The picture was what we kids called his “High School Graduation” picture. You know, the one of him in profile, with his long hair beautifully combed, and the perfect back-lighting?
As teens, we kids called him “Drag Queen Jesus”. Ruffled cuffs and neck, lace up to his arm pits, a crown on his head, he was usually holding the world in one hand, a wand in the other. You prayed to him if a child was sick.
Always a good bishop, he just wants to make sure you can articulate why you think he's wrong.
Prayer doesn’t change anything. And, prayer changes everything.
Mostly, prayer changes everything, because prayer changes me. It changes my focus. It makes me less self-centered. It makes me care more about others. And, it makes me aware that I am part of a vast, interconnected network and I’m not alone. People who have come before, people who are here, now, and people who are yet to come are all standing with me. That Jesus is with me because I am with others and they are with me."
You helped us to pray always and, most importantly, to not lose heart. And we are, forever and eternally, grateful debtors to that prayer.
So, pray always and do not lose heart. Because, God is listening and waiting for your prayer.
And, because prayer changes nothing. And, it changes absolutely everything.