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James Foley and prayer

James Foley and prayer

As we learn more about the life and faith of James Foley following his execution at the hands of ISIS, Alana Massey at Religion Dispatches writes about Foley’s prayer life:

In the absence of any evidence, we cannot know whether James Foley maintained his religious faith throughout the nightmarish ordeal. But one can hope that whatever sense he had that he was prayed for, that he was loved from afar, and that his spirit was present with them in absentia did stay with him—and that it remains with his loved ones today.

In describing how he and a colleague prayed together, he writes “It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.” If prayer can break through the despair of silence and solitude for those in need or trouble, then prayer works indeed.

For the full story please visit Religion Dispatches here.


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