Read Psalm 65: 2-8
You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.
As a Spanish teacher, I have had the opportunity to meet
people from many countries, cultures and religions over the
years. God has blessed me in these encounters.
One of the loveliest experiences I have had was in Puerto
Rico with a young Christian woman from Indonesia. This
young woman was far from her family and felt quite lonely in
Puerto Rico. No one in our area spoke her native language.
However, she and I both spoke English, so we could communicate while she learned Spanish.
When we prayed, we held hands; she prayed in her
language and I in mine. Together we opened our hearts —
praying and crying to God — united in our willingness to be
attentive to the presence of
the Holy Spirit. We remain
grateful that God not only
listens to our prayers but
understands our common
Prayer: God of all, thank you for the privilege of praying for
and with one another regardless of our differences. We pray
as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt.
6: 9-13, kjv).
Aida I. Rojas (Puerto Rico)
Prayer Focus: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
— Psalm 65: 2 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
The Holy Spirit unites us
as one family.