A few of the gals suggested the other day that a simultaneous group prayer would be just the thing to do for our Buddy Solaratov as he heals up from cancer surgery. We’ve all been praying for him individually, and we’ve sent him some gun magazines as discussed in this thread, but here’s an opportunity for all of us, distributed quite literally around the world, to say a prayer for his strength, healing and consolation. Here’s the plan:
At the moment indicated below for your location:
Australia: 12am-midnight (in case Aussie sees this in time)
We will each, in his own way, begin a prayer for Sol. Most of us have agreed that we will be saying the same prayer for the first few minutes, but you can feel free to say whatever you like in your own prayer. The prayers suggested by Shalini and Grunt and agreed upon by the others are:
The Lord’s Prayer
Reading of Psalm 31
That’s it! If you can, please consider spending a few minutes at this precise moment tomorrow, Friday, April 25th, wherever you are around the world, to pray for Solaratov in his pain and suffering. We encourage anyone who knows Sol or has blogged with him since the discussions at HillBuzz in 2009 or at the HoneyTrail or the Conservative TreeHouse around 2010 or here at 4GFC over the last few years, to do this. Even if you’re a lurker and have never commented on these blogs but have enjoyed Sol’s commentary, please join in.
Click on the post title or the link below to see the text of the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 31…
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Psalm 31: (NAB-Catholic)
2 In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me;
3 Incline your ear to me;
make haste to rescue me!
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to save me.
4 For you are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me.
5 Free me from the net they have set for me,
for you are my refuge.
6 Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, LORD, God of truth.
7 You hate those who serve worthless idols,
but I trust in the LORD.
8 I will rejoice and be glad in your mercy,
once you have seen my misery,
[and] gotten to know the distress of my soul.
9 You will not abandon me into enemy hands,
but will set my feet in a free and open space.
10 Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am in distress;
affliction is wearing down my eyes,
my throat and my insides.
11 My life is worn out by sorrow,
and my years by sighing.
My strength fails in my affliction;
my bones are wearing down.
12 To all my foes I am a thing of scorn,
and especially to my neighbors
a horror to my friends.
When they see me in public,
they quickly shy away.
13 I am forgotten, out of mind like the dead;
I am like a worn-out tool.
14 I hear the whispers of the crowd;
terrors are all around me.
They conspire together against me;
they plot to take my life.
15 But I trust in you, LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
16 My destiny is in your hands;
rescue me from my enemies,
from the hands of my pursuers.
17 Let your face shine on your servant;h
save me in your mercy.
18 Do not let me be put to shame,
for I have called to you, LORD.
Put the wicked to shame;
reduce them to silence in Sheol.
19 Strike dumb their lying lips,
which speak arrogantly against the righteous
in contempt and scorn.
20 How great is your goodness, Lord,
stored up for those who fear you.
You display it for those who trust you,
in the sight of the children of Adam.
21 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from scheming enemies.
You conceal them in your tent,
away from the strife of tongues.
22 Blessed be the LORD,
marvelously he showed to me
his mercy in a fortified city.
23 Though I had said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your eyes.”
Yet you heard my voice, my cry for mercy,
when I pleaded with you for help.
24 Love the LORD, all you who are faithful to him.
The LORD protects the loyal,
but repays the arrogant in full.
25 Be strong and take heart,
all who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31: (NIV)
1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
as for me, I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
8 You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.
9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,[b]
and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord,
for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
and be silent in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips be silenced,
for with pride and contempt
they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
19 How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
from accusing tongues.
21 Praise be to the Lord,
for he showed me the wonders of his love
when I was in a city under siege.
22 In my alarm I said,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
when I called to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
but the proud he pays back in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.