Prayer Warrior

It is my calling to treat every human being with grace and dignity, to treat every person whether encountered in a palace or a gas station, as the life made in the image of God.

Sheila Walsh, Contemporary

American Singer, Speaker

 

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 RSV

 

I don’t know much about Dorothy Riegel.  She painted, she was a good friend to all she knew, she was recognized as a leader among her peers at church and at the Presbyterian Residence where she lived out her life.  What I knew best about Dorothy Riegel is that when my dad was in the hospital with brain cancer, she prayed for him.  She not only prayed for him, but this warrior covered every human being that might have contact with him with prayer.  Dorothy did not differentiate by vocation, education, station in life. She simply prayed for my dad and then categorically listed each and every occupation that might touch his life while he was in the hospital.

She gave me much more than confidence that my father was in good hands, she gave me a template for prayer, an example for life, a bigger picture.  My favorite painting of hers is a view of Northport Harbor that is oval shaped, and allows for a big picture look at a much photographed, much painted, much walked landmark.  Somehow each time I walk there, I think of prayer, the big picture and Dorothy, a precious saint who loved each and every one with dignity, and her life in God’s hand.

Today, stray for the obvious.  Pray for each one you see, who drives past you a little too fast, who speaks sharply. Pray for that one who cannot hold a confidence, for that one who hardly speaks at all, and all the lives they touch in the big picture.

Because of Him,

Linda

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January 7, 2013 · 11:27 am

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