Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Few Cats

I'm not really sure how many cats my parents have. It looks like a big pile of fur when they feed them. I shot the video below when I was up there for Christmas:

Mike Huckabee Phone a Prayer

The video below is of Mike Huckabee delivering a prayer at a gathering of governors. My comments are below.

Some people have been critical of this, but what I like about it is that it is a reminder that God is a real person who speaks to us on a personal level. I don't think God is going to be calling me on my cellphone, but prayer has become a token guesture that we use to show how dedicated to God we are. At times it may become a ritual. In church we have set times when we pray. At home we pray before every meal. We may have our prayers memorized. At social gatherings a person may use prayer as a speech to the audience. When we pray, are we really talking to God or are we doing it because it is the thing to do? Do we really think God hears us and will answer or are we doing it because it is expected and then we will go do what we planned on doing anyway? Do we really believe that the committments we make in our time of prayer are real or are we going to back out of them as soon as those around us quit listening. God is real. Prayer is a direct line of communication with God. God may not call us up on a cell phone, but when we talk to him it should be as real to us as if we were talking to a friend or family member over the phone.