Dear Son, Did You Hear Last Night’s Prayer?

Orlando daytime high was "frigid". Look at the spectators.

Dear Son, I was wondering about my own temptation to go through the motions, like last night as we said our dinner time prayer. I wanted to add an additional, timely petition that all homeless people would have a warm place to sleep. But I didn’t. Last night (Jan 4) was, after all, Orlando’s coldest night in a year.

Anyone else ever feel like this? If yes, how do you overcome it? If no, how do you avoid it?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I think that we slip into automatic mode when things become real easy for us. But when God allows some sort of pain into our automatic mode, we slow down and have to do some thinking which leads to more deliberate actions. Might be emotional pain or physical, but it gives us a ton of compassion for others either way. Like the thorn in Paul’s side…

  2. Pain humbles us. Pain reminds us that we don’t have all the answers. Pain keeps us dependent on God and others. Pain is part of compassion. I think change can arrive through any of these avenues.

    When I decided last December to start walking and then running, it began as loneliness. As I got quiet on my solitary walks, I would be praying. It didn’t take long before I could hear God saying to me, “Natalie, if you want to run a race, that’s OK with me.”

    That’s the moment of change! I started running a little bit and then a little more after that. But without the feeling of loneliness, I wouldn’t have been outside where I could hear His message for me.

    A very good question, Jeff…as usual 🙂

  3. Natalie, thanks for sharing this story. To me, pain is an obvious force for change. Others include dreams, hopes, vision, desiring proactive change (without any real pain to speak of), etc…

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