Follow-up on flag

From Jackson Free Press:

Gov. Phil Bryant mentioned the state flag going back on the ballot for voters next year in an interview after his speech, however. When asked about Sen. Dean Kirby’s, R-Pearl, rumored legislation to put a potential infrastructure tax-increase proposal to voters, Bryant said voters could also vote on the flag.

“If people want to raise taxes, let’s give them an opportunity to have a voice in it, so I think you’ll hear a lot of talk about putting that on the ballot perhaps along with the state flag,” Bryant told reporters Wednesday. “I think it would be a good opportunity to put both of them on the ballot next year, and let the people of Mississippi speak with one voice on each of those important issues.”

Mississippians voted in 2001 to keep the current flag by a margin of two to one, splitting largely along racial lines.

The Ridgeland-based attorney [Andy Taggart] said he believes the Legislature should change the state flag to make a clear statement of the Mississippi’s public policy but believes they have stalled due to their constituents.

“This is a question of the need for real leadership because sometimes leadership is more than just doing what you’re people are telling you to do, sometimes it’s directing them where they ought to be going,” he said.

The state flag issue is also in the U.S. Supreme Court after a Mississippi attorney filed a federal lawsuit against Bryant over the banner. Both parties in the case have filed briefs, and the high court will have to decide whether or not to take the case. Bryant told reporters he believes the attorney general’s office is doing an excellent job on the case and said “that lawsuit has no merit, and I don’t expect the Supreme Court to even hear that case.”

Our Father in heaven,
Grant Mississippi the Flag of Hope, we pray. Amen.

I will sing

Psalm 59:16-17 (NLT)
But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.

Our Father in heaven,
May the songs of praise across Mississippi today be a pleasing offering in the throne room of heaven. Amen.

Fiery arrows coming through broken-down walls

1 Timothy 6:9-10 (NLT)
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.

Dear Father,
How we love You! Draw us ever closer under Your protective wing.

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

Guard us from foolish and harmful desires. Help us to recognize and respect the boundaries You have established for our protection.

Amen.

You are their strength!

O Father in heaven,
We call out to the Christians of the Mississippi Delta:

Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.
They exult in your righteousness.
You are their glorious strength.

You are their strength! We claim the promise of Your word–You are their glorious strength. Amen.
Psalm 89:15-17

Praise

The Mississippi Embayment is the deep trough in the earth’s crust where the Mississippi River runs. Woodall Mountain is the highest natural point in Mississippi.

Psalm 89:11-13 (NLT)
The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
everything in the world is yours—you created it all.
You created north and south.
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name.
Powerful is your arm!
Strong is your hand!
Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.

Shout Shalom, Delta marshes.
Sing Alleluia, alluvial plain.
Applaud, O piney woods.
Rejoice, O rivers.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

From the depths of the Mississippi Embayment to the heights of Woodall Mountain, Jesus Christ is Lord. His arm is powerful, and His hand is strong! His right hand is lifted high in glorious strength over the state of Mississippi! Amen.
Psalm 29:3-4

Broken bones, pleasant words, and the body of Christ

Proverbs 16:24 (New International Version)
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Song of Solomon 4:10-11a (New International Version)
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue.

Psalm 133:1-2 (New International Version)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

Interesting how pleasant words are integral to the integrity of the human body and the body of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father,
May the words of the Christians in the Mississippi Delta be like drops of honey, and may they bring healing to fractured bones and fractured churches in this land. Amen.

Jerusalem

Psalm 87:7 (NLT)
The people will play flutes and sing,
“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”

Ezekiel 47:1-12 (NLT)
In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway. . .
When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. . . There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. . .
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”

Our Father in heaven,
We bless Jerusalem, Your chosen city. We bless the life that springs from her and pray for her peace. Amen.