Last night's Wednesday testimony meeting was a powerhouse. The readings from the desk were decisive and authoritative. “Rise in the conscious strength of the Spirit of Truth” “Be firm and be faithful.”
The testimonies were not hopeful wishes for a better world, but were spoken with the voice of experience. Each person gave witness to the power of God to protect, to heal, to guide and to comfort.
Prayer warriors that we are, our collective stories brought us to a higher realization of the transforming nature of Truth and Love.
“A right understanding of God restores harmony.” If that principle helps to restore harmony in a single relationship, it can restore it on a global scale. “What cannot God do?”
The testimonies brought out what each person had proved for themselves and extended their proofs to include our community and all efforts underway to alleviate violence. These truths and proofs were extended to include the girls in Nigeria recently abducted by a terrorist group. Purity is power. Innocence is their protection.
We speak from experience. It is true for these beautiful girls as it is true for us. The meeting ended with another person reminding us about the angels Michael and Gabriel – angels ( or God's thoughts passing to man) who are as present with the Nigerian girls as we have known them to be with us.
SH 566:30 Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. ….The Gabriel of His presence has no contests.
Late that same night I got a call from a church member. “We have to remember to include those in the terrorist group,” he said. “They cannot be controlled by hatred. We can see Love breaking down the mesmerism of fear for them, too.”
Here are some closing prayers with the power to pierce whatever form evil tries to take:
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Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016