The Vaccine Of Prayer


How much immunity from a single prayer?
How long does it last
Before needing a booster prayer?
What is the prescription?
Once, twice, three times daily?
Before, with, or after a meal?

Do the elderly need to pray more than the young,
Fighting off the demons of old age?

What about the young?
So unaware of consequence,
So smug.
Are they temporarily forgiven
Despite their lack of prayer?

The recklessness of young and old alike
Cry out for contemplation,
Contemplation that engenders prayer.

Yet praying may become a rehearsed recitation,
A wish list.

What are we really asking for?
What do we really need?




~ Russ Allison Loar
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