Some of you may remember the six-year old who hid behind a column and prayed for the fat lady at the circus. This was not my mom’s only encounter with the healing power of ‘Thy will be done’ at the age of six.
On another occasion her family was traveling on the subway. A bit down the car from them was a man who was obviously drunk. He was talking loudly and causing a disturbance.
My little mom, age six, closed her eyes and turned her thoughts to God, praying again: “Thy will be done!”
The man quieted down.
As they were leaving the train, the man walked up and shook hands with my grandfather. He said, “Thank you for what this little girl was thinking about me.”
That’s the part that always astonished me. On that crowded train, how did the man know who was praying for him? Nor is this the only time this happened. Once as an adult, Mom found herself on a subway train in a very similar situation. Again she prayed, this time to know that Man is created in the Image and Likeness of God. Again, the man fell quiet and, again, he came up as she got off the train, looking sober and all put together, and thanked her. He shook her hand and said, “I don’t know what you have, but it certainly is strong!”
How did these men know who had prayed for them on a crowded train?