Just before showering tonight, I found myself contemplating a message I received a year or two ago from an old coworker.
He was telling me that he was moving, and he requested that I pray for all to go well for him throughout the moving process and in the new place.
That’s not too odd on its own, right?
Well, we hadn’t been in touch for quite some time, first off.
Secondly, he continued on to say that I was the only person he knew that was into that kind of thing, and so that was why he was reaching out to me in particular.
So, totally understandable, then, that he would reach out to me for the prayers.
Thinking about it tonight, though, something hit me that had only kind of brushed my conscience before now: What could that be like, knowing only one person who prays, who has anything to do with prayer?
I can’t even imagine…
Among my friends I have people of various faiths and non-faiths, all to various degrees, let alone among my acquaintances.
Being from Texas – yes, it is Houston, but much of it still holds true here – I am accustomed to the majority of the people around me being Christians, and especially ones who have no qualms at all with talking about it whenever and wherever – Christianity is part of the vernacular.
And so, it is surprising to me that someone would know only one person who prays.
We are filled with Christians, to be sure, but Christians are by no means they only people who pray…
And imagine someone knowing just about none of those people…
It is just too unusual for me to imagine…
It was a totally different context, but people offered prayers constantly in Japan – it was something I loved about Japan, actually, crossing all the shrines and temples, and seeing and sharing prayers with all the people visiting them.
Prayer had a context, but it was commonplace and regular, even in a culture so drastically different from that of my own origin.
I eventually went to check the message, just to see what specifically he had said, and it was actually that I was the one whom he knew, who knew how to pray best…
Nonetheless, it has me wonder about the world and the people in it: Who among them knows no one or only one person who prays? (Or, at least, who prays comfortably?)
The thought is somewhat saddening to me, really, and has me almost ready to dive into prayer for all the people who feel alone and in need of some love on the prayer front…