Genesis 21:33 (New International Version)
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.
Psalm 90:1-3 (New International Version)
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
Psalm 93:2 (New International Version)
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.
Isaiah 26:4 (New International Version)
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.
You are from everlasting to everlasting. Our times are in Your hands.
The deferred hopes and dashed dreams of this region are like a field of stubble. Part of our psyche is stuck in the past.
Help us to acknowledge and turn from our sins and the sins of our ancestors. Help us to forgive those who have hurt us. Burn away the regrets that have held us back from stepping into the destiny that You have ordained for the Mississippi Delta.
May every sector of society in the Mississippi Delta–the governments, families, churches, media, economy, arts and entertainment, and schools–be careful in how they order their days, making the most of every opportunity. May their time flow with Your time, neither getting stuck in the past nor getting ahead of the present. Help our culture to be wise, redeeming the time.
We especially ask favor for the families and schools of third graders who did not pass the reading competency test.
Grace and new beginnings, Lord. Grace and new time. Amen.
Ephesians 5:15-16, Colossians 4:5