Thoughts, Prayers, and Actions

In response to recent domestic terrorist attacks, many politicians responded by saying that their “thoughts and prayers” were with the victims and their families. This created a (not unreasonable) backlash from those who want action. But thought, prayer, and action need not be separate activities, the first two should lead to and guide the third. In my experience, when faced with an especially difficult dilemma, thinking and praying about it, before acting is almost always the best way to respond. Thoughts and prayers* are not enough in and of themselves, but they are an essential starting point.

*I often think of “thoughts and prayers” as two sides of the same coin. I often have trouble telling where my thoughts end and my prayers begin. It often happens that Christians who say “I’ll think about that” and those who say “I’ll pray about that” mean very much the same thing.