Article Title: Prayer for South Africa (and especially Southern Africa and specifically, Zimbabwe, Darfur in Sudan and Somalia)
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category/Subject: South Africa, inspiration, “inspirational writings”, prayer, Nelson Mandela, forgiveness, peace, Craig Lock, social and political issues/problems
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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.
PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA (AND ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN AFRICA… AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ZIMBABWE AND DARFUR IN SUDAN
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 “many many moons back” in 1994 (“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’.
“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, instill 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 fulfill 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, rightiousness 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
Craig Lock (1994)
P.S: These days please pray especially for all the citizens of South Africa’s neigbour, 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”)
“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.”
“Many small (though significant) steps by many ‘ordinary (what’s that?) people with eventually reach their destination.”
“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”
About the submitter:
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.
“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.“
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”
“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
“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
“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