In my morning time I often go to prayer sites on the web and read the prayers that others have posted there. And, usually one stands out to me that I will think about throughout the day and say a prayer for that person, also.
One of these sites is Sacred Space, an Irish Jesuit prayer site that I visit on a regular bases. The daily prayers are beautiful and the chapel of intentions list heartfelt prayers from around the world. It immediately takes my eyes off of my issues when I realize how many people have so many needs and concerns.
What strikes me this morning as I'm reading is the fact that most of the time the prayers are for someone else. Not the person jotting down what's on their mind. Not for beauty or fame. Rarely, for love. Most of the time those prayers requested for the individual are for strength and courage in the face of adversity. For wisdom in their daily life and decisions. For employment to care for their families.
The majority however fall into the category of praying for others. These simple short prayers of, please. Of, thank you. A woman undergoing chemo for her first day gives thanks for it going well and asks for God to bless her family and friends caring for her. Another for a baby, 'little K' who has been diagnosed with leukemia. For the doctors caring for her and for her parents. And so very, many more. For an elderly father. For a grieving mother.
In the middle of all these requests, I paused this morning and thought about how good we are, we humans. How much we love, how much we care. How humble our prayers can be and how passionate for those around us. We may be broken, but we are so beautiful.
For those who think the human race is rushing toward a cold, soulless oblivion - I would encourage them to think again. In so many ways, we've only just begun.
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