It was a good first week of the Mets’ 2015 baseball season, coming on the heels of the Spring holiday celebrations of rebirth and freedom from oppression. With an opening week of 3-3, and a 2-0 win in front of a record 43,947 crowd on opening day at Citi Field, followed by a 6-5 win on day 2 at home, a friend and Mets fan said, ‘It’s working! Thank you for starting Pray4Mets!’ Of course, the gratitude goes upstairs.
Doubting Thomases did put in their two cents: from a friend:
Pray for the Mets? Are you crazy? I’ll pray for you, instead!
And from a mature minister, who has managed most everything life has to offer:
This is a formidable challenge, praying for the Mets.
So, how does one pray for the Mets? The successful e-faith interface started in 1999, beliefnet.com, offers eleven tabs under ‘Faiths & Prayer,’ but there’s no tab for The Amazins. Here’s our own mini ‘BeliefMet.com:’
- Ask.com and eHow offer good general resources, including a 6-step plan that can be amplified by your own experience, practice and vision.
- Ready-to-speak prayers:
From Judaism (also recognized in Christianity and Islam), the Shema is an all-purpose prayer.
Catholics invoke St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost things, lost causes, and miracles. Find more here: prayers to St. Anthony.
From the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, a useful amendment of Prayer 25:
For those in the Mets community
We commend to your gracious care and
keeping all the members of our team, for home games
and away games. Defend them day by day with your heavenly
grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give
them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant
them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be… Amen
Teasing out the glorious potential of humankind between April and October…share your ‘how-to’ thoughts and prayers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Maureen Edelson