THE MOST WE CAN DO

Activated - - NEWS - By Rosane Pereira ROSANE PEREIRA IS AN ENGLISH TEACHER AND WRITER IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, AND A MEM­BER OF THE FAM­ILY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL.

In my turn-of-the year cleanup, I found an old year­book. I smiled as I read down the very long list of my res­o­lu­tions for that year. I guess I had high ex­pec­ta­tions of my­self!

This past year, I de­cided to make only three res­o­lu­tions: Be more lov­ing and en­cour­ag­ing, fin­ish a ma­jor writ­ing project I was work­ing on and start a new one, and keep a prayer list.

To be lov­ing and to fin­ish projects are on­go­ing goals to strive for, but the de­ci­sion to keep a prayer list has been a mile­stone. The first day I wrote all the things that were weigh­ing on my heart. The next morn­ing, I re­al­ized I had for­got­ten to in­clude sev­eral of my rel­a­tives, and the fol­low­ing day, I re­mem­bered some other sit­u­a­tions that needed prayer.

As time went on, I be­gan adding pend­ing events, like a driv­ing li­cense re­newal or a med­i­cal checkup, as well as spe­cific re­quests for fam­ily, friends, and as­so­ciates—all peo­ple who needed heal­ing or com­fort or bet­ter jobs or stronger faith, and on it went.

Fol­low­ing through with this res­o­lu­tion hasn’t turned out to be as dif­fi­cult as I an­tic­i­pated. As soon as I wake up, I pick up my list and pray a few words for each point. I write new ones that come to mind and cross out the ones that have been an­swered. It takes less than ten min­utes.

It re­minds me of a poster I gave to a friend with the words: “Prayer is not the least we can do, but the most.” She tacked it to the clip­board just out­side her of­fice. Ev­ery time I visit her, there it is, speak­ing to me.

I have al­ways been an ac­tive per­son, and prayer has never been one of my strong points, but as time passes, I re­al­ize more than ever how pow­er­ful it is. When we pray, rather than putting un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions on our­selves, we’re draw­ing from the great­est power there is, one that can trans­form lives, solve prob­lems, and help us see things in a new light.

Prayer is the most pow­er­ful form of en­ergy that one can gen­er­ate. … Only in prayer do we achieve that com­plete har­mo­nious as­sem­bly of mind, body and spirit which gives the frail hu­man need its un­shak­able strength. When we pray we link our­selves with the in­ex­haustible mo­tive that spins the uni­verse. —Dr. Alexis Car­rel (1873–1944)

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