“God, I thank you for the protection of the military, and even though we would like for there to be peace, You said that there would be wars … ” – Stephanie Oden [#GodIThankYou]
A few months ago, Julie Hertzog and Rhonda Hill had never met, but driven by the same goal of unity, the two came together with others to create a way for the community to pray for not just Kokomo, but the world.
The creation they came up with was the Mothers’ Prayer on the Square, which took place on the Howard County Courthouse grounds in downtown Kokomo June 28, 2020.
Julie Hertzog was united with Rhonda Hill after she felt God place the idea for prayer event on her heart following the death of George Floyd and the unrest in the country.
Little did she know Rhonda Hill had the same aspiration and the two were connected after Julie Hertzog shared her inspiration with friends who found their way to Rhonda Hill.
Julie Hertzog spoke about how her illusions of true equality were shattered following everything that has occurred in 2020, and the grieving she had done – on racial injustice, the lives lost and the legacy of oppression.
“For me, the murder of George Floyd was a wakeup call to people all over this nation. But it was something about him crying out for his mother that moved not only myself, but women and mothers all over the world. So today we stand in solidarity as mothers, role models, mother figures, grandmothers and women who have accepted the call for change.”
– Rhonda Hill in front of the many gathered on the lawn and in their cars
The gathering featured music, speaking and many prayers.
Various women led prayers over subjects such as law enforcement, the active military, the nation’s children and the nation itself.
DeAndra Beard, who owns Bind Café and Beyond Barcodes bookstore, stood across the street from her establishment, leading a prayer of thanks on the courthouse lawns, asking for forgiveness from worrying about things like the stock market and the supply chain.
“As we move forward – as we go through these troublesome times, oh God, remind us of your love for us, remind us that you love us so much. Even when it seems we have nothing, God, you have it all. The Earth is the Lord’s.”
– DeAndra Beard
Leading a prayer for those protecting the nation was Stephanie Oden, who reminded those in attendance the troops’ assignment is one of life or death and not just “an afternoon athletic event they can walk away from or forget.”
Stephanie Oden prayed for the protection of those serving and their families back home who are dealing with stressed marriages, loneliness, and those suffering from the trauma of what they saw and experienced while serving.
“God, I thank you for the protection of the military, and even though we would like for there to be peace, You said that there would be wars … but we’re praying, Lord, for unity in their unit, their battalion, in their company and that though there be division here, that there will be unity among them.”
– Stephanie Oden
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