Aloha Friday Message – January 9, 2009


Do you remember this, Beloved?

I am a member of the Moon Beam Network. Every hour of every day I am loved and prayed for by other members. Every time we see the moon, we remember the whole network, even those persons we do not know, and we lovingly remember them in prayer.

Father, I take a moment to remember everyone in the Moon Beam Network. Watch over them all. Bless them. Protect them. Guide them. Direct them. Keep them all safe from any harm or danger in body, mind, and spirit. See to their temporal needs and continue to call them all to a deeper spiritual awareness of and commitment to you. Give them your Light. Bless them all for the love we share among all of the members of the Moon Beam Network. Likewise bless everyone I have ever loved and everyone who has ever loved me and anyone who has ever loved them, for the love we have comes from You through your Son Jesus the Christ by the ministry of The Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Today I want to take a moment to comment on this short prayer and to encourage you to use it often. You should have received an explanation about the MBN when you were inducted as a member. (If you don’t have it, didn’t get it, or don’t remember it, let me know and I’ll send it to you.)

In this prayer we ask for God to protect us from the World’s ways and influences in every aspect of our lives. We pray for daily and deepening conversion so that our minds, and bodies, and spirits will be renovated in His image and committed to His plan for our lives.

God is Light, the Father of Lights, and we ask Him to send us that Light to illuminate our path toward Him. The Light is to be shared, passed on to others, and multiplied.

We offer blessing to the people we love, all the people we hold dear in our hearts, even those we might not fully remember. How could we not remember someone we have loved? Remember, Love is not a feeling; it is an action. When we have been kind, or thoughtful, or generous, or given hope, or comfort or refuge; when we have been merciful, or prayerful, whenever we have acted out of compassion, sought justice for others, facilitated liberty we have loved.

And we also offer blessing to everyone who has ever loved us. How many times have people prayed for you or helped you or risked a bit of themselves for your sake? They have loved you, then, and you might not have even known it. That’s not uncommon in the MBN because people you have never known are praying for you right now. And so we bless them for that blessing they have given us.

We offer blessing for “anybody who has ever loved them,” for all the people who have loved the people who have loved us. This expands the circle of blessing far beyond our own lives. Anybody who has ever loved anyone who has ever loved you or me – that comes to a lot of people and therefore a lot of love and blessing. It even includes The Trinity.

1 John 4:16 We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

If you would, please make the time to find your Bible and read that whole chapter in First John – not the Gospel of John, but the first letter of John back toward the end of the New Testament. That’s pretty much the whole idea behind the MBN – to love one another, to pray for one another, to make “one another” the broadest circle, the most complicated Venn Diagram ever. Make it a circle so large that your simple 20 seconds of prayer covers the whole world. You will even end up praying for the people who do not, have not, and probably will not love you – but you can love them.

Pray that leaders will govern with compassion, wisdom, and justice. Pray that the good we do is not merely contemplative but also active – feed the hungry, shelter the poor, heal the sick, liberate the captives, be the difference: Be Love, Beloved.

That is why I urge you to use this prayer as often as you can; and if you can’t remember the whole thing just pray, “God, you know the Moon Beam Network and every one in it. Bless them now for the blessings they have given me.” Do this, and you will know God, for God is Love.

And so, today, please pray for AT who is very ill, JT also ill and hurting financially, and CD whose work life suddenly changed recently. I invite you all to share your prayers and prayer requests – for petition or praise – and to do so for Love.

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service, Beloved

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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