Resources for Prayer and Devotions
Meditations from Carol Dean Henn
Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14
Norman Vincent Peale, the renowned pastor and author who emphasized ‘the power of positive thinking,’ had a wonderful custom. As he walked on the street, rode in the subway, or found himself in a crowd, he would send ‘shooting prayers’ toward complete strangers; sending them feelings of love, and silently asking God to bless them and to meet whatever needs they had. Often, to Peale’s delight and amazement, the individuals to whom he was directing these silent prayers would turn around, catch Peale’s eye, and smile.
Something in that sending of a prayer – linking the one praying, God, and the one prayed for – connected spirit to spirit in a brief, wondrous moment. It isn’t only the great, enormous things in life that we should do in love. We can do small and even secret things in love. The size of the prayer or the deed doesn’t matter. It is the love that matters.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA