Try praying says the banner.
It blows in the wind which blows the people and the sounds and the smells of fast-food-side-stalls.
Prayer before anything else or there won’t be anything else.
So why did I not pray?
Why could I not pray?
9/11 and a daughter missing.
A phone call abruptly cut off as a Tower collapsed.
Her scream and the line going dead.
Hours of not knowing.
Manhattan had swallowed my daughter.
An eighteen year old daughter and her second day at work.
I could not pray.
I could worry.
I could cry.
I could cling to my family.
But I could not pray.
Words would not come.
Shock took over.
And then friends prayed. Friends there, friends here. Friends nearby and friends far away. Friends with comforting arms outstretched.
I felt cut off. Longing to be back in England because America was closed down. Stranded. But not wanting to leave my daughter.
Wherever she was, however she was.
But sometimes prayer is impossible. Its words will not come. I am stranded – on a mat stranded, unable to help myself. I need carrying friends, friends who will bring me to the feet of Jesus.
Ten years ago I could not pray.
A year ago I could not pray.
A daughter restored but a mother dead.
I need carrying friends. Praying friends. Friends who care.
And then -
I am a carrying friend
a praying friend
For you. To Jesus.
For she who needs your prayer.
For he who cannot pray.
Have you tried?