Where the heart really is

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Religion itself is a very touchy subject with most people and an area I don't like debating. I'll tell you what I believe if you want to hear it, but I'll leave the debate to my husband who lives for such an opportunity.

Prayer is an important part of my life and probably is with most people. Prayer has helped me through many tough decisions and brings a peace to me when nothing else can.

I'm sure God has a great sense of humor because He gave us laughter which is a cure for a lot of things. Listening to a child pray has many times brought me to tears as well as laughter. A friend's grandson was saying the prayer before a meal recently when he innocently thanked God for letting his Mamaw cook waffles. He knew exactly what he was thankful for and he wanted God to know about it. I think we should all pray this innocently.

I was watching "Entertainment Tonight" this week and they were reporting on Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo. Those two make the news wherever they go, I guess. I'm not a big sports fan so the name Tony Romo didn't mean anything to me. (Sorry!) As far as Jessica Simpson goes, the only thing I remember about her is that her version of "These Boots Were Made for Walking" really wasn't as good as Nancy Sinatra's -- Simpson just wore a lot less clothes. (I'm telling my age for sure this time!)

So, what does ET, Simpson and Romo have to do with prayer? Well, the reporter said that according to Simpson, she and Romo connected "spiritually" and prayed together before each meal and before bed. That got my attention!

There is a movie which came out in 2000 called "Where the Heart Is." It starred Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing and was about a young girl who has a baby in Wal-Mart. I really like this movie and have watched it several times. There's a lot more to it than this, but one part immediately came to mind when I heard the report say that Simpson and Romo pray before bed.

In the movie, Channing plays a "unique" southern lady with a heart of gold who takes the young mother and her baby into her home. Her name is Thelma "Sister" Husband and her gentleman friend is named Mr. Sprock. As the three characters sit down for a meal, they join hands and Sister Husband leads the prayer. It goes like this:

"Dear Lord, we ask that you bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies. And we ask forgiveness, Lord, for the fornication that Mr. Sprock and me committed this morning on this very table."

The prayer basically remains the same throughout the movie with only the location changing.

Remembering this made me wonder if Simpson and Romo might be able to borrow this movie prayer every once in a while.

Simpson and Romo praying together before meals and bed -- that just doesn't seem to fit into the lifestyle of this celebrity couple.

But, who am I to judge these two or their prayers? I'm sure there have been times when my prayers have made God laugh out loud. I'm just thankful He created laughter along with grace.