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What do you do when you hear a siren?
If you are driving, you pull the car over to the side of the road to let the emergency vehicle pass.
But my mom taught me one more thing: When you hear a siren, say a prayer.
Pray for where the ambulance is heading. Pray for safety for the EMTs, law enforcement, or fire fighters. But always remember to pray.
We live in a rural area and sometime hear or see the emergency helicopter fly over transporting someone who needs immediate medical care. Another time a sound or sight triggers prayer.
The Carmelite Sisters in Indianapolis Indiana offer prayer in response to another set of sights and sounds. They pray the news.
Now I have noticed one of my favorite spiritually-related web sites, Spirituality and Practice, is also praying the news:
What a different mindset to have when watching the evening news or reading the paper or when a headline pops up on the computer.
Our Sunday newspaper prints photos on 8-10 mug shots of men and women wanted in NE Indiana for various crimes. For several years now, I look at each of the photos intently into their eyes and lift them up to the Lord.
But I haven’t prayed over the front-page stories of the daily paper or the real estate transactions, the obituaries, or the court proceedings. I imagine many of the divorce and foreclosures notices are in dire need of prayer. Even the wedding and baby announcements could be lifted up with thanksgiving.
I am going to pray the news more often. When I read the paper or listen to the news I am going to also listen with my heart. What jumps out to me? What name or situation causes me to pause? Is there one story or person I feel drawn to for prayer?
I believe in the power of prayer and know God works through our prayers to transform lives.
Lord I don’t know the results of my prayers, but I do know You call me to pray.
Help me to remember to drench whatever is right in front of my eyes into your healing waters.
Lord of compassion, open my heart to see what breaks Your heart and to love what You love
And may I be your hands and feet on earth in reaching others. Amen