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A House of Prayer

steward july2020The kids had finally settled down, and Brian was asleep on the couch. They hadn’t meant to argue, but the financial pressures of the last few months were beginning to take their toll on Marie and her husband. She’d loved him since they were kids themselves. Who could have predicted cutbacks at the plant would follow unexpected medical bills? Brian said they’d be fine, and she wanted to believe him. They had survived difficulties before, but she’d been more in tune with her faith then. Marie decided to take a short walk.

She kissed the kids and left Brian a note. They lived a short block and half from their parish church, which she reached in just minutes. One of her best friends attended a church that often locked their doors. Not her Catholic parish. She entered the cool front foyer and sensed the comfort that greeted her each time. Soon kneeling, she began to pray, and the load lightened. God embraced her in a house of prayer.        

The Lord long ago established his house as a place of prayer. “All who keep the Sabbath free without profaning it and hold fast to my covenant, them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:6b-7).                   

The spiritual component of life is a constant. At times of great need, there is a longing that only connection to God through prayer can adequately address. Marie found comfort in her local parish church, on her knees, in prayer to a listening Lord. Could Marie pray at home? Of course. Yet, there’s just something about prayer in your own house of worship. It is a house of prayer.


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