I (Rev. Gail) admit that I am feeling very concerned as I watch, listen, and read the news. We are still in grief about the unmarked graves in indigenous residential schools; we worry about the devastating effect of earthquakes, forest fires, and torrential flooding; and now we see images of people fleeing for their lives, and living in fear in Afghanistan. What can we do?
Sure, we need to reach out financially where able.
But perhaps the greatest thing we can do is pray.
Rob Fennel reminds us that remembering someone in prayer is one way to extend care and concern, and to be part of what God is doing in their lives.
Make a small "bowl" by cupping your hands together.
Place your bowl in your lap, then stretch out your arms with your bowl before you, about level with your shoulders.
Your arms can be bent or straight.
Close your eyes, and with your spiritual imagination, 'place' in this bowl one or two people, or places, for whom you have a special concern right now.
Hold them silently in your mind.
Remembering that the Source of Life is all around us, lift the bowl by raising your arms, and name this person, place, or situation.
Name their needs, aloud if possible.
Pray for healing, peace, renewal, or comfort.
Pray that they may be especially aware of God's presence today.
If your arms tire, gently place the bowl back in your lap and continue your thoughtful prayers.
In the sure knowledge that God hears our prayers continue for a few moments to breathe in the Spirit.
As you rest your hands on your lap, you can be assured of God's care for those for whom you have prayed, and for you.
Peace, Rev. Gail