Yup, that would be my Grandmother.
“Prayer,” he said, “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.”
Pray always and do not lose heart because prayer is a paradox. Prayer changes nothing. And, prayer changes absolutely everything. Prayer changes the question, often from “Why me? Why now?” to “Okay, me. What now?”
And, most importantly, prayer changes the one who prays. I’ve learned that courage is just fear that you walk through, anyway.