Prayer brings humility into everything I do. Knowing that I have no power within me to change anything or give anything to anyone, all I can do is pray for them gives immense peace where there was a huge mountain of a problem before. This is why I have to do micro-prayers throughout the day. Anytime I hear something has gone wrong my tendency is to ask how can I fix it, but realizing this problem is bigger than me, I have to pray. The quicker this realization comes, the sooner the crushing feeling of helplessness in the face of the problem goes away. So I can’t hang on to other people’s pain for any amount of time. I have to do that prayer right then and there upon hearing of someone’s difficulties.
From a psychological perspective it seems like absolving yourself or distancing yourself from any responsibility, but from a spiritual perspective, who are you to accept any responsibility for that problem anyways? You are so small compared to everyone else and everyone else’s problems even.
Update at 12am EST: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plan crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles south of Phu Quoc island. *praying again for the families of those lost in this tragedy*