Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Testament Marathon

I'm guessing you are familiar with the National Day of Prayer, right? It's happening on May 7 this year. All over the country, people will be gathering to pray for our country and its leadership. You can learn more at the National Day of Prayer website.
This year something else special is being planned - at least in Lansing, Michigan - around the National Day of Prayer. There is going to be a New Testament reading marathon from 11:00 Wednesday morning, May 6 until 11:00 Thursday morning, May 7. Ninety-six people will read out of the New Testament for fifteen minute segments, around the clock - in the Capitol Building, in a nearby church (overnight, when the Capitol is closed) and on the Capitol lawn, until the prayer event begins.

And yours truly is the coordinator for this reading marathon.

Yesterday when I was talking to the Michigan State Coordinator on the phone, and she called me the "coordinator" for the reading, I thought briefly, What? How did I get myself into this???
Then I remembered. It was that email I received which was soliciting volunteers. And the last line went something like this, "If you love the Word of God, please consider helping with this event."
Well, yeah!
I love the Word of God. I love the idea of having it read for 24 hours before the National Day of Prayer. And the thing about it going from 11:00 to 11:00 kinda got me, too. (If you aren't aware of my thing with 11-11, you can get some backgound here and here.)
So, here I am. Coordinating a New Testament read-athon.
I am going to be loking for team captains to take different shifts during that 24 hours, and each of us will be looking for individuals to fill those 96 fifteen-minute reading slots. This is going to be a big job, but I know my God is big enough to handle it, and I am simply delighted to be a part of it!

BTW, if you live near Lansing, or you're going to be near Lansing, or you've even just heard of Lansing and you'd like to come for a visit(!) let me know. I need readers!!! Really. You can stay at my house!

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Leah said...

HOW COOl!! Wish I lived nearby, but I am a little bit too far to make it a day trip.

God bless you!


KelliGirl said...

This is so awesome! With your passion for the Word, God is going to use you in a big way. I wish I lived closer because I'd love to participate.

Good luck! I'm praying for you!

luvmy4sons said...

How awesome! Lots of power will be going on your way wish I were closer! But here is a big hug!

Stacey said...

How cool! Can't wait to hear how it went! Btw, you seem to be the perfect fit for a coordinator position. You'll do great *wink*

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km said...

I'll be praying for you. God will do amazing things through this.

Chatty Kelly said...

I'd love to come & read, but don't see it happening. But I know you'll do great. FUN!

God's girl said...

Let's see, how far are you from WI???

This is awesome Karen. Look at God expanding your territory! Sah-weet!

Love ya, Heaven

LisaShaw said...

Karen this is awesome! I knew of the National Day of Prayer. I'm so excited for what God will do with this 24 hour reading of His Word! I pray for all the people that are needed to read and for hearts to be changed in Jesus Name. I pray for strength for you--grace and peace in the process as coordinator in Jesus Name and that this will be a part of a life changing process along with the National Day of Prayer.

Our nation needs this! I can't be in Michigan but I will pray from here and read 15 minutes of the Word aloud from here to be one with each of you during those two days. I'm excited about this. Keep us posted.

Love ya.

Bless you sister.

LisaShaw said...

O can I link this to my blog?