How do we pray in a world ravaged by COVID-19 (and all its variants still unseen)?
How do we pray in a world showing signs of global warming while so many are denying it?
How do we pray in a world where natural disasters devastate animal, plant and human life?
How do we pray when we see and feel the impact of all these things on our own lives?
How do we pray when justice, peace and respect cannot be found in the human community?
These are the kinds of questions that have caused so many people all over this world to lose faith and to give up completely on the idea or the thought of prayer. So they don't ever acknowledge God or even a Higher Power and they refuse to give thanks or to ask for anything they want or need. This attitude and outlook only lead us to despair, loneliness, and isolation
I believe that one way to break this vicious cycle of downward-spiritual-mobility is to stop our thinking, and just do something up-lifting or inspiring. When we feel too negative to pray, we can break the chain of our thoughts with a song. I mean just sing -- any song. If you cannot sing then whistle a happy tune. It is true: when we sing, we pray twice. This is why I sing .Try it! Once you sing yourself into a better state of mind, then simply give thanks for one thing; then another; and still another, until your heart is filled with gratitude for the things you enjoy. Then ask simply for the opportunity to share something you have with one other person or group you care about. Pray with me now.
Most Gracious Hearer of Prayers,
Before I am swept away by the challenges I face on a daily basis, please give me a song!
Give me a song of gratitude for the way you fill me up, even if my glass is only half full, now.
Give me a song of courage, to lend a helping hand to some whose need is greater than mine.
Give me a song of faith, to remember all that you have done, so I can trust you again today.
Give me a song of love to help me work for justice by the reverence I show for all of life.
Teach me, oh God, to always keep a song in my heart. In all your holy names, Amen.
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
REV. ELDER CAROLYN J. MOBLEY-BOWIE
Member, MCC Council of Elders
Minister of Music for
Breath of Life Spiritual Center MCC
Saginaw, Michigan, USA