly and many needlessly.

We ask that God’s Holy Spirit now fill the hearts of all this great nation’s citizens – with thoughts of goodwill, righteousness, justice, acceptance and respect for others.

In this may we be cleansed of all destructive thoughts. May judgement of others, bigotry, racism and intolerance be washed clean from our hearts,

like the blood of our forefathers. God, instil in us especially a generous spirit of forgiveness and hope for the future. May we play our parts, all of us,

in the healing and the furtherance of our diverse country; so that South Africa will one day fulfil its immense potential, a bright promise yet to be fulfilled.

To do the very best within our abilities in developing “The Beloved Country” socially, politically, economically and spiritually…

in a spirit of acceptance, co-operation, reconciliation and peace – each and every one of us.

Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls.

Let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation and peace.

Let our leaders look at the future with a vision:

to see things not as they are, but what they could one day become. * Dear Almighty God, you are all-powerful and omnipresent. You hold each one of us in the palms of Your mighty hands.

May our minds be filled with the thoughts of You;

Your unconditional love and Your acceptance of all Your people, Your children.

May this nation be forgiven its transgressions against its fellow citizens of all races and creeds and any and all others…

so that we as a nation can move forward in harmony and prosperity.

May our lives be turned to instruments of resurrection and reconciliation,

to reach out and bring all our peoples together,

that the sins of our fathers might be reversed through us, His children.

Let us forgive, even if we can never forget.

May the rich promises of this beautiful country of such contrasts be fulfilled…at long last.

The greatest resource in any nation is its citizens;

so may the beauty and greatness of this rich, diverse and vibrant land burst forth in the hearts of all it’s people.

Out of the mistakes and tragedy of the past,

may the dreams of our forefathers be realised in us;

so that we might live with thoughts of goodwill, honesty, integrity, excellence and peace with our neighbours in a bright new dawn.

May this country become a light at the top of the hill unto all the nations of this world (but especially in the “dark” neglected continent of Africa):

so that our country will be a beacon of goodness, tolerance of differences, freedom, peace and especially hope. (Because the human condition has far more in common, than our cultural, ethnic and racial differences).

May violence and darkness be cast out of our midst.

May hatred no longer find fertile ground in which to grow here.

May all of us feel God’s, the Ultimate Source of Life’s Immeasurable Mercy, Infinite Grace and Love upon each one of us.

Dear God, please, please ignite in our hearts,

in the depths of our souls the spark of Your light.

Let us pursue the Spirit of Truth.

May our newborn nation be given a new light:

one of justice, righteousness and peace,

that will be seared into our hearts,

the sacred fire of freedom, democracy, the spirit of reconciliation and Your forgiveness for past transgressions:

So that the flame of ‘ubuntu‘, the generosity of spirit burns brightly in the heart of all New South Africans.

A new light of Love that will shine so brightly right across this vast land as a beacon of hope for the future –

from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean,

from the Limpopo in the north to the Cape of Storms at the southern tip of Africa.

May we be forgiven – each one of us.

May our children be blessed.

May we be renewed.

May each one of us be filled with the spirit of the Almighty, the Divine.

In our lives may the “Rainbow Children of the Beloved Country” manifest the glory of God,

that lies within every one of us.

Dear God, please bless South Africa

Amen”

Craig Lock (1994)

P.S: These days please pray especially for all the citizens of South Africa’s neighbour, the “blighted” Southern African nation of Zimbabwe, as well as the poor persecuted citizens of Darfur in Sudan and in Somalia.

“Lest we forget!”

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

(January 2007)

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

– Albert Schweizer

“May you have the courage to speak your truth, may you find peace within, and may we all one sunny day know peace on earth.”

– Debbie Milam

(with a couple of words added by craig)

“Deep within us there is a flame that burns,

and that flame is the spark of God.

In some it burns brightly,

in others it is barely distinguishable;

but always it burns…and with love, tolerance and acceptance of others the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them,

even if they don’t see it themselves.” – anon (and words slightly adapted by craig)

“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.”

– craig

“Many small (though significant) steps by many ‘ordinary (what’s that?) people with eventually reach their destination.”

– craig

“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”

About the submitter:

Craig likes, no loves, to share information and insights to encourage others to be all they are capable of being. He truly believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us. In his various writings he strives, little by little, to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers.

In his novels Craig writes about “the beloved” country of South Africa. Anyway, what other job would be suitable for him? Craig Lock’s novel on South Africa ‘Over the Rainbow’ is available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html+www.lulu.com/craiglock

A look at the many colourful peoples, who make up this diverse and vibrant society, as seen through the eyes of a newspaper reporter.

Craig is presently “working on” (it’s not really “work”) his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable will, together with the unquenchable human spirit of some ‘ordinary’ people put in extra-ordinary situations. An unconquerable spirit that lies within each one of us, if “drawn/called upon”, as told against the backdrop of a troubled, yet exciting and vibrant continent.

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at https://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/ and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

“Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation and peace. Let our leaders look at the future with a vision – to see things not as they are, but what they could one day become.– craig

One of his ‘little missions’ is trying to help promote peace in some small way by helping and encouraging others to find inner peace, as peace begins within.

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”

Try not to become a man or woman of success, but a person who strives to add value to others lives in some way. That then is true success”

– craig

“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine, that still stirs within each one of us.” – the words of US President, Barack Obama in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

“TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one life at a time, let’s encourage, impact, uplift and perhaps even inspire the world. YOU be the change you want to see in the world.”

THIS PRAYER MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED (AND PRAYED)

“Blessed are the peace-makers… because they will accumulate plenty of Frequent Flyer points.”

To dearest mom, Hazel, your unique and generous spirit lives on…forever

see http://www.momsgarden.wordpress.com

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5 Responses to “Prayer for South Africa 1994 (and especially Southern Africa)…”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Thanks for the comment/follow/link/like
    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (many thousands already),.. together with hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/
    …true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

    Like

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  3. “It might be hard for you to understand this being an outsider; but South Africa holds the souls of its sons a nd daughters in an almost inescapable grasp… Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out .” – South Africa: &q Says:

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  5. craiglock Says:

    Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    I’ve had many hundreds of thousands of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me – sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”

    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a

    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”

    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…

    and you may even hit the stars.”

    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”

    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/

    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,

    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,

    or Beethoven composed music, or

    Shakespeare wrote poetry.

    He should sweep streets so well

    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,

    here lived a great street sweeper

    who did his job well.”

    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

    MINE!

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…

    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,

    And never shake you by the hand,

    I send my soul through time and space

    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

    Like

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