Volunteering to Be Raider Nation Chaplain For a Day

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Volunteering to Be Raider Nation Chaplain For a Day
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It was a few minutes before the game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants.

I Googled the NFL chaplains. I admit that I was hurrying.

It occurred to me that we need a chaplain to do an intercession on behalf of our Oakland Raiders team.

Since I could not find any information on Adam Ybarra this morning, I am going to volunteer to be the chaplain. I have adapted and re-written this poem. It was orginally published in 1988, while I studied at Texas A & M University in College Station.

It is called, "Intercession."


The struggle has lasted six years.

So many hurts, pains and tears.

Dear Lord, please guide us in Thy will,

to reach our goals, without our fears.


The prayers of the Raider Nation, we lift up,

to Him who shelters and build our trust,

Jesus, in Your Name, we pray,

teach us how to live, Thy Way.


When we look back, we tend to cry

When we look up, our hope is nigh.

Dear Lord, You are the One we trust,

to strengthen us and build our thrust,

toward all that we desire to gain,

to edify Your Holy Name.


You shed your precious blood for us,

Diviine things now, we can forsee.

Thy intercession is supreme,

for all mankind can be redeemed,

if only we accept Thy Word,

and live each day to just be heard,

as Intercessors in God's Word.


So on this day, we offer prayer,

and ask that you keep our team,

in Your care, and if it is in Your divine will,

We pray for restoration and that you heal

Our scoring record, as we kneel.


We ask for improvement, today, if it is Your Will.


You are invited to write your request and to send your message in your own way, and with the content and style of your choice.

Thank you.

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