This article was written after the shooting in Las Vegas. We brought it to the top because it’s relevant to what’s going on right now. It’s worth taking note that while we were updating the article, we had to add more school shootings since October. Something clearly needs to change.
I prayed for Las Vegas.… but then I went on with my day. And that’s the problem.
We were struck with tragedy in Texas today…
The details will shatter anyone who has a soul. We were also struck with tragedy recently in Las Vegas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico. We’re praying for them too. People are suffering in the Middle East and North Korea and we’re always sending them “prayers and good vibes.” My point is… exactly how hard are we praying? How much are we grieving with them?
Now I’m going to throw myself under the bus here. I posted something on Instagram the day after the Las Vegas shooting. “I’m praying so hard,” I wrote. Of course I prayed for Vegas… but then I went on with my day. I didn’t pray hard enough and the truth is, there’s just so much to pray for. There’s so much to stop and really think about. The strangers who saved lives, the first responders who were there, the ones who didn’t make it, the ones who lost a loved one.
I truly don’t know how many people say “Prayers for _______” and actually get down on their knees or close their eyes and pray for minutes… maybe even hours. But I was one of those people who said “I’m praying,” yet didn’t pray as hard as they deserved. I prayed for Vegas, but I should have prayed again…. and again…. and again. I should have had multiple moments of silence for my brothers and sisters. It’s not enough to just say it. And people say it a lot.
I like to think I have a pretty strong relationship with God. I find prayer extremely useful especially when it comes to healing and grief. I can say this because I, personally, have suffered loss. My point is that it’s so easy to say “I’m praying for you..” but the act of prayer itself is actually a very emotional and pensive process. And the idea of sitting down and really thinking about those who are suffering can be tough.
But it’s only when you really sit down to have a moment of prayer that you realize how many people out there truly need it. Some of us lead busy lives and don’t find the time to sit down and pray. We need to. So “you’re not religious?” It doesn’t mean you can’t take time out of your day to send positive thoughts- to grieve with someone.
At times we can feel helpless when we hear of such tragedies. We don’t know how we can help. This article isn’t meant to call anyone out (except maybe myself), but perhaps it’s meant to encourage even more prayer and genuine positive vibes. #PrayfortheWorld