thoughts & prayers

When I hear offers of ‘thoughts and prayers’ I wonder about the follow through and if there’s no gesture less cliché or with more substance to take its place? Can’t we make deliberately better offstage promises and bigger differences for those we care about?

Next time, to express concerns or condolences, consider the alternative that if you truly want to think and pray for someone, say nothing, lose the comment and cliché, and just take a knee. The silent prayer of the righteous man accomplishes much more than offering what’s become a less than consoling comment ever will.