National Day of Prayer 2020

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“We’ll pray for you”…. “We will keep you in our prayers”
Seems a meager token in the presence of such loss.
In the face of Covid-19 do prayers get through?
Seems more a roll of the dice… a lucky toss…
where some will win and some will lose.
The winners say their prayers got through;
Losers leave the faithful wondering why?
The scriptures say, “If you will humble yourself
and pray, I will hear …and heal your land.”
Is the key in the humbling more than the praying?
Pray for peace… become a peaceful citizen
We will pray for you… I will be there for you
So sorry for you loss… what can I do to help
Prayer is not answers, it is a reshaping of our minds

Today, Frank Hubney at d’Verse asked us to write a fourteen line poem of our choice. Since today is the National Day of Prayer, I decided to take a look at prayer and what it means in my understanding. You are welcome to agree or disagree. Come join us at: https//dversepoets.com

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

34 thoughts on “National Day of Prayer 2020

  1. In my metaphysical studies, I found that verbalization of thoughts and wishes breathes life and volition into the thoughts and wishes, so whether a mantra or prayer or declaration, it must be launched to be effective.

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  2. Prayer is not easy. Let me share a quote that I love. Sometimes, words aren’t even necessary.

    “He prayed as he breathed, forming no words and making no specific request, only holding in his heart, like broken birds in cupped hands, all those people who were in stress or grief.”
    Madelyn L’Engle in Two-Part Invention (quoting Ellis Peters’ A Morbid Taste for Bones).

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  3. I believe in the power of prayer. I also believe the answer is not always what we expect. Sending healing and loving thoughts into the ethernet cannot do harm!

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  4. kaykuala

    Prayer is not answers,
    it is a reshaping of our minds

    Very meaningful last line, Dwight! and very true! It may be fulfilled or not but the act of prayers would allay the fears and anxiety!

    Hank

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    • Thank you Hank! I think prayer should be a personal thing that leads to an action if possible. It is nice to say comforting words, but it is better to be there and sit with that person in their time of grief!

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  5. I agree with Glenn and Kerfe about verbalising thoughts, hopes and fears. It doesn’t matter what we believe in, giving voice is liberating – it’s what we poets do all the time. I love the quotation that Debi shared.

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  6. I have never thought of prayer as a magical formula or enchantment to bring certain events into being. Prayer for me is to think more deeply and bring me closer to the subject of my prayer. In one prayer group I attended, back in the day, we would place our names in a bowl at the end of a session and we would each draw a name, to pray for that person till the next meeting. I found at the next meeting I had a greater affinity for the person I had been praying for and greeted that person with a new spontaneity and love. Your poetry is always so insightful Dwight.

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    • Thank you for your wonderful response. You describe what I was trying to say in my poem. It should draw us to others and create a greater compassion as a result!
      Thanks you so much for your kind words!

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  7. How would one know if a prayer is heard if it is not spoken? I think it best to offer up prayers not just for ourselves but, for others. A family member works in a nursing home where covid is causing havic. She herself is at high risk. She began showing symptoms and we prayed for a positive outcome. Her test came back negative. We all wonder, how could that be when 2/3 of the residents and staff had fallen ill? But, in my heart I think the prayers were heard.

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