The interesting thing about the process of living, is that you never know what’s around the next twist, turn and bend ahead in the path of life. We all travel “blind” towards the future, without knowing anything about the course that our lives will travel beyond this very moment in time. Such is the experience and adventure I’m undertaking with the St. Martin’s Cloak Foundation for Peace through Love. In every turn there is something new to know, understand and ponder; as I attempt to create a way to give back to the world and find my own personal calling in life.
Everything originally began with an idea that I’ve had for a long time, which would be to run a foundation that distributes funds to support, “the least among us” – those without a voice of their own in our society to be an advocate for their own needs: the unborn, children, the elderly, the sick, the needy and impoverished, the disadvantaged, the homeless, the mentally and physically challenged – just to name a few. So I thought, why should the fact that I don’t have any money stand in the way from “creating” my dream job? I’ll simply set up a non-profit foundation, and the process will naturally evolve from there.
At that point I met up with reality. As they always say, “it takes money to make money” – as well as to establish non-profit organizations. So eventually the fact that I didn’t have any money made me realize that this just wasn’t going to happen on my own. I just wanted to focus on the process of giving and meeting the needs of those I wanted to help. So, without wanting to give up my dream of helping folks, I pondered what else I could do for the world. I’m only one person, and need to hold down a full-time job simply to meet my own family’s needs – and I write this blog part-time – so where could I find the time and ability to change the world? I was already introducing my life through my writings and photographs in this blog – but what else could I do for the world?
Well, in an inspired moment I thought, I can pray for the world, and simply convert the organizational currency from Dollars or Euros into the “spiritual currency” of Prayer. So I just changed directions a bit and went forward with the St. Martin’s Cloak Prayer Foundation; and thought I would focus on praying for the world – but I questioned myself if public prayer could be justified or rationalized – not for me personally…but instead for the world.
Then I read the following passage spoken by Jesus in Matthew 6:5-13 (New International Version – Used With Permission):
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:”
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
The truth in Jesus’ words is unmistakable – a blog is indeed the modern version of the street corner – and prayer should remain private and not public. I took the time to review many of the prayers contained in the Bible by doing a word search for “pray” in the online New International Version, and discovered that the vast percentage of prayers in the Bible were private. The prayers that were “public” were also “participatory” – meaning that they were done in public with the active participation of the audience. A blog is not “participatory” – so it doesn’t qualify. So at that point I made all of my posts, that included prayers for the world, private. The truth simply cannot be denied.
I pondered my dilemma for a few days to think about what I could do – that is biblically sound – concerning making the world a better place for everyone to live. I decided to simply change the currency requirements again, and instead of a non-profit foundation based on Dollars or Euros or Prayer: my answer is to focus on “Love.” The mission of St. Martin’s Cloak Foundation for Peace through Love is to promote “World Peace through Love” – based on the Love of Jesus Christ for all of us – in unity with the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So I’ll rework all of my old posts over time, take out any references to prayer, and make them public again; converting them into discussions promoting, “World Peace through Love” – for each other and for the world. Please pray for me and for the world – that united in private prayer we can all help to bring peace to our world through love – for all of God’s Children.