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#307: Prayers and Positive Thoughts

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

As a co-leader of a religious group on SP, I learn of many people's problems. Add in members' blogs detailing financial difficulties, emotional concerns, children conflicts, floods and a plethora of other calamities and it is easy to appreciate how many people need our compassion and understanding.

Do you believe in the power of prayer? Even if you don't, I am convinced there is an energy in the universe that responds to positive thoughts. Either way, many of our friends and team mates and fellow SP members need reinforcement. They need to know they are not alone dealing with their difficulties. They need to know that others care about them.

No one enjoys feeling as if no one is concerned. The feeling of being alone is a demoralizing and depressing feeling that no one should have to experience.

Think about your own life and how buoyed your spirits would be if a friend said, "I understand and I'm pulling for you. You can get through this. Be strong."

It is easy to appreciate that many people are hurting today. They are frustrated and are sometimes without direction and hope for a better life.

That's where we come in. Within the vast membership of SparkPeople and within our framework of friends and family and acquaintances are people waiting for a kind, supportive word.

Won't you take a moment when you hear of someone you know or when you read a post or a blog about someone dealing with tribulations in their life and write them a note and tell them you are thinking of them and hoping for the best for their situation?

A kind word goes so far with those we know, but may trigger an even larger ripple affect among our virtual friends we have yet to meet.

One thing is certain, at some time in our life we will encounter difficulties that seem unsurmountable. When that occurs, won't we apreciate and benefit from a kind word, a prayer or a positive thought?

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  • LESLIES537
    Yes we would! You are so right...the power of prayer lifts you up in the most difficult of times. Wonderful blog Lou.

    3953 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    So true. Just this morning I told one of my customers that I had been thinking about her and praying for her this past week. She looked at me kind of strange and said that she almost lost her mother and now her mom is recovering nicely. Awesome!
    3953 days ago
    I believe in the power of prayer!!! Let us pray one for another in Christian Love. Joy
    3953 days ago
    There have been studies done (no, I can't quote them) that show that sick people who are prayed for (even when they don't know it) heal faster than other people. So, does prayer help? DEFINITELY! As Christians, we have the privilege and responsibility to pray for others. Paul reminds us to 'bear one another's burdens' and by that, I take it to mean pray for others. Of course, a timely, kindly word of encouragement is also important. You never know when a word from you will turn another person's life around; or at least be the bit of encouragement (s)he needs to get thru another day.
    3953 days ago
    You are absolutely right. We can make a very big difference in people's lives through encouragement and compassion.
    3953 days ago
  • LN7777
    I am a firm believer in the power of Prayer! Great blog
    3953 days ago
    Thank you for the reminder to be listening and responding sympathetically when people express agony and sadness. We can create a better universe with our thoughts, kind words and prayers.

    3953 days ago
    This is so true. I try to urge people to pray as I have received the intercession of Jesus in my life. Thanks for posting.
    3953 days ago
    So true! Everyone needs a kind word, healing thoughts, prayers or meditations at times in their lives and benefit from knowing that others care about them.

    I certainly have appreciated the kindness and prayers directed to my friend who was so brutally beaten and left for dead.

    I know there are people on this site who are living with cancer, heart disease, recovering from terrible childhoods, dealing with great personal loss. This is a place where reaching out with support and comfort is so important.

    Thank you for all of the support you offer, too!
    3953 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    This is a great post Lou. I always try to reach out to those in need of support. Thanks for the reminder.
    3953 days ago
    So true Lou... so true! Thanks for another great blog!

    3953 days ago
    Having had two of the most difficult months of my life recently, I cannot even begin to express how much I have been blessed by the compassion and kindness, the encouragement of my SparkFamily. The words of wisdom, grace, hope, and (oh, thank God) humor this vast and diverse community have helped me to stay focused, centered, to keep pressing on when my heart wanted only to crawl into a cave and hide. The only way to ever repay such wonderful gifts is to pass them on to others who need a word of encouragement, a nudge in the right direction, a chuckle, a hug, a prayer, a glimmer of hope. Great blog, my friend. Thank you. Again.
    3953 days ago
    You are one of the best at giving kind words. Thanks for your comments on my blog. They mean more than you will ever know.
    3953 days ago
    You are so right, Lou. A kind word goes so far...We have one chance to live each moment, to respond to another person. We have the choice to lash out in frustration, ignore, or reach out with compassion and love, as our savior Jesus Christ taught us to do. I strive to reach out with love, and to spread those little words of kindness,hope and compassion.

    Thank you for the great reminder.

    3953 days ago
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