Have You Lost Faith In Humanity?

First, let me begin by saying, with heartfelt sincerity, that I have SO much to be thankful for. Just to get up in the morning and greet a new day means the world to me.

However, I am human, and I sometimes get discouraged with all the negativity that surfaces on this planet. Examples are: complacency, rudeness, mediocrity, vulgar song lyrics, child abuse, animal cruelty, murder, domestic violence and hatred -as manifested on the news, internet, in violent movies and television shows.

It is during these times I often question if there is any goodness left in our world? I believe that answer came to me last fall during my morning walk.

It was early November, and the air was clean and brisk. I was circling a church parking lot and enjoying steaming hot coffee in my thermos. Daylight was slowly approaching. Suddenly I stopped. Underneath one of the parking lot lights, I spotted a man in a hooded sweatshirt on his knees, praying. He had his dog with him, who stood, statuesque, patiently waiting for his master.

I stood there in awe. The sight of that man on his knees confirmed to me that God IS in control of everything. I truly believe I was meant to be there to witness that moment in time. I then recalled a recent event I had been following on the news: The miners who were trapped over a mile under the earth in Chile. I had been praying for them for weeks while multitudes of people cared so much that they spent hours and hours contributing to their rescue. Every man was saved.

Although I keep a list of all the things I am thankful for, I think I am most grateful for having seen that man in prayer.

Since that day, I have seen him two more times during my walk. Each time I whisper my own personal request that this man's prayers will be answered.

It is simple moments like these that always restore my faith in humanity. I truly believe in my heart that although there is evil on this earth, there are many, many good, kind and wonderful people. These are the things I need to focus on.

I thank God for that encounter in the parking lot with an unknown man whom I refer to as "The Prayer Guy."

Blessings, Sparklea :)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

How inspiring and lovely! God speaks to us through so many different people and unusual ways. You have encouraged my heart today!


Sparklea 4 years ago

teaches12345 THANK YOU. I felt so humbled that morning when I saw that man with his pet. I shared this story in a speech at my Toastmasters Club too. I so appreciate your feedback. Blessings, Sparklea :)


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Sparklea:

I try to read one of your hubs every couple of days. I have been a writer of sorts for 35 years, newspapers and PR, but you have a natural gift. I know, that despite my current situation, I have much to be thankful for and acknowledge that everyday in prayer--short but to the point. However, I guess I have been guilty of only being thankful of the things that are personal to me and my family. I think I will be looking at things a little differently in the future.

By the way, I use to belong to Toastmasters. Made it to CTM and was President of the Club. We had too many clubs in our city and our membership sank to the point that it could not continue.

I have a hunch you are a very popular speaker in your club.

Larry


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Larry, THANK YOU! I can tell you are a genuine, sincere individual, and you write from your heart. And your writing is VERY, VERY good! I so appreciate your comments. I was in Toastmasters 16 years, made it to ATM Bronze, and held a few offices, including President. We both know the stress involved. I am positive you gave some excellent speeches. Mine centered on inspirational. Didn't like the manuals, wanted to beat to my own drum.

Thank you for your saying I have a natural gift. I have never, ever thought that I did. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

teaches12345 THANK YOU, I felt so humbled when I saw that man with his pet. I shared this story in a speech at my Toastmasters Club too. I so appreciate your feedback, blessings, Sparklea :) PS: I re wrote this, as I failed to sign in, and I don't know if you would see it or be notified that I answered your comment. STILL learning the ropes with the HubPages.


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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Wonderful sentiment and story. I can relate to this on many levels. Thanks!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

THANK YOU Faceless39. My purpose is to inspire and encourage anyone who reads my material. SO appreciate feedback. Blessings, Sparklea


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

If you had my experiences, you would never question God. I walked away and he came to get me.

I have lost faith in some people, but there is even hope for them. I can relate to the scene you saw, It could have been me.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

What a wonderful comment, WD!

THANK YOU! I could not get out of bed in the morning if not for my faith in God. I thank God for the incredible people I am meeting on HubPages. I so appreciate your comments! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sparklea Another sister in Christ. Glory to God Amen? You have a beautiful way with expressing your heartfelt thoughts. Thank you for sharing a precious story. I would say that you are Holy Spirit inspired and led, child of God. I read a comment of yours and came over for a visit. I am grateful I was led here. Great to meet you. Count me in your list of fans. Look forward to reading more. Love In Christ your sista


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

skye2day: Oh, what a beautiful note! THANK YOU from my heart! Means so much to get feedback like yours and it encourages me to keep writing! Blessings to you~Great to meet you also! Sparklea :)


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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

I am so happy to have stumbled across your Hubs.

I think I'm going to read-EM all.

You make me feel what you are feeling.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Jerami, What a wonderful comment, you made my day! What an honor for you to say that. I am humbled, thrilled and so glad to be following you! Blessings always, Sparklea :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Sparklea,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your true account of the "The Prayer Guy!" I am always amazed when God opens my eyes to what He would have me see each day, and I praise Him for it. Thank you for sharing your powerful thoughts here in this wonderful hub.

Voted way up+++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I love the way you think.Each day is a blessing and we just have to keep looking to see what the blessing may be.I know we all get skeptical in life and seeing all the worlds worst fears come true.Then the sun shines again and another day starts and later will come to an end.I am so blessed to be alive and the rest for me is unbelievable.Thanx for being a friend and sharing God and all things in life that are beautiful.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Dream On: THANK YOU for taking time to read this and for your positive feedback! Seeing that man on his knees praying affected me so deeply, especially with the dog standing by, so still, almost in prayer too.

It is so worth it to take time to notice these mini-blessings during our sojourn on earth. I still look for him on my walks, and, with Spring on its way I hope to see him again. God bless you real good, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Faith, I am SO behind and just came across this comment, and Thank you from my heart. I see you wrote it 3 months ago, and I am certain it was when I was so ill and in and out of the hospital ...still finding nuggets in hubpages. Yes, that experience had such a positive impact on me. It is in the simple behavior of others we can see God working in that person's life, as well as our own. God bless you, and I WILL get back to you with your other comments and notes to me. Sparklea :)

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