Scott Morrison is a genuine Christian – of course he’s going to pray – Sydney Morning Herald

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Even the renowned prime ministerial critic Mike Carlton was moved this week to remind Twitter that "Morrison is shouldering a burden unmatched by any other Prime Minister".We must remember prayer is a non-partisan activity: according to the Pew Research Centre, the same number of Democrats and Republicans pray every day. People who pray are less likely to drink, be depressed, and more likely to be selfless in relationships.There is also some evidence that praying, instead of distracting from the task at hand, focuses it. A 2013 study from Georgia State University found that “praying about a problem appeared to liberate cognitive resources that are presumably otherwise consumed by worry and rumination, leaving individuals better able to process other information, and additionally to bias attention to favour detection of problem-relevant information”.Some pray, some meditate, others still the mind. It’s the time for it.There have been some beautiful prayers circling the internet lately. Like this one from Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, that went viral for good reason. It reads, in part: So we pray and we remember that: Yes there is fear.But there does not have to be hate.Yes there is isolation.But there does not have to be loneliness.Yes there is panic buying.But there does not have to be meanness.Yes there is sickness.But there does not have to be disease of the soulYes there is even death.But there can always be a rebirth of love.LoadingMy favourite Lutheran pastor, Nadia Bolz Weber tweeted, “Morning by morning, new mercies I see. Also, things I need my waxer to deal with eventually.” She has also, like so many others, prayed for those who care for the sick, for those who grieve in isolation, for the caregivers, the grocery workers, the grieving, and "for the ability to turn off the fear-mongering and unhelpful commentary and worst-case scenario click bait, strengthen us".Let’s not scoff at prayer; millions are reaching to God and the good, hoping we can somehow survive. Let’s be gentle with each other.Julia Baird is the author of Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and the things that sustain you when the world goes dark.Lockdown by Brother RichardYes there is fear.Yes there is isolation.Yes there is panic buying.Yes there is sickness.Yes there is even death.But,They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noiseYou can hear the birds again.They say that after just a few weeks of quietThe sky is no longer thick with fumesBut blue and grey and clear.They say that in the streets of AssisiPeople are singing to each otheracross the empty squares,keeping their windows openso that those who are alonemay hear the sounds of family around them.They say that a hotel in the West of IrelandIs offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.Today a young woman I knowis busy spreading fliers with her numberthrough the neighbourhoodSo that the elders may have someone to call on.Today churches, synagogues, mosques and templesare preparing to welcomeand shelter the homeless, the sick, the wearyAll over the world people are slowing down and reflectingAll over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new wayAll over the world people are waking up to a new realityTo how big we really are.To how little control we really have.To what really matters.To Love.So we pray and we remember thatYes there is fear.But there does not have to be hate.Yes there is isolation.But there does not have to be loneliness.Yes there is panic buying.But there does not have to be meanness.Yes there is sickness.But there does not have to be disease of the soulYes there is even death.But there can always be a rebirth of love.Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.Today, breathe.Listen, behind the factory noises of your panicThe birds are singing againThe sky is clearing,Spring is coming,And we are always encompassed by Love.Open the windows of your soulAnd though you may not be ableto touch across the empty square,SingMost Viewed in NationalLoading
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