Thought For The Day 08/21/12


The “Wright” Words!


Rev. Joseph Wright


When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing – nothing. 

Saint Francis of Assisi


Wichita, Kansas. A small city by the standards by which we measure most cities here in the US with a population of only 382,368 by the last census data collected in 2010.  And yet it is the largest city in Kansas, a state situated right in the middle of our nation’s heartland. Kansas is a state known for its wheat production and it’s propensity for severe weather, especially during the summer months when the fury of the tornado has been known to level huge expanses in a matter of moments. But I suspect Kansas never expected to be known as the state when the stormy words of one, Rev Joseph Wright, would very nearly tear down the very walls of the State House of Representatives which is located in the capital city of Topeka.


As is their custom, the legislature welcomed the Rev. Wright, pastor of the Central Christian Church in Wichita, to offer the opening convocation for their session on January 23, 1996. I am sure most of these men and women expected the usual, perfunctory prayer and I am equally certain that most sat, feigning an interest in the words, minds most probably a million miles away, thinking about bills and votes and discussions that were going to happen in just a short few minutes. Then Rev. Wright began to speak. The impact of his words was profound and immediate as many of the state representatives left their seats and promptly exited the chamber. His words prompted nearly 5,000 calls to his church office and of those, there were only a mere 47 negative comments. His words were aired by renowned radio host Paul Harvey on his show, “The Rest of the Story” and resulted in the highest viewer response of any show Mr. Harvey had ever aired. His words earned him the nickname of the Pastor with “GUTS” even as the prayer he offered has become known as “the prayer that wouldn’t die”. Even today, 16 years later, a week rarely passes without Rev. Wright being asked about it. And now you all will be reading it, for perhaps the very first time. And whether or not you agree with or endorse the sentiments expressed yourself, I bet his words will make just as significant an impact on you as they have on millions of people worldwide!


Wright’s Prayer of Repentance


“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!”


So the next time you start to say something without thinking about the potential impact your words may have on other people, I hope you will stop and take a breath and think about the far-reaching impact the prayer that just one minister prayed, had on the world. Then ask yourself if you can live with the possibility that the words you speak just might reach many many others, especially people for whom you never expected to hear your words. Then speak only when you are certain that you will be proud should you hear your words said back to you in a day or a week or a month or a year! I am sure the words Rev. Wright spoke made him proud 16 years ago, the day he first spoke them, and I am equally sure they continue to make him proud today! And even more than that, I bet that they will make you proud, as well!


19) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,   that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Acts 3:19 NIV


19) Now ye may see this, as we have declared, not so much by ancient histories, as ye may, if ye search what hath been wickedly done of late through the pestilent behaviour of them that are unworthily placed in authority. 20) And we must take care for the time to come, that our kingdom may be quiet and peaceable for all men,

Additions to Esther 8:19-20 KJVA


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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