Prayer: What does it do?

Earlier this year, a Sentinel editor was manning a Christian Science booth at an outdoor festival. The centerpiece of the booth was a “prayer tree”: a spreading branch that had been planted in a large pot, with dozens of small hooks covering the branch. Passersby were invited to write down their prayers—for the community, for others, for themselves—and add them to the tree.

The prayer tree attracted a reasonable number of responses, and the morning passed without incident until a young girl stopped at the table with her parents. After the editor explained the prayer tree to her, she pointed to it and asked, “But what does it do?”

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December 16, 2013
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