“Please help me my God.”
“Give me strength.” “I praise Thee with my whole heart.” Words
sincerely uttered by many in one form or another around the
world each day. Naïve? Presumptuous? Is there an omniscient One
listening? Hearing everyone? Being selective, favoring only a
few? Appointing ethereal emissaries to intervene? Or are these
supplications futile, a complete waste of time and energy? Or
maybe they are ALWAYS fruitful if for no other reason than they
provide solace to the supplicant? What do you think?
Since this is such a ubiquitous form of communication it must
meet the needs of a great many people. Some find group worship
and recitations helpful. Witness Moslems bowing down daily while
facing Mecca, Catholics attending Mass and Hindus chanting.
These practices are certainly effective in bringing people
together and nurturing a sense of community. Strengthening bonds
between people is certainly worthwhile: maintains the peace, the
community functions harmoniously. And more than this, fears and
feelings of helplessness are assuaged. People in groups always
feel more secure and more powerful. This is true in all
endeavors. And in worshiping together, congregants have their
beliefs reinforced and their prayers made more efficacious.
Certainly their God is listening.
But with this adherence to a particular belief and mode of deity
communication it is tempting to castigate those who do not
agree. This too often becomes a justification for condescension
even hatred. What a pathetic irony when a religion espouses a
‘love your fellow man’ dictum but condemns diverse, sincere
efforts at dialogue with the same God. Of course other methods
of communicating with God pose a threat. Maybe they are more
effective. Or maybe they are insulting. Cannot have that. And so
it goes. Centuries of violence vindicated by tenaciously held
beliefs … especially in the proper ways of worshiping ‘the One
True God’. Hopefully future generations will realize the
absurdity of this rigid, religious oriented xenophobia and
abandon it. For there are a ‘thousand’ approaches to the Sacred.
And all should be respected!!
Certainly there are many who have an ongoing dialogue with their
own personal God. This may take the form of quiet, thankful
utterances: “Thank You Lord for Your love, for the beautiful
child you have given me.” “Thank you for the Strength to carry
on.” “Thy will will be done, please show me the way.” Some may
prefer beads, chanting or outlandish displays of reverence.
Listen to a vibrant ‘spiritual’ shaking the rafters and feel the
beauty and power it conveys. What God could ignore this?
So many sincere hearts opening to an Inner Voice that is always
present, always receptive. This is one of the true joys of being
human. You are never alone. You are an integral part of creation
that resonates with dialogue. You ‘feel’ deep within. You are in
awe of the beauty and vibrancy in the world. You face constant
challenges in your life. Sometimes the hurt is ‘deep’. Sometimes
you cry. But the Strength to prevail is always there. Your heart
knows God, knows God cares. For the Divine is everywhere and
most comfortably in your heart. Say “I love you to yourself… to
the Beauty within. And it will be so much easier to say “I love
you” to the world. What a wonderful prayer.
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