over1000prayers

That’s the goal anyway.

Summary: I’ll be adding prayers here daily. My mom and I have begun to pray on the phone every day. My friend Helen and I are trying to find a way to blanket the world with prayers for peace all day, every day, with a sign-up time. And most recently I decided I want to help the thousands of families with missing loved ones by dedicating prayer days to them.

Background: Prayer has been on my mind a lot in recent days. I don’t really understand it and, truthfully have been avoiding it for years. I liked the idea of listening in meditation. But prayer has seemed like the opposite.

There are exceptions. The Prayer of Saint Francis has been my daily prayer for decades. I have a prayer of thanksgiving I say every day as a way to plug in to Source. Recently my friend Helen posted an article about 70,000 people united in prayer before the Berlin Wall came down. We began talking about how powerful minds united in prayer can be. She has been asking people in her church and among her friends about how to facilitate this. I searched online. I found a online calendar that can be broken up into half-hours and invited everyone to pick a time:

World Prayer Schedule

Alas, you have to be invited by email. (You are invited, by the way. If interested, let me know.) It’s just for a 30-minute time slot and you don’t have to stop everything to pray. It just means at that half-hour you will say a prayer, or a few during that time as you like.

Then my friend on KindSpring who is known as Gyrocloudy began a Prayer Renewal 21-Day Challenge. Every day features a new prayer, song and suggested reading. It’s been great. All welcome to that as well.

From my friend Joy:
Do You Pray?
I love this interpretation of a Prayer. What is a prayer? Prayer doesn’t only happen when we kneel or put our hands together and focus and expect things from God. Thinking positive and wishing good for others is a prayers. When you hug a friend. That’s a prayer. When you cook something nourishing for your family and friends. That’s a prayer. When we send off our near and dear ones and say, ‘drive safely’ or ‘be safe.’ That’s a prayer. When you are helping someone in need by giving your time and energy. You are praying. When you forgive someone, that is prayer. Prayer is a vibration. A feeling. A thought. Prayer is the voice of love, friendship, genuine relationships. Prayer is an expression of your silent being. Keep praying always…
-The Mind Journal

Missing Persons Connection. I met a new friend named Ed Denzel. He’s been doing research about Ben’s disappearance. He has a podcast called Unfound. I learned about it from a kind man who commented on my video about Ben. I wrote about it here:

Unfound Podcast

Yesterday Ed told me he has done over 200 podcasts about unsolved Missing Person’s cases. That’s 200 families who grieve. I decided I wanted to do something to help and this is part of that. There are two days especially that are hardest for the family of a missing person — the day they disappeared and their birthday. This is unlike mourning a death. This is like hope being assaulted by fear every moment of the day. Psychologists call this “Disenfranchised Grief.” They advise a ritual of letting go. I thought about that a lot but realized that felt like a betrayal. So I have spent the past five years learning how to build hope and to dismiss fear.

So, if there are others with missing loved ones who will join me on this prayer journey, I will make a promise. Those two days, their birthday and the day their loved one went missing, will be dedicated to their loved one and their family. Every year. One thing that helps immeasurably on those days is connection. So the idea that many people would be saying a prayer for my Benjamin on his birthday (February 21st) and on the day he disappeared (March 2nd) fills me with gratitude. I hope it will help other families too.

Conclusion: The prayers here will be a daily paragraph. I’ll do seven to catch up until today the 7th and then one a day from then on. If you have a suggestion for a prayer, let me know. If you wish prayer for yourself or a loved one or a specific part of the world, or anything, let me know. This is for all of us.