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Keep Your Prayers

“I would trade ten thousand prayers for a single phone call asking how I am doing” FeatherLeaf

“Faith without deeds is death” God

The call of Love is to meet the needs of the people wherever they are. If they are hungry feed them. If they are lonely visit them. We should be here for one another. 

Beggar photoI was greatly disturbed yesterday by a phone conversation. I was talking to a brother in my church who recently took the position of ‘minister’. He was aware of my situation. My wife Sylvia suffers from dementia. As such I am home bound except for doctor visits or when a friend relieves me. This brother has been aware of my situation but hasn’t given me a phone call. Instead he was ‘praying for me’. On the phone call yesterday, where I reached out to him to congratulate him on his new ministry, I suggested that he drop by for an hour when he got the chance. I was informed that he was ‘too busy’ and ‘had no time’ but he was praying for me.

Action is the only thing that brings results. Prayer and well wishes are good but they are empty without action.

I am reading a biography about James Wright. One interesting thing about biographies is that they give you a glimpse into the time frame when the  person was alive. Thus a biography is also a history book to some extent. The book talked about seven people who got arrested for some form of protest. They were facing the death penalty on charges of insurrection. What happened was that there were massive protests throughout the country. The government backed down and relented.

People are always saying what will it take to impeach Donald Trump? Let me stay neutral on the issue pro or con. But I can still answer the question. If you want to impeach Donald Trump you pour out on the streets demanding such action and in the process disrupt the day by day activity. The authorities will notice and like the cowards and bullies that they are they will back down and acquiesce.

Revolution and reform are two different concepts. Revolution means a permanent change in the system while reform means improving the system. When the slaves were emancipated it was a revolutionary change. I know very little really changed but still the laws changed. Reform is changes within the system, like FDR’s new deal.

What happens in history is that the masses’ lot in life continue to slip worse and worse. They get angry at being hungry, not having the good things in life, being looked down upon, etc. By necessity of survival they organize and in a unified state they make demands. Along with these demands they take action, such as the recent strike of teachers in West Virginia.

Now here is the thing. The people who hold the wealth and power don’t care about anybody but themselves. They are quite content with a little friction and suffering as long as they aren’t the ones that are suffering. They only give in to change when they feel a risk of losing everything. Think about a pot on a fire on a stove. If you don’t let some of the pressure out the whole thing is going to blow up.

Now when people advocate for reforms the people in power mock and laugh at them. Say like raising the pay from ten dollars an  hour to fifteen dollars an hour. Both pay rates are starvation wages. The powers that be don’t feel threatened at all by such demands, at worst if they capitulate they simply lose some of their profits. That is how reformists operate.

But revolutionaries however are held with great fear. Instead of asking for a meager pay raise they demand a change in system. In fact they propose to get rid of private ownership and give all the resources of the land the people. Revolutionaries propose an egalitarian society in every way. Some even suggest violent methods to achieve these goals calling for the hangman’s noose and the guillotine  for the rich.

Now revolutionaries are usually the minority but historically a small group of people could lead the masses in revolt. So what happens is that the rich people in control cut a deal with the reformists. Not because of anything the reformists did but for fear of the revolutionaries. The poor people’s lot in life improve for a while. Time passes and all the gains are eventually taken away. You see real progress is only made when the system itself is changed.

So here is the lesson. Actions speak louder than words. Demand everything you are entitled to and settle for nothing less. God gave this world to all of humanity and the rulers of this land stole it from the people. Revolutionaries may always fail in bringing about revolutionary change but they are the key in bringing about reform. The more radical you are the more your voice counts. The more actions you do the more you will be heard.

Thank you for posting on Facebook, but I’ d trade a thousand posts on Facebook for a protester on the street with a sign, talking to people face to face about the issues.

The more you can do for your fellow human being the better off you are. People remember things, at least some of them. I’ve learned in life that when you help other people they feel indebted to you. If you were a blessing to others when your time of need comes they will be there for you.

Check out my revolutionary book of poetry “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”.

Keep Your Prayers

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Keep Your Prayers. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from


Last updated: 7 Mar 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Mar 2018
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