Originally posted on June 14, 2016, Flag Day.
Mark 5:25-29,34 (ESV)
And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. . .
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
In the original language, the phrase ‘go in peace’ is more accurately translated ‘go into peace.’
Our Father in heaven,
The confederate symbol on our state flag is a symbol of broken covenant with the United States and of our state’s history of slavery and racism. Today, it is a banner of contention, rather than peace; of division, rather than unity. We cry out for the state of Mississippi to go into peace, to step into the realm of shalom.
Isaac re-dug his father’s wells, which were then claimed by the Philistines. He named those wells Contention and Enmity. Isaac then drew further away and dug a well that was uncontested. He named it Rehoboth or wide open spaces.
We declare over Mississippi: No more flag of contention! No more flag of enmity! The state of Mississippi shall step into shalom and fly a flag that opens new vistas. Rehoboth! The state named “Father of waters” shall become a well of living water. Amen.
Reference: The exegesis of ‘go in peace’ came from Walking in Supernatural Healing Power by Chris Gore, p. 66.