Public Prayer Room Latitude: 37.28 Longitude
The Bible says in Matthew 6: 5-6“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret."
A neighbor just down the street decided to go public. A couple of weeks ago there appeared on this front lawn a portable shade structure fitted with a lecturn, chairs, benches, a few signs on and computer printed signs designating this as a prayer area while a few feet away they erected a 6 foot tall white cross festooned with a few strings of white Christmas lights. One time I passed by there were several people sitting, but most of the time it is empty. Usually this area might have an ongoing garage sale and a driveway full of used items, but this is clearly a departure.
I was riding by today and a middle-aged woman was arranging the furniture. I asked her to tell me about the installation. She said she was from Iran and had converted frm Islam to Christianity (the signs were in Arabic, Farsi, and English) but that she was not pushing any one religion, just her connection to God. I asked her if there were many Sufis in Iran because they focus on a mystical relationship with God, and she said her sister was a Sufi. We chatted for a while and I thanked her for sharing what she thought. The cross is back up. I'll post another picture soon.