"For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit..." ... 1 Peter 3:10
Debra. Age 9:
You should have seen me: I'd sit in our tiny farm-town church and pray for Lucille Ball. I liked imagining her walking into our sanctuary, sitting beside me(!) then, at the service's end, stepping down the aisle to accept Jesus into her heart.
Seriously, yeah, I did that. Over a few weeks I felt such a divine compassion for her. I wanted her to 'be saved' when technically, I hadn't officially made that decision for myself yet.
Age 15: I felt that same divine compassion for Michael Learned, you know, the mother from The Waltons. Wanted her to know Jesus, also, and I prayed for her over some weeks.
Age 24: One day while cleaning house I felt an urgency to pray for Ken Osmond, a.k.a. Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver. Prayers went up for him approximately a week.
Age 43 through the Present: I've had weeks of divine compassion for these celebrities so I interceded for them:
Dennis Quaid (and his wife. Yes, I know what's happened, but I'm called to pray, God's called to know all the reasons why.)
Jim Caviezel (Wow, some awesome growth there!)
President Donald Trump
I'm remembering this today because I watched a video, God Loves Hollywood, by someone who gets it, who's been there and knows what (kinda intense) divine compassion for celebrities feels like.
Only sometimes online have I found fellow pray-ers for celebrities. And do you know what else we have in common? --
We refuse to ruin, negate, our prayers by speaking negatively about these folks. Instead, we take verses like this one, seriously:
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]." ...Proverbs 18:21
And if you sit beside us with your list of what's wrong with these people? Or you tell us all of Hollywood is hopelessly evil? Well, we might just ask you to knock it off. Then we'll explain why:
We believe God loved everyone, even radical left-wing celebrities, so much that He sent Jesus to die for them as well as the rest of us sinners. We believe God changes hearts, minds, and some future day Hollywood will reflect that.
So in the meantime? We'll pray for celebrities (and anyone else God asks us to) and our divine compassion for them will continue growing strong so that we'll not be all faint-hearted at the behavior our eyes see today.
So if we don't join you in bad-mouthing actors, politicians and others? Now you'll know why: Our God-breathed love and concern for their very souls is God-sent and too huge to allow us--and--we just don't want to.
Shared this at Facebook yesterday:
Was watching the News about our President this morning and this verse came to mind. (And not for the first time, either.)
(Me at age 9, praying for Lucille Ball.................ha!) ツ
"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel ..." 2 Corinthians 4:4 (So let's pray against this blindness!)
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15