World Day of Prayer is being held on Friday, March 5. It’s a worldwide, ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. This year’s theme is “Build on a Strong Foundation.”
The symbol for World Day of Prayer was developed by the women of Ireland. Its design is made up of arrows converging from the four points of the compass, persons kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross, and the circle, representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.
According to Chaplain Etta Owens, the residents of Florida Presbyterian Homes have chosen to join with the women of Vanuatu in worship and prayer, centered on the scripture in Matthew 7:24-27.
The Wise and Foolish Builders (NIV)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
The land of Vanuatu is in a tropical archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, prone to earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions and rising sea levels. This scripture tells a story about the kingdom of heaven using the image of a house and the land on which the house is built. Choosing the land on which to build is an important decision for the people in Vanuatu. Women around the world will unite this day in prayer and symbolic solidarity for Vanuatu.