The Mystery of Prayer


Luke with his Alligator that soothes him.

Luke with his Alligator that soothes him.

Almost all of us have something we can not do without. My son with autism has a big alligator he carrys where ever he goes. The crocodile has more miles on it than I care to mention. When Luke walks around in public with his alligator, it is no doubt others become aware of his disability. Most folks are very kind and just gaze at him. Sometimes it is curiosity that sparks people to stare. Sometimes I would explain how the toy helps Luke to be anchored and calm. It is interesting how strangers are so intrigued by Luke and his alligator. They find it fascinating that Luke has been carrying his alligator with him for several years now. In fact, we keep a supply of them around when one breaks.
When I think of Luke’s anchor, I am reminded of my own. It is invisible. However, I have not used it as consistently as Luke uses his. It is prayer in my life. My prayer life consists of a simple rhythm of words I put together to help me deal with life’s challenges. Usually I pray utilizing The Lord’s Prayer centered around doing right,forgiveness, safety, and last but not least allowing me to be used by God to help others in their time of need.
In all honesty, prayer has not come easy to me but I know it leads me to focus on God more. This changes perspectives and attitudes. Prayer also reminds me of our desperate need for forgiveness. Just as we can die from lack of food, we can die from lack of forgiveness. To starve from lack of food is one thing, but to starve from a lack of forgiveness brings it to a whole new level.
Prayer is a mystery to me. It will stay that way I am sure, but it is a good mystery. I know God is watching over me and that is soothing. For Luke, an inanimate object calms and soothes him. For me, it is the invisible. I thank God that Luke is comforted with the alligator. It would be horrible if nothing comforted him. I am also reminded that as I do pray God does have a sense of humor. Who would have ever thought a big alligator from Toys R Us could have such a powerful hold on my son? That is the same powerful hold I seek with God.
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15 thoughts on “The Mystery of Prayer

    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Thank you so much. I appreciate that. I look at my son and am reminded every day of the goodness of God. It is only through God we are made whole. Luke will be whole one day I am sure.

  1. Sylvia

    Great post, Alecia! It could have been me writing it. The only difference in it would be instead of Luke and his alligator it would be Bethany and her giant marble!

  2. Donna

    Love your blog! I agree with you about prayer. I have constant conversations with God and Jesus all day. Good thing we don’t have to pay per prayer πŸ˜‰

  3. pishnguyen

    Such a beautiful post. I love the way you are able to show your son’s beauty to the rest of us. That is such an incredible gift.

    I got out of the habit of praying for a long, long time. Many years — and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started trying to get back to it. I’m still not as consistent as I would like to be, but I’m getting there. Each day is a step forward. πŸ™‚

    1. alesiablogs Post author

      I started a bible study and we meet at my home. I decided to talk about prayer more and am glad we are doing that. So this post was in dedication to that. You know finding wonder in the ordinary as well as the extraordinary. I am still working on my prayer life…It is a work in progress. thank you so much for reading.

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