a reflection by Shirley Colson
In my life, prayer has been essential. Prayer is the very air that I breathe, the water I need every day to live, and the very blood that flows through my veins. Prayer is a lifeline, if you will, to my Creator. A way I can speak to Him freely and praise Him as I feel He should be praised. Prayer is that special time that I have with my Creator that no one can touch or judge. Prayer is where I can speak freely because God knows me; I am His creation. Prayer is so important to me that without it I could not be me; I would be incomplete. Prayer has helped me in my life during the sad times, the hard times, and the joyous times. It has been and has become such an essential part of my life that I cannot be separated from it. Prayer is what I do and prayer is part of me.
As far back as I can remember, God has been my best friend. I learned from a very young age that God loves me unconditionally and that God would never leave me. Little did I know just how important those two statements were going to be in my life. As I sit here, I start to think back over my childhood and young adulthood and realize how many times God saved me. I learned that through prayer I had my own little chatline with God and I used it as a lifeline.
As a youngster I was shown how to pray by my family. My mother raised us Catholic and my father’s side of the family had us in Sunday school at a Southern Baptist church. Thank God I was also introduced to my family’s Native American spirituality, because it would remind me how much my Creator loved me when the other churches were condemning. The God I knew at a young age loved me for me. No matter what other people might have said, my God who created me loved me unconditionally. I am so grateful to those relatives that taught me this and showed me the right path to God’s truth.
Well, I am no longer a child. In fact, I just celebrated my forty-fifth birthday and I am glad to say God is still by my side. Our relationship has grown as I have grown and God has kept me. My lifeline and friendship with my Creator is stronger than ever before and a lot of that has to do with the fact that we stay in constant communication. Prayer is the key, my friends. Of course you have to have faith and believe, but the key to any relationship is communication. Remember, God is that friend you call up any hour of the day and is not ever too busy to talk to you. Isn’t that great? God has time for you. No matter what time of night or morning, God is ready to hear from you and me. That is an awesome gift!
This reflection was originally published as part of MCC San Jose’s weekly reflection series. Please click the following link for more information about MCC San Jose’s weekly reflections.