Sidewalk Bends

Exploring the soul and it's reaches.

I Pray the Lord My Soul to Keep

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When you see someone who is sick, why do you pray for them? Do you do it because you think they will get better? Do you do it because you cannot bear to see them sick or because you cannot bear to see them suffering? When you pray, do you announce it to the person you are praying for, or do you do it silently, unknown to others? We’re all different and some of us pray for different reasons.

USC football players pray before a gameSome pray for the outcome of a football game. Some pray for the current lottery numbers. Still, some others pray for well-being, or for better health. Some just pray to get to the next day, or even something as simple or as complex as seeing peace. We all have our different motives. Sometimes they come from a place so deep down, we did not even know it existed, and other times we ask for things so seemingly self-serving. What drives us? What drives you? When will we do things not for ourselves, but because someone else doesn’t have the strength to do for themselves? How much is too much to give of yourself? We all think we know. sometimes I even think I know, but when we are faced with it; When we are faced with actually doing and not just thinking, will we act?

How much is too much time to give of your own? How much money is too much money to give of your own? How much food is too much food to give of your own? How much love is too much love to give? Is anything even ours to give in the first place, or are we just vessels for temporary safe keeping? Are we really here to just help ourselves and pick off the buffet, or are we here to help each other and teach each other. The answers always seems easy, until we are faced with another choice to make; Each choice, driven by its own intent, an intent that is always known, whether we try to hide it or not.

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