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Friday, 21 June 2013

PRAYER FOR SAFETY ON THE WEB


PRAYER FOR SAFETY ON THE WEB
Almighty God,
We thank you for the wonders of the internet and the intellect that gave rise to the system.
We pray that many, many people might long for the web to be a safe environment and keep that in their prayers.
We pray that those whose job it is to identify and remove pernicious sites may be given wisdom, insight, courage and determination to perform their task well and that you will protect them from being adversely affected by the material they find.
We pray for parents seeking to protect their children from malign material: that there will be help at hand to steer them well.
We pray that children who stray into corrosive sites might have the courage to share their anxieties with an adult concerned for their safety and able to guide them.
We pray for investigative journalists who seek to expose these pernicious influences: that you will keep them safe and courageous. Amen

Original Introductory paragraph (June 2013)

In the wake of the announcement earlier this week  of sizeable sums of money being made available to make the world-wide web a safer place, it is easy to feel we cannot contribute much to that very desirable objective. But people of faith CAN pray, knowing this will make a difference. In penning this prayer, I was struck by the many facets to it - and I'm sure it is not comprehensive. But it is certainly a start and something, surely, to take into our regular prayers.
We pray that a tide of public anger over the existence of such vilely motivated sites will deter many of those tempted to access them , encouraging them to reject them and render the sites unviable.
And dear God, we ask that you will keep each of us from giving such sites any time in our use of the web.
Amen 

Other prayers on this blog: Prayer for creativity and Prayer when overwhelmed. Also a Prayer for understanding new knowledge


Other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'