Do You Still Doubt The Power Of Prayer?
I’ve been giving this some thought over the past week but was unsure of how to address it in today’s ultra-sensitive world. In full disclosure religion was not part of my upbringing even though my Irish-Catholic father was an altar boy and attended parochial school. My mother, who is Jewish, did not practice and my siblings and I were always told we could adopt any religion we wanted…which none of us did. I will say my wife is Catholic, also attended parochial school and our children have been raised in that faith.
So now that I cleared that up let me move on. The subject of prayer in public has and is a controversial one. You might remember back in 2009 East Brunswick High School football coach Marcus Borden lost his job over leading his team in prayer. Flash forward to 13 years later as this summer the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an assistant coach from a public school in Washington had to be reinstated to the job he lost 7 years earlier over his insistence to pray on the field after games. Mixed messages for sure.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve prayed over the years even if it is somewhat hypocritical. Most of the time it was for medical reasons but I’ve asked for trivial things like a Penn State football victory. I know that’s not what prayer was meant for but what can I say.
I’m bringing this all up in the wake of the incredible recovery by Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin. We all saw video that night when I believe every player was spotted on his knees likely asking for a miracle. The word prayer has been circulated thousands of times for the 24-year old and many believe his recovery is at least partly due to the power of that.
I have not heard one negative when it comes to the request for prayers in this case and I am sure many who have indeed hit their knees are not religious. Who is to say it has not helped? Certainly not me.
While today being Friday the 13th is often associated with bad luck it is my wife Jane’s birthday and I hope she has a great day because she truly deserves it. She has been and continues to be the answer to my prayers.