March 14th, 2006 by Marcia
Do you worry that when you drive your children to school or to a friend’s house that you will all be blown up on the way? I hope that is not the case for you. I don’t, thank God. But there are people who do.
One day I was driving my daughter to her school. Now this has never been a chore to me in the 13 years that I have done it. It is special time that we share, listening to music or talking about our dreams or events in our lives.
On this recent day, I had dropped her off at school and was on my way home. I was listening to the radio, and heard a program where a man from Iraq was being interviewed. His words were translated, and as the story progressed, I began to feel powerful emotions.
This man told the interviewer how he prays for hours before he takes his family somewhere. What used to be a leisurely drive across town for them has now become a game of Russian roulette.
He spoke of how he gets very agitated when there are traffic jams, which are very common because the traffic lights aren’t working. He says he doesn’t know whether the car next to him might have a suicide bomber driving, and that his car and his family will be blown up any second.
He prays very hard when his car is stopped like this.
Can you imagine the stress his body, his mind, his heart and spirit are under at these times? Every day, this is a reality in Iraq and other places where conflict rages.
I thought a lot about this man all day. I thought about how it must be difficult for him and other parents in Iraq to hold hope strong for their children, hope for a peaceful and blessed future.
And I knew I could do one small act each day for those parents and children. I decided to spend some time each day in meditation and prayer, sending hope to this man and his family, and sending hope to all the parents and children of Iraq who are feeling fear and uncertainty.
I know that when I sit down and set my intent, and then imagine a light extending from my heart through space and time to the hearts of these grief-stricken people, that with the assistance of Spirit, there is a good chance that this precious time that I take is actually making a difference. Research has clearly shown the effectiveness of prayer and distance healing.
If you are so moved, I hope you consider doing this in your unique way, and together we can hold the space for the people of Iraq and other places in the world who are having difficulty holding the hope themselves.
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