The confederate symbol on our state flag is a symbol of broken covenant with the United States of America 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. Several cities–Hattiesburg, Starkville, Oxford, Grenada, Vicksburg, Jackson, Columbus, Yazoo City, and Magnolia–refuse to fly our state flag.
Our flag has become like the paralytic on a mat. The four anonymous friends brought their paralyzed friend to You by cutting a hole in the roof.
We, the anonymous intercessors of Mississippi, bring You the paralyzed flag of Mississippi. We take the sword of the Spirit and cut a trapdoor at Your feet. We lift up the Mississippi state flag and say, “Forgive our state its sins. Have mercy.”
We yearn to hear Your words, “Take up your new flag of hope and raise it.” Amen.