Are Prayers Like Pixie Dust?

Sorry, but no matter how hard you pray, you might not win the lottery, avoid sickness, escape disaster, death, loss, or pain.

Prayers are not bargains. There’s no “If I do this, give me that.” We won’t be able to pull a rabbit out of our hats. But prayers are still magic. Prayers can still give us the ability to cope with any situation we find ourselves in.

Pray in whatever language you want. First, say thank you. A sincere thank you for everything you still have. Say thank you for your eyelashes, your funny-looking toenails, the shell-like curves of your ears. Be grateful for the toast, the melting butter, the cup of hot coffee. Try to say thank you for every little thing in your life that you take for granted. Knowing and appreciating what we already have is prayer.

Then pray for the strength you need for any task facing you. If you’re about to have a difficult conversation, don’t rehearse the lines in your head. Pray only for the right words to be given to you at the right time. Pray to keep silent long enough to hear the words—they will come for you.

Pray for all those you resent. Really. Pray that they be granted everything you pray for yourself. Pray for their health, happiness and prosperity. Now, that’s magic because the resentments will lift. You will be amazed.

If you’re praying for the patience to wait for something you really want, remember that waiting time is not wasting time. You’re still doing what you’re supposed to be doing.

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it,” said Danny in Chaim Potok‘s The Chosen.

Prayers might not change your situation but they do work like magic. They are like pixie dust. Sprinkle them around you and watch what happens.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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4 Responses to Are Prayers Like Pixie Dust?

  1. Hi Diana,
    Love the analogy that prayers are like pixie dust. 🙂

  2. Another wonderful, specific post, Diana. I grew up learning that prayer was, first and foremost, talking to God. Being angry was okay; God was strong enough to handle it.
    I also learned that prayer was less about changing circumstances and the world, and more about changing myself and my attitude.

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