Let us join together in ACTIVE PRAYER~Reflections & Mourning for Newton, Connecticut

crying angel“Dear God,
We come to You with broken hearts,  surrendering the catastrophe that has occurred today in Connecticut. We cannot comprehend the darkness that led to this, or the suffering of those who have loved and lost […..] May those who died find joy in the immortal realms. May those who mourn them be comforted in this hour of their agony. And may our prayers and actions be guided by You, dear God, to create a world where this occurs no more.  Amen”~Marianne Williamson

As a nation we mourn the loss of innocent lives and in many ways the a loss of our own innocence. We mourn and we are angry. How could this happen? Why did it happen?  The horrific event in Newton, Connecticut has made many people angry. There’s nothing wrong with being angry. We should be angry but we also must find a way to make sense out of a senseless act and turn the anger into prayer. That said, let us not merely sit at home and put prayers out there. We can and must engage in active prayer.

Prayer in action!

My niece Jordan Taitel posted this on Facebook; “Many people today have been posting “praying for the victims and their families” or messages along those lines. How many of us, however, actually stopped and prayed for the victims? Let us all stop our busy lives for a second and say a prayer that this sort of senseless violence ends. Then lets pray by doing. In hebrew the word for worship and the word for work are the same. AVODAH. We can worship  through doing  work. Write your congressman a letter asking for stricter gun control, ask for an end to future violence. Prayer is not only a silent conversation between you and your God. Prayer can be action. Both are important. Please, take action, and hopefully we can prevent this from happening in the future.”

Jordan most eloquently stated a very simple truth. “Prayer is not only a silent conversation between you and your God. Prayer can be action.” It is time to make our prayers active.  Not doing anything does nothing. Hoping and praying someone else will do it also does nothing. It is up to each of us to make our prayers active by letting our voices be heard not just by God but by our legislators and government. Let us speak up not in anger but in prayer and with love. Support Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Write Congress to implement  gun control legislation. I truly believe that what happened at the Sandy Hook school goes well beyond the intention of our second amendment right to bear arms. Two of the guns used were legally purchased, registered and in the home.

Prayer in action!

My friend Thomas Springer wrote: “There will never be words to express the loss today. What we can do is act. Stop blaming this and that and quit saying if only this or that. Get out of the comfort of your home and go sponsor an at risk teen. Make a difference in the life of someone in need in your neighborhood. Become involved in your community. It’s nice to light candles and have discussions and pray for all the victims. But how about using your gifts and resources to help some of the wayward kids in your town. There will always be time to blame and discuss but for someone tonight that needs the love and compassion of others to help learn how to live a proper life we are letting the chance to help them slip away.   We are stewards of our communities and for that we are all responsible.”

It is time to engage in active prayer. Pray! Embrace your loved ones. Mourn for the children, the families and all who have suffered at the hands of the broken soul who committed this act.  Connect with your unique vibration of love  and allow it to flow through you. Listen and hear the cries of those crying out for help. Send them love and light and then take action. Put prayer in action by sponsoring an at risk teen. Become involved in your community.

This is a wake up call for all of us. Take a moment from your all too busy day and think of ways to  help those who need it and are crying out for help. Use your gifts and resources to put prayers in motion. Pray for innocent lives lost. Pray for our own innocence lost then make that prayer active by taking action!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Don’t think your Prayers and Questions are being Answered? Think Again!

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You meditate, pray and wish for answers to your questions then you wish, meditate and pray some more. You keep doing this day after day yet nothing changes and you still don’t know which direction to go or what decision to make. Why is it that you do this over and over but sometimes it doesn’t feel like you are receiving the answers? Whether your question begins with “how” “what” “why” or “when” if you have to keep asking, you are not paying attention to the answers  you are already receiving!

We are constantly bombarded with information from every which way and it’s not always easy to pick out what is an answer and what is not. It is rare indeed to get hit with a lightening bolt from above but that doesn’t mean your questions are not being answered. Often times they are right in front of you; In fact many of the answers you seek are being answered by repeatedly showing you the lesson you wanted to learn until you finally clear enough energy to see it and finally say “by George I’ve got it! Thank you!”

One tried and true method I use is to actually ask for the answer to be so clear that you can’t and won’t miss it. If you ask that way be fully prepared to pay attention to everything around you. The answer is there and, I might add, may come in many forms.

It could be in the smile of the grocery store clerk, the name written on the truck passing by, a fleeting thought or a conversation you’ve overheard. The answer may lie in taking a different direction after an obstacle has momentarily blocked your way. If  you feel like you are off track maybe you were actually directed to the right one!

Everything happens for a reason and there are no coincidences especially when it comes to praying and wishing. Perhaps the timing wasn’t right, there was more energy that needed to clear or you didn’t take back your energy from a very an energetically charged event from your past.  Many things come into play so there is no right or wrong. Sometimes it’s more about being aware of the small answers which are very much like puzzle pieces. Eventually they will all fit together to form the big picture. Be patient the signs are there and answer will come if it isn’t there already.

If you still feel like you are not receiving your answers rather than asking for the answer, ask what it is you need to clear to receive the answer. It may be that you can’t have what it is you are asking for. Your answers lie in finding your truth and only you can do that. Do you really want the truth? Can you have the truth? Are you willing to let go of whatever it is you’re holding on to which prevents you from seeing or knowing the answer to your question?

Ask once then let it go!

Your answers lie within you but there are outside signs to direct you. Once you ask a question don’t wait for the lightening bolt because it probably won’t come. It also isn’t necessary to continually ask the same question because your answers are coming to you and all you need do is pay attention to them. The more you ask the more stuck you become on the question instead of seeing, knowing, hearing, feeling or allowing the answer! So dear friends a very wise man once said “Ask and you shall receive. Knock and the door will be opened.” Ask once, be patient and be aware of the answers you are already receiving! ~Shine Your Light Debbie

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