scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: The Five Finger Prayer
Charles W. Pourciau (pourciau@EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Nov 18 1999 - 21:13:16 CST
Thank you Lorie for this. I hope it gets everyone thinking.
Peace to all,
The Five Finger Prayer
1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for
those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our
loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty".
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach,
instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They
need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep
them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our
leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and
administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public
opinion. They need God's guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact
that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It
should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.
They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which
is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As
the Bible says, "the least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinky
should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for
the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper
perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight; just remember the
homeless family who has no bed to lie in. Should you find yourself
stuck in traffic; don't despair. There are people in this world for whom
driving is an unheard of privilege. Should you have a bad day at
work; Think of the man who has been out of work for the last three
months. Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the
person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in
return. Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the
woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week,
for $15.00 to feed her family. Should your car break down, leaving you
miles away from assistance, Think of the paraplegic who would love the
opportunity to take that walk. Should you notice a new gray hair in the
mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to
examine. Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering; what is life
all about, what is my purpose? Be thankful, there are those who didn't
live long enough to get the opportunity. Should you find yourself the
victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse. You could be them!!!