So, tonight I'm thinking of that line from so many fictional dramas, where the presiding Judge declares, "The jury will disregard ....". That always cracks me up! Can anyone really UN-hear something? And would we want to?
A while back, I was half-listening to a radio host dissing a group of religious fundamentalists who planned to gather at a filling station to pray for lower gasoline prices. He opined, "Oh, come on! God is too busy with meetings and stuff to deal with the price of gas."
I probably uttered a little "huh?" and shook my head ... moved to my mind's "spam" box.
Or, so I thought.
Towards the end of April, I "came down" with a loathsome cold/flu bug, whose after-effects seemed to linger. Most of May I spent just going through the motions. Not actually "sick"=sick, but feeling as if someone had let the air out of my balloon. Know what I mean? Sleep appeared impossible.
I recall closing my eyes each night and saying, "Please, God. Just let me sleep throughout the night."
Then. "I'm sorry! You've more important things going on."
I mean, all we have to do is turn on our TV or radio ... or Blogland. It's truly frightening out there. And here, I'm asking for Divine help to stop coughing. Geesh.
I love what Rabbi Packouz says about prayer in his Shabbat Shalom "fax of life."
Many people mistakenly feel that they should only pray for big things. Not so. Prayer is about creating a relationship; it's about understanding and appreciating the Source of all blessing. God is the loving parent who wants only good for us.
Prayer not only helps create the relationship with the Almighty, it keeps the relationship strong. Imagine the difficulties of asking your father or mother for help after not speaking with them for years? God will listen to us when we call out to Him. It is just easier to ask Him if you keep your relationship current.
A prayer has three components: 1) Praise of God. (He doesn't need our praises; it focuses us on Who we are talking to. 2) Requests. 3) Thanks. It is the height of good manners to show appreciation!
Man proposes and God disposes.
I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderfully blessed evening ... thank you Charlotte and Ginger for this "House Built on Love"!