Are Thoughts and Prayers Enough?

Are Thoughts and Prayers Enough?

Are Thoughts and Prayers Enough?

November 10, 2017

Beloved of God, I’ve been asking myself this question after hearing so many people make this statement after every horrific tragedy, especially mass shootings. And I think the Bible has something to say about this. In the book of James, it says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (2:14-17) Gun violence isn’t inevitable. What is the role of the church in the face of gun violence? I found these statements about prayer from other faith leaders around the country, and from Eco-Justice Notes a blog by Rev. Peter Sawtell.

“Ultimately, prayer also forces us back into the world. We cannot praise God for divine acts of justice and mercy without hearing the call to imitate God through our own actions. Prayer is necessary but never sufficient.”

” I want people to stop going to church and start being the church” … I want them to stop praying with their thoughts and start praying with their bodies and their votes and their voices.”

” Simply stating that your thoughts and prayers are with someone is meaningless unless you are actively engaging in and with the pain and suffering in the world — and doing something about it.”


As we have been celebrating the saints this month. We learned that

* saints are those who have suffered and who share in the suffering of others

* Saints are a part of living God’s story of healing, saving, and restoring

* Saint act out of gratitude for God’s gifts of abundance


I pray that God will use us to pray and to act.

In Christ’s Shalom

Pastor Janine

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