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Oprah and Me…

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Dear Oprah,

I saw you on The Talk the other day.  You, once again, moved me.  You talked about leaving a legacy, and how Maya taught you that you never know what that legacy is going to be.

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Let me back up.  You would have loved the Picture Day at my school, back in the 80’s, when I stepped up to have my photo snapped.  As I posed, one of my first grade boys called out, “Mrs. Horton, you look just like Oprah!”  I can’t tell you how I loved that spontaneous remark.  I’ve held you in my heart as a Sister ever since.

My connection with you became stronger, and much more spiritual later, when I heard you tell on your show, about how much you wanted a role in The Color Purple.  You told about how you just finally surrendered to God, that if it be His will, you would get the role.  By the way, you mentioned on The Talk the other day, how badly you wanted that role.  God meant for me to hear of your surrender, because not too many years later, I told God, “I’m out of ideas.  God, I’m giving his to You,” and He put into process the events which changed my life, and led me to His door, literally.

For years, I have tucked into my journal, a page called “Ten Things I Know For Sure.”  You know it.  You composed it.  I have read it over so many times, I have it memorized.  One of them is about gratitude.  I am practicing it everyday.

Here are some other connections:  I live in Winston-Salem, NC.  You know that’s Maya’s town.  I subscribed to your magazine.  Okay…those are stretches, but, “Hey!”  I love road trips.  I think Gayle is great, too.  Still stretching.

So, let’s get back to the legacy…Oprah, I am so happy you impressed the women of The Talk that they have a responsibility.  We all have a responsibility.  We all say things.  I can only pray that the Holy Spirit guides me, and has guided me to say something helpful, and not hurtful.  I just pray my legacy has empowered others in a small way, the way you have empowered me. 

And we will never really know, will we?

Love,

Your Sister/Doppleganger

Intercessory Prayers…

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Intercessory prayers are when a person prays for others.  That is what Christianity is all about: love, unity, forgiveness, acceptance, mercy, patience, and kindness towards every single person.  No exceptions.  These are all basic needs for everyone, and there can’t be too many people praying for each other in my opinion.  Oh.  That is Pope Francis’ opinion, too, by the way.

I guess I am unofficially a “Cathoran.”  That would be a Catholic/Lutheran.  They aren’t that different, though some Lutherans may beg to disagree… or maybe some Catholics.  I don’t know.

Anyway, I am Catholic.  My Wisconsin family is Lutheran.  When I am here, I go to both churches.  That may be a little over the top, but I figure I have a lot of lost time to make up for, and I like it.  That’s what matters.

This year, Cooksville Lutheran Church is celebrating its 125th year here in the small village where some of my family’s ancestors settled in the mid 1800’s.  This tiny congregation has about 35 families in membership, and has been a big part of my visits when I am here in southern Wisconsin.

My sister is often Cantor and Assisting Minister, and she and Mom and our niece sing in the choir.  Our cousin is the Music Director, and when I visit, she reels me in to sing, play bells, and most recently, to write the Intercessory Prayers for special services.  Last year, I wrote some prayers, and got goose bumps hearing them sung.  This year, I wrote the Father’s Day prayers, though I was still down in North Carolina.  And today for the Homestead Service, I am reading my prayers and leading the congregation as we send up our deepest concerns for mankind.

I thank the Holy Spirit for guiding me.  It is humbling to be asked to speak through written word and voice, on behalf of others who are no longer with us, those who can’t be present, and those who will fit their feet into our shoes, moving into the future, for our world which is hurting badly, now.

So, when we respond, “Let us find You in everyone,” it is a deep felt appeal.  Intercessory prayer is the way we can make a difference when it seems as if there is nothing we can do.  Let us stand, with one voice, and pray for everyone and everything.  Lord, hear our prayer.

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