April 2: Praying for Ourselves

Today, we conclude this Lenten Media Prayer Journey–40 days of praying for our newspeople. We conclude by praying for ourselves, that we may be honest and upright in the new we report and share, and that we may seek God’s kingdom with charity, hope, and endurance.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for myself. May I seek the truth with justice and charity, and may I report the truth to others with honesty and integrity. May my voice rouse myself and others to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

On the eve of becoming Catholic

I am thankful for Odessa Bible Church, who offered the communion every week that drew me in to a relationship with Jesus at a very young age.

I am thankful for Fellowship Bible Church of Longview, who instilled in me a delight in and hunger for the Scriptures that has never left or abated.

I am thankful for Jim Foster’s Bible study in the FBC youth group for teaching me what a confession is and prompting me to seek one I could confess.

I am thankful for Grace Community Church of Waco, who met my hunger for the creed and for communion and who first taught me what the liturgical year looked like.

I am thankful for Antioch Community Church of Waco, who showed me how to walk with the Holy Spirit through depression and anxiety and who taught me the value of spiritual authority.

I am thankful for the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit of Waco, who welcomed me with grace and hospitality as I learned how to use the Book of Common Prayer and partake in the life of a liturgical community.

I am thankful for St. Andrew’s Church of Gainesville, who opened her heart to me and let me in so deep, for the friendships made and cemented there, and for the spiritual wisdom I gained through her teaching.

I am thankful for Dayspring Baptist Church of Waco, who taught me that I did not have to sign up for everything the church was doing to still be a part of the Body of Christ.

I am thankful for One Hope Presbyterian Church of Longview, who showed me hospitality and welcome in the waiting place.

I am thankful for the Body of Christ. I am honored to be a part of Him. The local church is the hope of the world, because that is where Jesus is, and He is our one Hope.

As we follow our Lord’s leading into the Roman Catholic Church, I pray with Jesus,

Make us one as You and the Father are One, Lord! May the walls we have built fall, and and may Your Church feast in friendship together.

April 1: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for World Magazine—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for World Magazine’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 31: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for both National Review and Newsweek—specifically their owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for National Review’s and Newsweek’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 30: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for the New York Times—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for the New York Time’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 28: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for Getty Images—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for Getty Images’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 27: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for Univision—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for Univision’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 26: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for ESPN—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for ESPN’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 25: Praying for our Newspeople

Today is the feast of the Annunciation.

Today we pray for Buzzfeed—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for Buzzfeed’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

March 24: Praying for our Newspeople

Today we pray for the Huffington Post—specifically its owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters.

God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for the Huffington Post’s owners, writers, producers, editors, camera people, other support staff, and reporters. May they seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

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