Heavenly Father, thank You so much. Father we thank You for this day that we can come together once again, that we have the freedom to live, to practice and worship You in this incredible world. Father, we thank You so much for the democratic world which was prepared by the American forefathers, guided by Your hand. Father, we thank You so much, because democracy is truly freeing people, allowing us to experience our faith without persecution. And we pray that those ideals may come to pass, that they may come true in all democratic countries.
Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters, particularly in Japan, who for 43 years have endured so much persecution, illegal kidnappings and crimes against human rights, because of their faith, and their religion. Father, we pray that You may console those hearts today. We want to pray for those persecutors, we want to pray like Jesus prayed, for those persecutors. We pray that they may have forgiveness and that they may repent of their ways. We pray that we may all be delivered into Your hand and Your love and we want to pray particularly for our brothers and sisters who have suffered these atrocities.
Father, we want to pray for those brothers and sisters who are the true heroes of our faith, who have endured intense suffering but still hold strong with love, with conviction and with faith. Father, we thank You so much for them, because without them we would be so unable to see how blessed we can be. We pray for them today, we pray that You have Your hand with them today, and that You may protect them today. We pray that Unificationists all around the world may be proud of their faith; that we may understand our right to practice our religion, our right to be proud of our faith, proud of True Parents; that we may understand our right to declare that they are the Lord, that they are the Messiah.
Father, we thank You so much, and we want to come together as a community, we want to offer grace to You and offer thanks. We want to ask You to come down and be in our lives, Father, to give us courage and strength to stand up in the face of persecution with peace, to stand up in the face of injustice with truth and stand up in the face of hatred with true love. Thank You so much. We pray, Father, that You may be with us today and as we move forward. Please guide us and give us Your spirit. Thank You so much. We pray all these things in our own names, as Blessed Central families we pray. Aju, Aju.
Sermon: Fearless True Love / September 26, 2009