I often wonder if those who have not learned of religion, find comfort in prayer. Is it mankind who believes in a force outside of themselves, an ethereal being of the Universe who magically pulls the puppet strings on events or without prior external religious knowledge, do they believe that we ourselves, under our own volition and efforts, make things happen?
What do you believe?
Brought up a Catholic, I believe in prayer as a way of healing, of connecting soul to spirit and of bringing much needed energy, fortitude and possibility into my life. I pray for others. I pray for myself. I pray in gratitude. I find comfort in prayer, be it the Rosary or my own meditative affirmations.
When quietly immersed in prayer, I feel whole, complete and at peace more than at any other time. But, I have also been known to cry out in prayer for help, a strangled beseeching to the ascended Almighty and the Universe Divine in supplication for aid, tears streaming down my cheeks as I beg forgiveness and for peace within my troubled heart.
Do you pray?
I have experienced lives exponentially changed through prayer, though mantras and affirmations, through meditation and through the most important piece – asking for help.
On this Sunday morning, I sit here in my home writing to you. All is quiet except for the occasional chirp and meow of one of the cats. Peace envelopes us here. With sunlight streaming through the windows, stillness surrounds our peaceful abode. My children are nestled asleep, safely in their bedrooms. I am ever grateful that they are with me today. There is a mother’s peace when our children, no matter how old, are sweetly sleeping in their beds. Watching their chests rhythmically rise and fall, their angelic faces void of any tension, I am grateful for how my prayers have been answered.
We raised two amazing children and even though we divorced, I am grateful for the union. Gratitude is always part of my prayer. Family is important and being alone is heartbreaking. The bond I share with my children is like no other and our precious bond has only increased over the years. It is solid. It is full of trust, love, kindness and honesty.
My prayers have been answered. Not necessarily the way I thought they should be, but in a beautiful way that is even better than I imagined. Sometimes we need to let go and let God and the Universe work in tandem to deliver what we could have never thought possible when we were struggling.
I pray that yours and mine (prayers) are answered today.