In my mind today I’m thinking about a multitude of concepts: loneliness, pettiness, works of mercy, painting, writing, teaching, and prayer. I need to be a good student and narrow down my topic less I just make a mess of this reflection. So, here it goes. Drum roll please back row students. Our learning objective today is going to be prayer. Oh, back row how you try my patience but thankfully I have a few nerve cells left. Prayer is not a chance to catch a few z’s before the big Friday night tomfoolery. Let’s begin.
Prayer is a form of connecting with the unknown in a semiconscious manner. Is it just a Christian thing? That’s correct front row; most major and minor religions pray. They pray to a God and some to gods.
Prayer comes in many forms: formal, informal, solitude, groups, long, and short. Do you pray? Or better yet do you call out for help on some of your most trying days? Yes, back row like when school began.
Now, let’s assume we all pray or mimic prayer in our lives. When do you pray? What time of day? Is it sporadic or routine? Is it usually in times of trouble or great need? Do you awake with a prayer of thanks on your lips? I do. I’m thankful for every waking I’m granted. That means there is work still here for me to do.
Here’s a tough one. Do you feel your prayers are answered? Did your older sibling reach for that sobriety for which you are praying desperately? Did the mother who lost her child find the peace you prayed for? Were you healed physically? You see when bad things happen to good people and their prayers seem unanswered, herein lies a problem. We lose our faith and hope.
Life is messy. Being human is even messier. Of course all of this is spurned from reading about the Israelites in the desert. We, like the Israelites, have painful life situations. The key to staying in the game of life is trust. You have to examine the ways God has been in your life. The blessings given and the hope of those yet to come. Believe me when I say if you are breathing then your story has not ended. The plan has not been fulfilled. Pray.
The back row students are my toughest critics. They blurt out things like, “ALS has wrecked your body, made you retire, and you wear a diaper. Ms. Alley you are crazy to pray and give thanks. I would be the opposite of thankful.” Yes, all you said is true, but I’m thankful for this messy, little life. Listen carefully students. My joy is from within me. It was put there at my conception. This part will be called home when my diaper wearing body ceases to breathe. I don’t know all the plans, but I know I’m never alone in my plight. Neither are you. Today examine your lives. Count your blessings. Continue to plead for peace, healing, or change. It’s not a question of “if;” it’s a question of “when” your prayers will be answered.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Quotes of the Day:
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado
“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord’s side.” – Abraham Lincoln
And last but not least, students this is why Ms. Alley is still rolling and uber busy.
“God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: ‘Use me.'” – Rick Warren
And He is wearing this diaper wearing girl out!