Posted August 11, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo
“Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is viscious… prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft… As soon as the man is one with God, he will not beg.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prayer is communication with God, the Creator. Some people never pray, some pray once a week during church services, some pray when faced with particularly difficult life situations, when in the foxhole during warfare as an example. Still other people have come to a point where every step is as a prayer. Where life, all life, can be thought of as sacred.
Every person deserves to be, and must be, respected regarding his or her personal relationship with God, the Creator. One person should never tell another that their spiritual status is right or wrong. Spirituality is something that is every person’s business and nobody else’s. Each person will find their own way in the realms of spirituality; others may communicate, but not judge others for, what they have observed in those realms.
It is the sole responsibility of every person to discern spiritual writings and either accept or reject what they have to offer. Perhaps one will feel in their gut, what some term intuition, that the ideas and thoughts conveyed in particular writings resonate. Intuition is a very interesting subject which fascinates us when we realize that it was built in to us as human beings. When we think about the human experience we become overwhelmed that such an amazing scenario, life and reality, came to exist in the first place.
There are times when we sit and allow our minds to imagine what is occurring on the rest of the Earth. All of the information we receive throughout our lives from travels, personal experiences, books, films, news reports, websites, blogs, communications through many forms and types, all add to the intensity and vividness of our imagining of the situations in the world now.
“Great Spirit we pray for all people, all life, and all things on this Mother Earth. We pray for the two-legged, the four-legged, the winged, those that live in the water, the crawling things, the green things, the rocks, the air, the waters and all things. We pray for those who live in areas where war and suffering are occurring; that leaders will emerge to bring an end to fighting and a lasting peace. We pray for those living in areas where there are weather events which have left people in difficult situations. We pray for people who are in situations where the absence of love, forgiveness and compassion has led to harmful words, anger, physical and emotional violence, pain, and suffering. Please bring better days to all these Great Spirit. We humbly thank you for the food that Mother Earth freely provides us and ask that all may be given their sustenance. We thank you for humanity’s coming together as one with friendship, brotherhood, mutual respect and good intentions for all people no matter their status. We thank you that this feeling of unity and oneness is being felt by more and more people all across this beautiful Earth. We thank you for this growing awareness and the increased feelings of unconditional love and forgiveness.”