Praying from the Heart

Exaggeration or reality? There’s not a person of faith–dead or alive–who hasn’t at some point trudged through a desert landscape of dusty dry and somewhat dessicated prayer. By grace, our rote prayers at these times provide comfort by virtue of their structure. By faith, we know mind, heart and spirit will come back into alignment at some point here or in the hereafter.

Thanks to the contemporary miracle that is Twitter, I was led to the following YouTube video by a Presbyterian minister who has become an online companion on my journey of faith. The video isn’t even a minute long and the primary image, that of a tornado that leveled the town of Ringgold, Georgia, is stunning.

But that’s not what captured my soul, prompted me to watch it numerous times, and share it here. It’s what’s we are privileged to hear–authentic prayer from the heart. I hear the psalmist in the Southern drawl, how about you?

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Meredith Gould
Meredith Gould, PhD, is the author of seven books, including The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day, Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? Jewish Roots of Christian Worship, and The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today. She serves on the team at The Virtual Abbey and founded the Twitter chat for church social media (#chsocm).


  1. “Dear God, be with them.” The phrase really struck me.
    I likened the tornado to “destructive” people I have met in my life–people who at one point or the other have put me down . I wish that instead of retaliating I can say quietly whenever they find the excuse to put me down “Dear God, be with them.”


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