A Meditation on Faith: The Eloquence of Action

What is prayer, as practiced by most, but some repetitive word salad directed at some supernatural creature that the prayerful cannot even define?

What is prayer, as practiced by most, but a socially-accepted way to feel good about doing nothing?

Real prayer is a force, not a request.

Is not a single act of kindness or courage, no matter how humble, infinitely more precious and praiseworthy than every impassioned sermon, sentiment, or supplication since the dawn of time?

Is not compassionate or courageous action the only prayer that deserves an answer?

Practice, not profession, is the only defensible measure of any faith… creating power and hope in places that the even most heartfelt thoughts and prayers can never penetrate.

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11 thoughts on “A Meditation on Faith: The Eloquence of Action

  1. Prayer equals a hope someone is listening that can ease the realty of personal responsibility. Meditations into mindfulness can also ease burdens and provide solutions. Our brains are fascinating. One method gives credit to god, the other to personal problem solving, but both solutions come from within through simple awareness.

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    • I, too, see earnest reflection and mindfulness as quite effective ways to find solutions… or to simply come to honest and courageous terms with the unavoidable… and I have no qualms about who gets the credit, as long as the responsibility is not abdicated. Thanks and peace, man.

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  2. Prayer is begging. I’m not poor; I’m not a dog, therefore I refuse to pray. I like Machiavelli’s tongue in cheek comment on the subject: What remains to be done must be done by you since in order not to deprive us of our free will and such share of glory as belongs to us, God will not do everything himself. ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince.

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  3. Ssshhhh. So often I’ve seen reactionary websites rallying great numbers of people in mighty campaigns to oppose things like abortion and gay marriage by…..all mumbling to themselves and fiddling with beads on specific dates. I’d much rather they relied on such methods rather than switching over to conventional political campaigns which might actually, you know, do some damage.

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  4. “Real prayer is a force, not a request,” hmmm. The force is in the prayer, no matter if you are asking, thanking, recognizing, or meditating on the fact that there is a God who is in charge. Hence the power. There IS power in prayer. Finally, the greatest of our forefathers, those men who gave YOU the foundation to succeed in this GREAT country, PRAYED. Not fiddled with bead or engaged in political campaigns to do damage. Those who laid the foundation – those who truly made us One Nation Under God PRAYED.

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