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June 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Pink Slips from the Mall

It was last Saturday afternoon. Our prayer coordinator Annett Scott texted me and asked if she could drop something off at the church. I said, “Sure!” She walked in my office carrying a bountiful hand full of “pink slips.” They were folded and crumpled every which way you could imagine. She let them fall out of her hands onto my desk. I asked, “What are these?” She said, “Prayer requests from our prayer table at the Cranberry Mall.” I was overwhelmed, and Annette said, “The container was STUFFED. Could not have gotten one more slip of paper in there if you tried.” I thanked her for sharing them with me, and then took them to the altar table in our sanctuary. The next day we took time at all three services to lay hands on the papers and pray for the requests.

It is now Friday morning as I write these words. I have read every one of those pink slips – all 57 of them. Many of them asked us to pray for people and their needs: healing of illnesses, reconciliation of broken relationships, the need for employment, struggle with finances, and several simply thanking God for the blessings of life. All of those shared from sincere hearts seeking God’s touch upon the lives and situations put on the pink slips. Of the group of requests, several struck me a little deeper – check these out:

  1. “I want a cheeseburger.”
  2. From “Taylor:” “Some days it feels like my whole life is falling apart. I need better luck and strength.”
  3. “Pray for T____, that she removes herself of her abusive husband.”
  4. “My daughter to come back home.”
  5. “Dear Lord, I don’t really know how to pray but I pray that my grandma’s heart surgery goes well on Tuesday. Please keep a close eye on her.”
  6. “May the Lord bless and keep you. May the Lord turn his head to you. May the Lord shine his face upon you. God, heavenly Father, I ask for favor and the fire of God and the love of this church. I stand in the gap for this church and will continue prayer for them for spreading the love of Christ, your precious son.”
  7. Two different requests from a person regarding her dad: “Pray that my father is saved.”
  8. Christ’s divine will and guidance for the path of my life no matter how easy or difficult.”

All of these from people who were simply out at the mall and saw the table we have set up there. All of them reveal things going on in a life that otherwise looks like a person shopping at the mall. We assume so much when we look at people. We judge them based on what they’re wearing or the markings they have on their bodies or the kind of language they are using – and we do this in both negative and positive ways. We think because a person looks a certain way, or wears a certain type of clothing or speaks with certain types of words and phrases that they are either “not nice” or a person to be emulated. But these pink slips remind me that behind every face, behind every style of dress or language used is pain and heartache and anxiousness about SOMETHING… Pain and heartache and anxiousness in life are the great “equalizer.” Those things don’t discriminate between “not nice” and “people to be emulated.” They arrive in all of our lives somewhere, sometime...making us the same even in the midst of differences.

Hence the critical need - and the joyful invitation from God - to pray for one another. If you’re out at the mall and see our table (near the entrance to the old JC Penney store) and pain, heartache or anxiousness about something has paid you a visit, stop and invite Christ Church to pray for you. Christ Church folks – if you’re at the mall and you see pink slips in the prayer container, stop for a moment and lift the needs there to our heavenly Father, who is always attentive to the cries of his children. And as always…

Keep Lookin’ Up!
Pastor D.



08-23-2016 at 7:28 AM
I am thinking, maybe anytime we are shopping, if we see a person placing a pink slip in the box, offer to pray WITH them, right then and there.
07-17-2016 at 2:36 PM
Annett has been Godsent for such a time as this!
06-24-2016 at 5:32 PM
Great outreach mission. Wonder what a jug that says Answered Prayers would look like?
06-24-2016 at 12:02 PM
Lois Carr
I think this is a awesome way to reach out to a hurting, troubled community.
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