As always, at this time of year, I am reminded to count my blessings, as so many in this world have nothing to count. It is hard to imagine, from my vantage point what having nothing would be like. I only know that I do not really want to find out.
This brings me to discuss using the power of prayer to give oneself over to a greater power than your mortal self. As religion and prayer are very personal choices, I will use the term “higher power”, which can be interpreted as God, Buddha, Mohamed, the Great Spirit, and other words that signify “God”for each reader.
I came across a very good article from the book Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life, by Kate Braestrup. Braestrup says that “prayer is deliberate, intensive thought, offered silently or spoken aloud. It’s a tool that allows us to be more conscious, like meditation. . . .Prayer is likely to be our default mode for managing the fear and pain that sometimes come with human experience and for engaging the sacred dimensions of that experience.”
I like the author Marianne Williamson, who has written several books for women, including A Return to Loving , and a Women’s Guide to Worth. From Real Simple magazine, May 2010, Williamson has an article called: 10 Ways to Stay Spiritually Connected. The 10 steps included: Recognizing your Creator, Set time aside each day to spend in spiritual reflection and contemplation, and Bless the world–all very important activities that we need to find time to practice.
It seems to be very difficult for me to stay focused and in the now. I tend to rush ahead getting things done, or problem solving. It is hard to get me to stay still (right Mom!). However, when I do center myself it is a wonderful feeling.
With the Christmas/Holiday season approaching, I find myself running out to get presents, and then more presents. I don’t usually stop until I get whatever I have “scheduled” for myself done. The good news is I am almost done! Then I will have time to enjoy celebrations with loved ones. The thing that I look forward to the most.
Have a joyous time this season! Share your love, and spread joy!
Here is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.–” Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
3 thoughts on “The Power of Prayer”
Joan Ellen, I like your approach. My own faith is personal. I don't try to articulate it for others, but I am trying to understand for myself, and like you, I am ever searching, climbing \”the staircase.\”
Hi Joan,your blog is beautiful. I like this post. I have always been, like you, someone running to get done everything on my list. As I get older I am realizing that I need to slow down and try to stay in the moment. I never knew what that meant, but I have learned and I am working hard to stay focused. Perhaps that is why I can face this holiday season in a better frame of mind. Thanks for sharing.
Joan Ellen,Your blog is beautiful and I like this posting about prayer very much.I hope you have a very Happy New Year.