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Rejuvenation from Prayer

Pink and blue sky during November sunrise

I believe in the power of prayer. A gathering of people praying for the same cause has the ability to bring me to tears. People praying and laying hands on each other renews my spirits. Community is powerful.

I went to church this past Sunday morning assuming the motions would be the same. I know where to sit. I know about how long praise will last, followed by any reminders, a prayer, a sermon, a prayer and dismissal with a song. I find comfort in routine. I take a bit to adjust to unexpected changes. Stepping out of my comfort zone always pushes me to grow, once I’m over the threshold of uncomfortable.

Sunday’s church service started like any other, but quickly became something different. A prayer for a little boy and his family in our congregation led to general prayers for well-being and healing. People approached the front. Hands were laid on shoulders. A community of believers sat together lifting prayers…together….for almost an hour. There was some stopping and singing, but there was no sermon. The plan was changed because the community needed something else. I’ll admit feeling a little off-kilter at the idea of winging our way through a church service. It made me uncomfortable. My unease slowly changed to relaxation given time to reflect and pray, surrounded by others praying. It was much different from the solitary moments I spend with God. I left feeling centered and calm in a way I haven’t in weeks, maybe months. The weariness of daily monotony was gone. I was ready to move forward rejuvenated. That hour was an unexpected gift.

The service ended with the song Do Something by Matthew West. I’d heard the song on the radio before, but it was different in that moment. I can’t shake the lyrics….

Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”

I get caught up in the drudgery of day-to-day life and overwhelmed with circumstances. I forget that day-to-day life can impact the world in tremendous ways. There is no someone else or some other time. I have today. I have this place. Each day is full of do something moments. Be kind. Teach. Listen. Share. Impact. Be aware. Do. Love.


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