Reporters, camera people, editors, publishers—
sometimes I may forget it, but all these people are precious humans like me, and I need to remember them in prayer.
As I have pondered what my Lenten journey will look like this year, I have continued to come back to the question of how I treat others. Am I kind? Do I listen well? Do I treat others with respect? Do I walk in the Golden Rule, to treat others the way I desire to be treated?
All too often, the answer is no. This is true especially when I read or hear things on Facebook or on any news outlet. I let my personal point of view frame my reception of any piece of news. And sometimes, that gets ugly…the sinful-human-who-is-unkind-and-nasty-toward-other-humans kind of ugly.
Let me explain: permitting my worldview to form how I intercept pieces of news and the bearers of such can be a good thing. That is, if can be a good thing if my worldview is saturated with love.
This is my goal: A worldview saturated with love for my fellow human.
And part of the way I am partnering with God to change the way I encounter people is to pray for them. Therefore, I am embarking on a 40-day journey to pray for the people who gather, fashion, and deliver the news I encounter. (For those of you unfamiliar with the Christian liturgical season of Lent, you can read more about it here. It is 40 days—6 weeks plus a few days, starting on Ash Wednesday and going until Holy Thursday, right before Good Friday.)
Reporters, photographers, camera people, copy editors, editors, producers, publishers, and many more–all these are people, too, and I need to pray for them.
I want to pray for them as I would want someone to pray for me if I were disseminating vital knowledge to the people of my community—
prayers for wisdom, honesty, and integrity,
prayers for charity, justice, and hope.
To do so, I have come up with a prayer schedule to pray for the people involved in different news outlets that I encounter, starting with local tv, moving to national platforms, and then to internet sources and print media. You can view the schedule by clicking here: Lenten Media Prayer Journey. Feel free to print it off and use it for prayer if you desire. Also, if someone you want to pray for is not listed, please add them to your own list!
I have also come up with a crafted pray to pray each day, as I think about the specific news outlets and their staffs.
God, I come to you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today I pray for (specific person/news outlet). May (this person/these people/this station and its staff) seek the truth with justice and charity, and may they report the truth to us with honesty and integrity. May their voices rouse us to hope in the power of Your love and to greater prayer for peace and charity in our world, specifically that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on our earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
A crafted prayer simply helps me focus and pray like I want to pray. It’s a pre-meditated form of meditation. Sometimes I will find myself praying much more specifically, and that is good. But the crafted prayer helps me to know that I have been specific and I have been intentional.
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Because the news matters—it informs us and it can shape us—, the people who bring us the news matter.
Because the people who bring us the news matter, I have the privilege to pray for them.
Will you join me?
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