I received the message
below from a dear friend. Read it, and then scroll down for more comments
----- Original Message -----
Subject: Re: FW: I Need This Back. If You Do This For
> I Need This Back. If You Do This For Me, I'll do it for
> find out that God is
> When there is nothing left but God, that is when you
> all you need.give this a shot! All you do is simply say the
> Take 60 seconds and
> following small prayer
for the person who sent you this.
> friends in whatever it is that You know they may be
> Father, God bless all my
> needing this day!
And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity and
> power as he/she
seeks to have a closer relationship with you.
> Then send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it to
> Within hours five people have prayed for you, and you caused a
> people to pray for other people.watch the power of God work in your life.
> Then sit back and
> but more is better.
> P. S. Five is good,
Knowing the person who
sent this to me, I know it was sent with the best of intentions, out of true
It's not a bad
idea. It has the potential to get people prayerfully considering each
other, taking time out to pray for each other. There can be nothing wrong
with that, and only good in it. I like it. So I prayed for the
person who sent it to me, as requested. And with these added comments, I'm
forwarding it to a whole bunch of people, but not to ask you to pray for me,
though I certainly need all the prayerful support I can get at all times in my
life. I'm forwarding this message to suggest another idea.
one line in the message above that caused me some concern. The
"If You Do This For Me, I'll do it for
While praying for the
friend who sent me this message, another idea came up. An image came to
mind of an occasion not long ago when I saw a televised talk that the Dalai Lama
gave to a huge audience. At the end of his talk, he took some questions
from the audience. One person asked him to lead them in a prayer.
His answer was, "I am not much for prayer. I prefer action." He did,
however, lead them in a meditation.
I don't think he intended
to disparage the action of prayer. Prayer is action, too. I think he
just had other kinds of action in mind at the time, considering the content of
the talk he had just given. An idea for another kind of action
popped into my mind.
You may want to pass this
idea along by forwarding it to other people, but I'd much rather you just DO the
idea instead of peddling the idea. (As soon as I finish typing this, I've
got a stack of post cards sitting next to my keyboard that I'm going to start
using for this purpose. TODAY. In fact, they are pre-stamped post
cards that someone gave me as a gift, for exactly the purpose I now have in
Here's the idea that
arose during my prayer (modify it to suit you):
Take five minutes
each day for the first five days of every month, or 25 minutes on the first day
of every month, to send cards, notes, or loving email messages
to five friends and/or family members. Maybe you don't know what to
say. Okay, so pick a little poem or a verse from a song or hymn that you
really like. Or some favorite quote from a famous thinker. Or a
cartoon. Or a picture of a flower. Or just send them a post card,
and scribble on the back, "Just wanted to say I love you. That's
all! Have a wonderful day!" Or, if you're more verbose, tell them
that you care about them, love them, and think often of them, if all that is
true. Just let them know that they are loved and appreciated, not for
anything in particular that they did, but just for being who they are.
While you're at it, take a moment to bless the person in a prayerful way, from
the bottom of your heart, maybe while you attach the stamp or click "send" or
while walking to the mailbox.
Maybe the place to begin
is with cards or notes to the people in your own household.
Do this every month for a
year, with the intention of developing it into a lifetime habit.
IMPORTANT: Expect nothing in
Just an idea. Could
be an action if you like the idea.