Alec Baldwin is in hot water. He didn’t turn his cell phone off on a recent American Airlines flight because, supposedly, he wanted to play Words With Friends. I love this game…but not enough to cause a national incident! I highly recommend Words With Friends. It is a great game you can play on your smart phone or iPad. I especially recommend it to all of you with grown sons. The game is a Scrabble-like game that allows you to exchange “words” with someone until they win. I don’t want to brag, but I just sent a word the other day that earned a score of 105. (Okay…I wanted to brag.) When your “friend” sends you a word, your cell phone will make a delightful sound – announcing that it is now your turn to play. In fact, my cell phone just made that sound while I was typing! How cool is that!!
One of the reasons I love this game is that it keeps me in contact with my oldest son. (He is the one whose hand is pictured in my previous post.) It is just a short contact from afar, but I’ll take it. There is a small “chat” button on the bottom of game that allows you to send a short message. This works well because he is not my “talkative” son. When I am on a girl’s trip with my friends there is one cell phone that rings several times a day. Those calls are for my friend who has a daughter. The other three of us might go the whole day without a phone call. We have sons. I’m not sure but I think it is a technological malfunction with the “call” button on their phones. At least that is what we choose to tell ourselves while we finish our salads, and our friend finishes her phone call.
I’m sure God would like to hear from his “kids” more often too. Clement of Alexandria said, “Prayer is conversation with God.” When was the last time you had a good, long conversation with your Maker? I love the brief notes I exchange with my child via the “Chat” button – but I love even more, the long conversations about the important aspects of life. The same is true with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 reads, “Pray continually.” I always wondered how it was possible to do that. If that is the requirement, who but the strictest of priests or nuns could ever achieve that? Prayer is the way we talk to God. Every time we offer a thought, a word or a need to God, we talk with him. How many times will you do that today? I like to think that praying is to a soul, what breathing is to a body – necessary to life. If your spiritual life is lagging, pray. If you lack joy, pray and ask God “why?” If you need wisdom, pray and ask the One who is completely wise. And if you need peace, pray to receive God’s perfect peace.
Victor Hugo said, “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” Another way to say that might be, “You can exchange words with your perfect, holy ‘Friend’ anytime you want…even on an airplane!”