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United Thru Prayer

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself; but as it is written, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by encouragement of the scripturas we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:1-6 (NRSV)

Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:14 (NRSV)

Pamela Cheeseman, from Kentucky, began her first teaching position at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an English instructor for military recruits predominately from Puerto Rico and South Korea. They focused not only on English skills but also on the practical understanding of military terminology and materials.

A few of her students were married with children, and one infantry soldier would soon report to his first duty station. On the morning of March 5, 1982, Pamela mentioned to her students that it happened to be the World Day of Prayer. One student spoke up, "Hey, Teacher, sounds like you want to say a prayer." So they formed a circle and bowed their heads. Pamela prayed for each of them to return safely to their families. As she finished, another student prayed in Spanish, followed by another praying in Korean. They each concluded with a resounding "Amen." After they raised their heads, the silence and brief glances of understanding sanctified the bond of fellowship among them. United in faith, they could see that the strength of prayer was indeed universal.

Prayer: Dear God, guard us against all fear, and instill in us the power of faith and hope. Thank you for the gift of community, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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