I have often wondered why the phrase "thoughts and prayers" became so often used. My conclusion, and mind you this is just my opinion, is that those who use the phrase foolishly believe it lets them off the hook for coming up with intelligent solutions or taking action in some way. It is like saying I have feelings about these people who are being murdered even though I don't do anything that might prevent future murders. It is almost like saying "this is God's responsibility and not mine." In other words, we are offering prayers to the Big Guy In The Sky God to do something so we don't have to. It is in reality a form of blasphemy.
As the American Mystic Ernest Holmes writes: "Spirit responds to us by corresponding to our states of thought. We enter into Spirit in such degree as we comprehend It. It enters into us through correspondence in such degree as we comprehend It. Prayer, communion with Spirit, and meditation or contemplation are for the purpose of unifying our minds with the Universal Mind, opening up the avenues of our thought to a greater influx." In other words, our prayers should be that the Intelligence which is G-d will bring into our mind the right solution, the right action to take, and the courage and integrity to follow through. It seems our government leaders are mostly all ignorant of this. The Infinite has endowed us with intelligence but it is up to us to choose to use this intelligence and to choose to take intelligent action to solve the issues of our world.
These words from the Master Mind Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew 18:2-6 should give the government leaders of America who tell us how Christian they are something to consider: “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to be harmed, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
The American President, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and the NRA funded Marco Rubio need to decide, which do you love more? ... the money you receive from the NRA or our children? The Intelligence that created these men will guide them to the right decision, if they let It.
Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates