prayer lines

This morning when I got to work, The Upper Room Prayer Line was forwarded to my phone. After I panicked for five minutes trying to figure out how to make it stop, I accepted that I would be the Accidental Prayer Volunteer from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Acceptance. Sometimes things just get thrown my way whether I asked for them or not. I can get all excited and throw a fit. Or I can just accept it and do the right thing. Answering the prayer line and praying with the callers was the right thing to do.
2. Openness. I was afraid about what would happen when I answered the call. So I said, “Upper Room Prayer Center. May I pray with you?” And then people started talking about what was troubling them. When I let go of my fear and had an open heart, my mind, my heart, my mouth knew what to say.
3. Prayer time with people is holy time. What an honor it was to answer the phone and pray with a complete stranger, a person who trusted The Upper Room to hear the big and small, intimate details of their lives. They had a need and they reached out. And we were there — I was there — to say a prayer for that person. We sat together and God was present there on the phone — and in Nashville, Texas, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. God is present and sends God’s comfort right then and there through the voice at the other end of the telephone.

You can be a prayer volunteer. I recommend it. Learn more at the Living Prayer Center’s website.

Books Featured in the March/April 2015 Issue

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Here are some of the authors and books featured in the pages of “Brokenness” (Alive Now, March/April 2015). To get a copy of this issue or to order a subscription, call 1.800.972.0433 or order online.   Daniel Vestal Being the Presence of Christ: A Vision for Transformation Devozine Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life Richard Rohr […]

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From the Editor: Brokenness

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The place of the wound is the place of the healing. The place of the break is the place of the greatest strength. That’s why Jesus himself, even in his resurrected body, reappears with the wounds still in his hands, in his side, in his feet. —Richard Rohr Breathing Under Water I’ve always liked this […]

February 27, 2015 0 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE →

Meet the Writers – Brad Bosworth

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Meet Brad Bosworth, contributor in the January/February 2015 issue, “Loving Oneself.” His poem, “Lamplighter” appears on page 33. To get a copy of this issue or to order a subscription to Alive Now, call 1.800.972.0433 or order online.. I am fascinated with the role Christianity and the New Testament played in the founding of Alcoholics […]

February 24, 2015 1 comment CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE →

Hearing the Voice of Love

It’s not too late to get a copy of the “Loving Oneself” issue (Alive Now, January/February 2015).  To get a copy of this issue or to order a subscription, call 1.800.972.0433 or order online.   Enjoy this short film from Gravity Center: A Center for Contemplative Activism explaining the importance of connecting with the voice that calls us Beloved. […]

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