I spoke in church today.

I read a talk that I composed on my laptop from articles on the Internet and then presented it through Evernote on my tablet.

The man that spoke after me was an adorable grandfather who gestured at my Xoom and said “I don’t have any idea what that thing she just used is called.

He talked about technology and how connected we are today.

About how “Sometimes smart people with smart phones do dumb things.

Amen to that. (Politicians.)

I came home and googled a thing or two.

20 trillion text messages are received every day.

200 million tweets are sent per day.

42 million pieces of content are shared on facebook EVERY HOUR.

And those numbers aren’t slowing down.

He went on to say if we can believe that this kind of connection can happen even though we barely witness a sliver of it ourselves, is it really so hard to believe that whatever higher power we believe in listens to us when we talk to Him/Her? (Of course in our case it’s God that’s listening and we talk to Him through prayer.)

Roaches are pretty much the only things that have been around longer than prayer in some form.

When I’m having a hard time it’s really easy to come here and write. To call a friend an talk. To make brownies and eat. But sometimes it’s best to hit my knees and pray.

It really is the oldest form of therapy and connection.

It’s free, you don’t have to shower to do it and it never breaks or suffers from technical difficulties.

Unless Heaven or the being you believe in starts selling Missoni, you always have an open line of connection with someone who loves you and will always listen without interrupting.

All you have to do is start talking.

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for this. I feel like you were speaking directly to me tonight. My dad has just a few hours ago been readmitted to the hospital for the second time in two weeks due to side effects from a cancer treatment. I’ve been praying and praying and praying to see some improvement but, at times, have felt like maybe I’m just sending my hopes and wishes into outer space. Thank you for reminding me that there is Someone out there listening to me (and that thankfully He’s not selling Missoni)! Your posts are always inspiring in one way or another.

  2. Our message in church touched on something in the same vein today and it was just what I needed to hear. So was this.

    Steph

  3. Don’t have to shower first? Okay, I’ll do it! :) Love this.

  4. Thank you for this reminder. I needed this today. oof.

  5. I teach Sunday school, and this was my lesson today. I helped the kids make prayer journals — which they promptly filled with pictures of dogs and boats and their friends, etc. Missing the point? Yes and no. I can’t wait to see how these turn out.

  6. Amen.

  7. AMEN

  8. beautiful. <3

  9. I love this!! Well said.

  10. Wow. This is powerful… I love the comparisons he used.

  11. Truer words. Also, thankful to have been on that list of friend calling this week. I needed it. xo

  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This was beautiful and I think I need to take your advice. I’m starting to feel that familiar autumn depression closing in and I’m going to try to rise above it with prayer, exercise and hugging my nephews. :)

  13. Love, Love, Love. Thank you for that very simple reminder in an age of anything but simple. : )

  14. mommabird2345 says:

    100% agree with you. I truly believe in the power of prayer. I may not always get the answer I want, but I know I my prayers were heard.

  15. L.O.V.E…SO TRUE! :)

  16. I needed this reminder today very much.

  17. I love this.

    “All you have to do is start talking” – this is something I forget far too often.

  18. While I will always know that time with the big guy is most important, I want to believe that I’m on the short list for phone calls.

    I pray often, talk on the phone seldom. So there’s that.

  19. One of my favorite quotes is, “Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you see a brook.” (Credit to the author, whomever it is.)

    And, that? Is why I pray just about as often as I see water.

  20. “..if we can believe that this kind of connection can happen even though we barely witness a sliver of it ourselves, is it really so hard to believe that whatever higher power we believe in listens to us when we talk to Him/Her?”

    Best comparison I’ve read. And yet, I still struggle with the answer. So I keep doing both in hopes that one day it will be clear.

    Thanks.

  21. Love!

  22. How did I not know you were LDS? I’ve been reading for a while now (sleep deprived brain disclosure–see my ten week old) and love your posts so much! We’re kindred souls in the PPD department and I too love your linked website. Keep on hangin in! You’re an inspiration to a somewhat crazy lady in VA.

  23. I read this yesterday after you posted it, but was multi-tasking and couldn’t post a comment.

    I had to come back.

    Amen. Amen. AMEN.

    You’re so right, sometimes bowing my head is the most comforting, calming and RIGHT thing to do.

    Thanks for the reminder, lady.

  24. I have felt the positive power of prayer around me during times in my life when I simply didn’t think I had it in me to offer my own to God. I did, however, have a beautiful army of friends praying for me, people I truly believed when they told me they were praying for me. I can’t explain how, but I swear I could feel strength of their prayers protecting me and pushing me forward through days when I didn’t think I could. I think it’s easy to fall into a pat response of “I’m praying for you” when someone is going through something in their life. Now, when I say that, I remind myself of how I felt when people prayed for me, and I make a point to really dedicate time to keep these individuals in my prayers. I might not pray for them daily, but there are days that I do.

    My next focus is really coming to God with the reverence and respect He deserves when I enter into conversation with Him.

    Thank you for this post.