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1/30/13 – The second major event and really the beginning of my own prayer life occurred when I was about seven years old. I was involved in a rock fight with Chris our neighbor. Struck in the right eye, and bleeding mother rushed me to the hospital.  After extensive testing the doctors told her they did not know if the eye could be saved. They sent me home after bandaging it.

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1/29/13 – Now I know it is not likely, however I clearly remember times during that first year mother rocking me in her rocking chair and singing softly the hymn, I Come to the Garden Alone.” But perhaps the Lord wanted to make sure I never forgot. I have not.

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1/24/13 – In fact from the beginning mother was warned that survival was not likely. Sickly from the beginning the inability to provide enough milk, further complicated the situation. finally, hospitalized, mother was told I would not survive the night. She prayed, I did.

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1/21/13 – So beginning at the beginning where has prayer brought me? The first prayers began with my mother during the first few years of life. Born a twin two months premature in the midst of World War II meant limited abilities to meet the medical needs of an infant.

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1/16/13 – One may believe or disbelieve in this type of communion. Entrance into heaven will not be determined by an individual’s belief on this subject.  But after years of study and reflection, I have concluded that those who desire the experience of this type of prayer life should have it.

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01-13-2013 – This disdain for speaking to others about prayer reached a peak in graduate school.  I was sitting in a class one Wednesday evening, and the topic of prayer came up. One lone individual began to verbalize his experiences with prayer.  It was what I had been taught and practiced all my life. Everyone in the class started criticizing and demeaning the person. I sat in silence. My silence reflected my fear of what people thought. Later, I was ashamed of my silence. I felt I had been disloyal to God. 

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1/10/13 – This incident introduced doubt into my prayer life. I struggled for several years wondering if prayer was a two-way conversation. Then I discovered a little devotional book called Prayers of a Modern Mystic. As I began to read, I was amazed at the author’s descriptions of his prayer life.  It was just as my mother had taught me. Thereafter, I believed and practiced what I had been taught. However, I did refuse to talk with other Christians about prayer. 

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