Do You Pray?

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PrayerRheumatoid Arthritis Guy is in a pensive mood today, and finds himself wondering more about the thoughts of others than his own thoughts. (No, this is not one of those “what are other people going to think about me?” moments.)

I really am curious about what others who live with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases think about a certain topic, which has been on my mind a lot recently.

So here goes. Do you pray? (And by prayer, I am referring to all forms of prayer, from religious to spiritual to energy-based.) If so, what do you pray for, in regards to the illness with which you live?

Do you pray for the pain to go away? Do you pray that you will learn to accept and live with the pain? Do you pray for continued strength? Do you pray for the progression of your illness to slow down? Do you pray for remission? Do you pray for your illness to go away completely? Do you pray that a cure for these diseases will be found during our lifetime?

To be honest, I don’t really pray myself (which might be obvious by the questions that I just asked). I do meditate, but during these sessions I generally tend to free my mind of thoughts. My understanding of prayer is that one focuses their mind on certain thoughts and wishes, which seems to be the opposite of what I do when I meditate.

A while back, I was asked if I hope that a cure for rheumatoid arthritis might be found in my lifetime. My answer was that no, I do not hope for such a thing. I was not trying to be dismissive or cruel…the fact of the matter was that this thought really does not often cross my mind.

But since then, I’ve been wondering: Should I hope for this cure?

And with this questions comes a larger question: Should I start incorporating prayer – in whatever form that I find comfortable – into my life? Obviously, I consider the presence of this question on my mind as a strong indicator of the direction that I need move in.

I just don’t know where to start.

So while I am asking a very personal question, I would appreciate any feedback that others may have on this topic. It just might help me clarify some of the thoughts and questions that continue to bounce around in my head, and allow me to take that next step forward.

Thank you in advance for any support that you might be able to provide.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!