(Accidentally) Praying with a Small Church Gathering in Washington, DC

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Today, a church was praying at the Jefferson Pier in Washington, DC.

A week ago, the same group was praying down on the sidewalk while when my friend Kathi and I prayed at the Pier.

I say “down” because there’s a retaining wall at the Pier, so that sidewalk is down lower than the Pier, and we have to climb up the wall to get to the Pier.

When the church was done praying and singing, Kathi and I stopped our praying to tell them about the Pier and to invite them to surround the Pier for one more prayer before they left. They accepted, and we prayed together for the unity of these United States.

It was beautiful!

Praying from the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier is a 2-foot high marker near the Washington Monument. It marks the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC. When we pray there, we feel like we’re praying over all of the U.S.

[Read more about Jefferson Pier in my previous blog post, “Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.“]

In the center of the Pier, you can see small indentations pointing north, south, east, and west. The north points directly at the White House. The east points directly at the Capitol. That’s no accident. L’Enfant purposely put the White House and the Capitol at a right angle from each other when he designed the city.

Praying for Unity

Today, the church climbed the retaining wall shortly before I did. “You’re back!” I said.

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Praying Confessions

Those of us praying in concert with the 40 Days for Life campaign using Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide will be praying tomorrow for our country like Daniel prayed for the Judeans while they were still in captivity.

Cheryl at Jefferson Pier with her prayer guide;; the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier is a small marker near the Washington Monument, marking the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC.

Tuesday, we’ll ask God’s forgiveness for the U.S.’s abortion history.

That’s what I felt compelled to pray today over these United States—prayers of confession on behalf of all the people.

The first prayer is adapted from Daniel’s prayer in chapter 9:4-19. The second prayer is of repentance over our abortion history. Here’s an excerpt from the Daniel prayer:

Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of our country and Christians both near and far in all the countries where you have scattered us. We, our political leaders, and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against You through extramarital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Praying for Worship Warriors

I also prayed for the spiritual freedom, spiritual protection, and spiritual revelation of God-given identities for all the people in our private prayer group and all who read Worship to End Abortion.

I invite you to join us!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Praying for Our Country’s Healing

We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people. Our leaders—elected by us—reflect us. Let that sink in.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

While in Washington, DC this morning. my friend Kathi and I prayed for you, the people of the United States, to be healed—not from COVID-19 but from bitterness and unforgiveness.

Why? Because our country is full of anger and bitterness. For our country’s circumstances to change, we need to forgive and be set free.

John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Right now, what you can do for your country is worship God and then pray for this country’s people.

Yes, pray for our leaders as the Bible says (see 1 Timothy 2 and other verses). We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people.* When we pray for the people, we pray for our leaders. Our leaders—elected by us—reflect us.

Let that sink in.

Abraham Lincoln, when faced with the Southern states seceding, put keeping our country in union above all else because he did not want our country to perish. Looking at our roles in World Wars 1 and 2, we can see how we benefitted by being in union.

When Pres. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he reflected what Jesus said in Mark 3:25.

If we are to not perish,* then we need to not be divided. To not be divided we, the people, need to not be full of anger or bitterness for each other. Therefore, pray for the people to let go of anger and bitterness.

Pray that we, the people, forgive others to let go of our anger.

Pray that we, the people, forgive others to let go of all bitterness.

Pray that we, the people, do not let any new root of bitterness take hold (see Hebrews 12:14-15).

Freedom. When we release our anger and bitterness, we are freed!

Start by freeing yourself. Forgive whomever angers you right now. Name your bitterness, identify whom you hold responsible for “the reason” behind your bitterness, and forgive him or her. Then ask God to bless those you forgave.

Once you are freed from bitterness and anger, then pray that others do the same for we cannot effectively pray for others to receive what we do not ourselves possess (James 5:16). Start with your own family. Then your church family. Then your communities—workplaces, neighborhoods, and friends.

May this nation, under God, have a new birth of freedom* in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

Worship to End Abortion book cover

This week, in Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, we are reading “Forgive and Be Set Free” and then forgiving others through prayer. Get your copy of the prayer guide and join us in spirit. (For those of you on Facebook, join us in the Worship to End Abortion private group.)

In Christ,

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President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address, said, “It is for us, the living… to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us… That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Faye’s Perspective on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Faye, for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Tonight! Interviewing After the Abortion Photographer Angela Forker

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

If you’re on Facebook, join the Worship to End Abortion private group right now—and don’t forget to answer the membership questions!

Because tonight I’m interviewing Angela Forker! (and we have amazing ASL translator Pam joining us!)

me with Angela Forker, photographer extraordinaire
Photo by Angela Forker
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  • 5 pm in Alaska!

In Christ,

Serena’s Perspective on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

It’s thankful Thursday! Thank you to Serena Dyksen for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Early Sunday mornings, you’ll find me driving through the Appalachians, praising and praying. It’s easy to praise God amidst such beauty!

Westward view of an Appalachian valley

Driving through the Appalachians means that I’m driving west. A week ago in my rearview mirror, I saw the beautiful oranges and yellows of the sunrise. I thought, “Hmm. Maybe I should have driven east this morning.”

An hour later, I got a text from my friend saying that she was praying in Washington, DC. “I just felt like I was supposed to pray here.”

That was my confirmation that I should have driven east, not west.

Praying in Washington, D.C.

The next day, Labor Day, my friend and others from our prayer group met in Washington, DC early in the morning to pray. We felt soooooo good after we prayed.

That’s right. We felt good about praying in Washington, DC despite the pandemic, despite the riots, and despite the elections.

Praying with the 40 Days for Life Campaign

Later in the week, I went to sign up for the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at the nearby abortion facilities. The next prayer vigil is Sept 23-Nov 1. They’re already expecting a record turnout.

But my schedule and the available times slots do not match up. I thought, Well, I could go early on Sunday mornings—all three facilities are about as long of a drive as to DC. But I felt God encouraging me to pray in DC instead.

So, I intend to visit DC early on Sunday mornings throughout the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, praying for the women, men, and pre-born babies at abortion facilities across the country and around the world.

Praying at the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier with the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier sits just west of the Washington Monument. The White House to the north and the Capitol to the east sit at 90 degrees of each other with the endpoint of the right angle in the center of Jefferson Pier.

This morning, another friend from my prayer group met me in DC. We prayed at this little marker near the Washington Monument.

The marker is named Jefferson Pier after Thomas Jefferson, who wanted that spot to be the Prime Meridian. Clearly it did not become the Prime Meridian, but it does mark the center of the original diamond-shaped capital city of the U.S.

Today, Washington, DC is not diamond shaped. The diamond is cut along the Potomac River, cut by division on the issue of slavery.

Neither Washington, DC nor Virginia were free from slavery in the early 1800s, but Washington was soon to become free.

In what is now Alexandria, VA but then in the diamond-shaped DC was an auction block where our ancestors sold people who were stolen from their homes and transported against their will across the vast ocean to a land with a strange language and strange customs.

In the capital of the world’s first democracy, we proclaimed freedom and yet enslaved others.

Although our Declaration of Independence declared us free from Britain, it did not declare enslaved peoples free from colonists. And yet it did inspire Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution!

The Declaration of Independence inspired Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution.

Slowly, all the northern states ended slavery. Perhaps they, too, were inspired by the Declaration of Independence, which truly was revolutionary not just because it started the Revolutionary War but because there were no other people-led countries at that time. The United States inspired other countries to create their own democracies.

Those on the Virginia side of the Potomac saw that Washington would soon end slavery as well. They, however, did not want to lose their lucrative businesses that benefited from the slave trade, so for this and other reasons they requested retrocession—that the portion of DC west of the Potomac River be returned to Virginia. Money, not righteousness, won that day.

Now Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond. Isn’t that telling?

Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond.

Liberty

And so I will pray in Washington, DC in concert with the 40 Days for Life prayer warriors for the liberty of pre-born babies of every hue and their mothers and fathers. May they no longer be oppressed by death or by lies.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their chains in pieces.

Psalm 107:14 NKJV

Union

I will pray for union of families and for wholeness. May women and men no longer suffer from brokenness that leads to abortion.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3 NKJV

Justice

I will pray for justice for the mosaic of all the beautiful colors of our people. May justice and righteousness reign.

Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Amos 5:24 NASB

Undivided / Wholeness

The Washington, DC diamond by Dick Rabil, Slice-Works.com

I will pray for the wholeness of our country. May we no longer be divided but instead stand firm in union fighting for freedom.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 NASB

Let Us Pray Together

Join me. Sign up to pray at an abortion facility near you as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. If you can’t go, then pray where you can be—in your own home.

Stay tuned for more details!

Let my next book be your guide to praying for the end of abortion, for true freedom, which is in Christ.

Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide releases this Friday!

Join me here (click follow), on Facebook, or on XAPiT as we read, pray, and worship together Sept 23-Nov 1 in concert with and in support of 40 Days for Life.

In Christ,

Cheryl

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I Lost to Pope Francis!

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Before the pandemic, I entered my memoir, ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, in a contest. I had forgotten in part because the pandemic has changed so many plans for this year.

ReTested book cover: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation by Cheryl Krichbaum, book 1 in the Faces of Abortion Series
Endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola

Last night, I received an email that says ReTested is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2020 International Book Awards!

I’m so excited!

Then I checked to see who won that category—Pope Francis! What an honor to lose to the Pope!

Congratulations, Pope Francis for your book, On Faith, which is the winner of the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2020 International Book Awards!

Stay tuned for my next book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, which will release in September in time for us to pray alongside the 40 Days for Life fall campaign (Sept 23-Nov 1). The guide is apolitical and not associated with any denomination.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray for Your Country Like Daniel Prayed for the Israelites

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

During this pandemic, I am writing. Before I write book 2 in the Faces of Abortion Series, I feel compelled to turn the Worship to End Abortion prayer booklet into a book, providing the teachings that explain why we should pray in this way.

Day 17 in the 40 daily prayers is “Pray for Your Country,” in whichever country you live. I’m including my draft of that chapter below because it feels so appropriate that we pray like Daniel right now during the pandemic.

Taken

Screams and yelling were heard as foreign soldiers drove advisors, legislators, and royalty of every age to the leader of the raid, King Nebuchadnezzar. He commanded and the soldiers obeyed. The captives were herded north and then followed the Euphrates river down to Babylon. It was a long walk, perhaps two months’ time.

The Babylonian roads were littered with people. The palace was a marvel to see. A beautiful garden seemed to hang on the tier. Oh, but to rest in that splendor!

The captives were given water while the king barked orders. His words were unfamiliar, but it was clear that he ordered Ashpenaz to choose from among the men—royalty, good-looking young men who showed knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Among those chosen were Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel.

Before the raid, the young men had their whole lives ahead of them. They had studied the scriptures, their history, and how to govern. They were destined to advise the King of Judah and administrate under his leadership. Until the raid, that was King Jehoiakim.

The chosen young men quickly learned the language and literature of their captors. King Nebuchadnezzar sent food and wine from his own table and commanded that after three years, they would serve him.

Eating the king’s food and adding to their scholarly endeavors was better than the exile for most of their fellow Judeans, but they missed their families, the holy city of Jerusalem, and the beauty of Solomon’s temple.

And they were given new names, names that honored the foreign god Bel (Baal). No longer Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah but instead Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednigo. Daniel was renamed Belteshazzar—from “God is my judge” to “Bel’s treasurer.” (Daniel 1:1-7)

The Daniel Diet

Daniel knew that the king’s food was unclean according to the Law of Moses, and he did not want to dishonor God. Daniel approached Ashpenaz, asking permission to eat food that allowed him to keep his promise to God.

“Daniel, you are my favorite, but do not ask this of me. I cannot lose favor with the king. He assigned your food. Why should he see you weaker than others your age. It is my life that I may lose.”

“Please test my friends and me for ten days. Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare us with the young men who eat the king’s food. See how we look. After that, treat us according to what you see.”

The chief official agreed. After 10 days, he was surprised. Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel looked healthier than the men who ate the royal food. So from that time on, they ate vegetables and water to honor God.

God gave the four young men knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and wisdom. To Daniel, He also gave understanding of visions and dreams.

At the end of the three years, Ashpenaz presented all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar, but he was most impressed by Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel, so he chose them to serve him.

In every matter, the king found the four men to have understanding and wisdom ten times greater than all the Babylonian magicians and astrologers. (Daniel 1:8-20)

Daniel served the king while remaining righteous in the sight of the Lord. He interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams and served him well.

After the king died, King Belshazzar ruled for a short time before the Persians conquered the Babylonians.

Daniel’s Righteousness

By this time, Daniel was over 80 years old. King Darius, the Persian, ruled and quickly observed the wisdom of Daniel, making him one of the three top administrators. Because of his extraordinary spirit, Daniel became even more distinguished, so King Darius planned to put him above all, only second to the king himself.

The administrators and those who reported to them were jealous and began looking for evidence that Daniel was corrupt but to no avail. They said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”

They devised a new plan and approached King Darius, saying:

“King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” (Daniel 6:6-8 NASB)

Their appeal to the king’s pride succeeded, and King Darius signed the injunction.

Daniel, knowing the document was signed, entered the roof chamber of his house and knelt before the west windows, which were open toward Jerusalem, three times a day, praying and giving thanks before God just as he had done before. He was easily caught. (Daniel 6:1-11)

The administrators and those who reported to them approached the king again.

“Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?”

The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.”

Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Then the king gave orders, and (80+ year old) Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”

A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.

Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.

Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”

Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language who were living in all the land:

“May your peace abound! I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel.

“For He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

So this Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (Daniel 6:12-28 NASB)

Daniel was over 80 years old when he was put in the lions’ den, yet the Lord sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths because Daniel was found innocent in God’s eyes. 80 years to sin and confess, sin and confess, and he had nothing left to confess, no one left to forgive—he was innocent.

Identifying with the People

Yet around the same time, Daniel fasted in sackcloth and ashes praying, “We have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, rebelled, turned aside from Your ordinances, and have not listened to Your prophets” (Daniel 9:5-6) and “Open shame belongs to us” (Daniel 9:8).

Daniel was clearly a righteous man, so innocent that not one scratch from a lion was found on him (Daniel 6:23), yet he did not pray saying “the people have sinned” nor “open shame belong to them.”

Instead, he identified himself with his people as he confessed their sins and petitioned the Lord to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, not for any merits of his or the people’s but because of God’s great compassion (Daniel 9:18).

Let us be like Daniel: innocent yet identifying with our country full of people who have sinned.

Suggested Prayer

The following prayer is from Daniel 9:4-19 but adapted to today’s abortion pandemic.

Lord, You are my great and awesome God. You keep Your covenant of love with those who love You and choose Your ways.

Lord, we have sinned and done wrong.
We have been wicked and have rebelled;
we have turned away from Your ways.
We have not listened to You or those who speak in Your name.

Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of our country and Christians both near and far in all the countries where you have scattered us. We, our political leaders, and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you through extra-marital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Lord our God, You are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against You. We have not obeyed You or kept Your ways of purity before, during, and after marriage between one man and one woman “until death do us part.” We have turned away, refusing to choose You.

Therefore, the consequences have poured out on us because we have sinned against You. Consequences have come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. You are righteous in everything You do, yet we have not obeyed You.

Lord our God, who broke us free with a mighty hand and who made for Yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned. We have done wrong.

Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from us. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Christians an object of scorn to all those around us.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servants. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate people. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of our country. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

Lord, listen!
Lord, forgive!
Lord, hear and act!
For Your sake, my God, do not delay, because your people bear Your Name.

In Christ,

Cheryl

47 Years of Legally Murdering Our Firstborn

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Today, January 22, 2020, is the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.

This is how I feel…

We must pray and worship for the end of abortion. We win this spiritual battle through Christ!

Join me in prayer.

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers

Available exclusively on Amazon

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray for Post-Abortive Women & Men

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. I praise the pastors who are brave enough to address abortion from the pulpit, and I’m looking forward to hearing all the recordings of what they say!

Will Everyone Show Up?

But most post-abortive women won’t be there.

Women who have not yet healed from their abortions may avoid church on Sunday.

Many post-abortive women won’t go to church at all because they don’t think they are worthy of God’s love.

Many post-abortive women in and out of The Church think abortion is the unforgivable sin.

We need to pray for these women!

Post-Abortive Men, Too

…and for the men who pressured, supported, or coerced women to have abortions.

Often, men don’t realize that their souls are suffering because of their role in abortion, so let’s pray that sermons preached this Sunday open their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Let’s Pray & Worship for the End of Abortion

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers
This 30-page booklet will guide you through prayer and worship to end abortion. An Amazon exclusive.

Let’s pray that post-abortive women everywhere trust the agape love of the Lord to forgive them of all of their sins so that they can live close to the Lord in complete righteousness for the rest of their days here on earth (e.g., no more abortions or extramarital sex) as well as for eternity.

Friends, there are not enough people from this generation going to heaven!

We need to do our part in praying and worshiping for:

  • the end of abortion
  • complete healing for all post-abortive women and men (even the angry ones)
  • our churches to be welcoming to the millions of women and men who have been hurt by abortion

That’s what the Great Commission looks like!

Note to Post-Abortive Women & Men

If you have had an abortion, be kind to yourself as you follow God’s leading to complete healing.

Healing is a process. Participating in a post-abortion healing class is part of the process.

Contact your local pregnancy resource center to get enrolled. This time of year, they get a lot of calls, so they are likely starting a new class soon. Don’t hesitate. You’re worth it!

If you’d like to know my healing story, read ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation.

In Christ,

Cheryl