Posted by: Terry | December 21, 2016

Flapping our wings to change the world

butterflies_ufmuseumEven a casual glance at the daily news can kindle a sense of frustration, even despair. Feelings of futility easily follow: “What can one person do?” “My vote does not count.” Confronted with the pervasive injustice, inequality, and evil in the world, giving up and/or anger are logical. Where is God? What is he going to do? Why does he allow these things?

Somehow I want something big to happen, lightning to strike, the right political party to come to the rescue, new laws passed old laws changed. But it never happens, and the older I get the more I am convinced it never will. Could it be that we have it all wrong? What we need is Lorenzo’s Butterfly. Lorenzo was a meteorologist, he discovered that even miniscule differences in data that was entered in a weather model made major changes in the predicted outcome. A slight difference in wind or pressure, as slight as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings, would change the course of a hurricane.

As I was praying this morning from The Book of Common Prayer, I asked, “Does it matter? Will anything change?”

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Then it hit me, God is like Lorenzo’s Butterfly. If I start praying and living this prayer every day, then I am changed. Then if I can just get one or two other people to pray the same prayer and strive to live it, and they influence one or two more people, then before long the world has changed – my prayer did make a difference.

It seems that God works one person at a time, I want God to change the world, God wants to change the world as well, but his instrument is me, and if you will join me in praying this prayer daily, and passing it on, we will make a change in the world. Enough of these small changes and the world would be a different place.

For those not familiar with The Book of Common Prayer, the title means that it is the prayers that are being prayed in common among believers. When we pray this prayer for harmony and justice we join with millions of others praying the same prayer, we are all agreeing, and the more we are in unity the more our world is affected.

So, I am asking you today, don’t just “like” this post, but commit to pray this prayer daily, live it as you can, and get one other person to pray with us. Our piece of the world will change, and individually we will be changed.




  1. Amen I’ll pray as the Lord reminds me, a daily promise leaves me feeling guilty when I miss. see you soon.

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