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Shakespearean Invocations

  • When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward. Matthew 6:5 WEB

    It was a hot summer day in the South and Dad and I were working on a house for an elderly lady. Dad was repairing some of the wood work, and I was coming behind him painting it. At noon she invited us in to have lunch with her. We removed our hats and sat down at the table, and she said a blessing over the food before we ate. Now I try to say a blessing over my food too, but this is one that I will always remember.

    She folded her hands, her eyes closed, her head bowed, then her voice changed, and she began to speak in a 1700s ancient english dialect. She prayed words that I had only read in Shakespeare, or in the King James Bible. I felt as if we were on the Mount of Transfiguration as she became a completely different person right in front of me, uttering long beautiful words that I barely understood. Even her southern accent seemed to take on an old English overtone, and her pronunciation changed. I watched her out of the corner of my eye to see if she would levitate up from her chair.

    After what seemed to be several minutes, her prayer ended, and she became herself again. I felt like I had just seen something from the movie "The Exorcist" and I clenched my knife a little tighter for the rest of the meal. She was a southern belle that had learned religion by rote, and she prayed in King James English. You used to see a lot of that here. She thought she sounded 'Holier' but to me it was just 'Scarier.'

    When you pray, be yourself. Do not make God scratch His head and say: 'Well he looks like Dion, but he sounds like Shakespeare? Dion is that you? What happened to you?' I am sure that God would understand, but He has not heard that dialect in a while.

    Hypocrite means actor, someone impersonating someone else. God made you to be who you are and He put you here for such a time as this. When you speak to Him, be your everyday self and do not be ashamed to pray because you do not have the fancy words that you have heard others use. They may be faking it in order to impress you, and that is all the reward they will receive.

    You are who He made you to be and He loves you. When you pretend to be 'holier than thou' you are buying into a lie that you are not good enough, that God could not love the 'real' you, when nothing could be further from the truth. God has loved you for your entire life, through the ups and the downs. He understands, and He still loves you.

    God knows who we are inside, sees us run to the bathroom, and He watches us in traffic, so don't think that you will flatter Him with pretty words. God is the Awesome, Omnipresent, Unchangeable, Loving, Merciful, and Patient, Creator of the Universe, and He made you. So be yourself, especially when praying. The superficial is everywhere, while the real thing is rare and beautiful to behold.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for loving me just as I am. You made me and I am now here before You in prayer. It's me Lord. I just want You to know that I am thinking of You today and that I want more of You in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.' ~ 'Standing Still' will be next week's fun theme. Our themes are always open for creative interpretation so be creative also, we encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos reflect some blessings and beauty I noticed while standing still yesterday. Now go be still and capture, whatever brings you joy! Looking forward to scrolling our group page!!! Have a wonderful week y'all, and remember, 'The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still' ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah for all you do for us all And I thank you for all the blessings you provide for us...... Help us to be honest and true self when praying to you! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen ❤️
Jul 14
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jul 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Jul 14
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

This is beautiful:

'God is the Awesome, Omnipresent, Unchangeable, Loving, Merciful, and Patient, Creator of the Universe, and He made you.'

Thank you, Amen

Jul 14
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 14
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. God loves you and me!!  I am yours dear Lord. Amen

Jul 14
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 14
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you for loving me God. I love you too. Praise God praise Jesus Amen 

Jul 14
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

God loves  us to be are self  in jesus name amen 

Jul 14
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for always loving me just the imperfect man I am I love you Father.

Jul 14
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Heavenly Father for loving us.We truly love you. Amen 

Jul 14
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Judith B
Judith B

 Good morning Holy Spirit, I thank you for my life which is hidden in Christ in God. Thank you for allowing me to be always true to Father first and to myself next. Thank you for giving me everything that I need in this journey and for the processes of transformation that you have brought me through so that I can become the best version of myself to bring glory and honor to you LORD. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, AMEN.

Jul 14
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jul 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I thank You for all you have done for me and my family, showing me what real love is. I know that I been not as truthful as You wants me to be but always there to lead and change me to become a better me, I thank You for Your loving kindness and forgiveness .I want more of You in my life, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for all you do for us, God bless you both. 

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen.

Jul 14
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Dion... wonderful lesson.  Thank you Lord of Heaven for loving me just as I am.  Amen 

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jul 14
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Jul 14
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Awesome word today!!

 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 15