I'm often on my computer. My lifeline to the world, both for work and personal contacts, is Facebook. And often people reach out to one another on Facebook….someone is ill, please pray; someone is having a baby, please pray; someone has just lost a beloved family member, please pray; someone just lost a job, please pray; someone just got a new job and is moving across the country, please pray; someone is going back to school, please pray; someone is feeling overwhelmed, please pray; someone is struggling with an unnamed something, please pray; someone is getting on a plane, but terrified of flying, please pray; someone just got bad news, please pray; someone is going in for a surgery, please pray; someone is at a fork in the road and has questions, please pray…… the list goes on and on.
Some news is heartbreaking, some news is heartwarming, but all of it warrants prayer; prayers for peace; prayers of joy and thanksgiving; prayers for comfort; prayers for support; prayers for clarity; prayers for faith, prayers for guidance.
I often find myself reaching out to a name or photo on my screen and whispering a prayer for that person, whatever the request, whatever the circumstance. I do this multiple times a day; there are so many lives flitting in and out of my Facebook stream each and every day. Often I don't even know the people I'm praying for; this matters not to me. A person is in need of prayer; so, I pray.
Facebook has become my prayer list, continually running, updating, adding. My prayer list never ends.
I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. I am sure that prayer has gotten me through my almost 40 years, and you can't convince me otherwise.
My kids and I say prayers for unseen sick or hurt people when we encounter ambulances or fire trucks racing by with lights and sirens; we pray for those responding to these sick or hurt people too. We drop everything and say a prayer for family, friends and strangers when we hear of loss or tragedy or challenge. We pray without style or decorum. We pray without scripts. We simply talk out loud; asking for help, giving thanks, reaching out in faith.
I have complete faith in my God and power of prayer. I question everything all the time, but I do not question my faith. I never have.
We may or may not see eye to eye on this subject, and that's OK. You can call my naïve or simple or fooled, but I am sure of my faith. And you probably don't want to try to rock my steadfast faith because you might need me to pray for you sometime.
So, if you need a prayer for you or yours, I'll be here. Over and out…