Thread of Grace

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"Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."
-James 5:16

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately, as it’s not only the topic of discussion in Sunday School this week but a topic I’ve been pondering on my own for a while now. I am completely positive that my most raw and meaningful prayers have been cried out in times where I was humble enough to admit I need help. “Help me. Help me. Help me. I can’t go at this alone God. Please... help me...” And it’s at those times where I’m at my most authentic state of being, seeking help from a place of trust and intimacy with The Divine, that I feel held. By what, well that’s a question for the ages, but held nonetheless and definitely less alone.

There is beauty in trust and intimacy, and a good prayer life is just that, very intimate and full of trust. Prayer is a simple and powerful way to release energy. It’s a way to address something that might be too uncomfortable or overwhelming for a person to deal with. It’s a way to connect us back to ourselves. In the Sunday school curriculum this week, prayer is described as, “the means to deepen awareness that we are intimately connected and bonded with our planet, our universe and all that is in this Presence. It is the means to accept our responsibility for making the Presence of God visible and effective in the human species. Prayer is a way to express our commitment to give the best possible expression we can to this sacred presence and is an affirmation of this presence and of our dignity.

I’ll say it again, prayer is an affirmation of our dignity and in and of itself can be a radical act. Prayer is one thing that can never be controlled by external forces and is, therefore, a deeply empowering spiritual practice to have. The power of prayer is that when we pray we don’t have to hide or pretend to be someone we’re not, we don’t have to be afraid that we’re not good enough or not worthy enough. There’s nothing to prove when we pray because it’s a simple yet powerful means of connection.

There are so many moments when I’m feeling disconnected from myself and from God, but I can always reconnect to my own power through prayer. Prayer is the thread of grace that has woven itself into the tapestry of my life and created something truly beautiful to behold. We’re all works of wonder. And on that note, I will end with this prayer that we all go out with joy and be led forth in peace this week. And so it is. Amen.

~Christine Cooley