Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Manziel and Miley


Shelia Walsh’s Tweet read, “Praying for our children today that in the self-destructive world they will know the grace, mercy and redemptive love of Christ.” These words made me think of young people in the media lately who could us a little mercy, grace and redemption.

I didn’t see Miley Cyrus’ performance on a TV awards show, but I heard it was a mess which is sad since to many she was still Hannah Montana. If that was a burden to her, she laid it down the other night when she tramped around in front of millions of people.

Since she is an actress who played the part of Hannah to perfection, maybe she’s just pretending to be a tramp. Next week she may decide to play Mother Teresa but the videos of her raunchy performance will never go away.

The first Saturday of college football was met with excitement at our house. The first game was Texas A&M and Texas Christian. Everybody knows that A&M’s young quarterback, Johnny Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy last year. This apparently is the kiss of death.

Now the press hounds his every move. He’s twenty years old and has done some silly things which have been all over the news. Research tells us that the male brain isn’t fully developed until twenty-one so Manziel is a ripe field for the press to plow.

After missing the first half of the game, “Johnny Football” took the field and threw three touchdown passes. A&M won, but the commentators went on and on about Manziel pointing a finger at the scoreboard after a TCU player taunted him and caused A&M a fifteen yard penalty. Stating concern for his character (or lack thereof) the announcers were reluctant to offer any mercy.

Tim Tebow didn’t fare much better with the media when they announced (gleefully?) that he was now a free agent. Being the class act that he is, Tebow issued a statement giving both grace and mercy to the team that cut him.

Tebow has lived a consistently purposeful life based on his values. All the NFL has provided is disrespect, and a perfect example of what the Bible says will happen to those who walk the walk and talk the talk.

Mother wrote in her journal. ‘Heroic spiritual lives are built by stacking days of obedience one on top of the other. Like a brick, each obedient act is small within its self, but in time the acts will pile up and a huge wall of strong character will be built – a great defense against temptation. We should strive for consistent obedience each day.”

I don’t expect the media to applaud people with values and convictions nor will I wait for them to show grace and mercy to young people who mess up. I will, however, do as Shelia Walsh did. I will pray for them all – the wise and the foolish for as it says in The Word, “It is my privilege to pray for you.”

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

2 thoughts on “Manziel and Miley

  1. Great wisdom and reminder to be the humble followers that love when it’s hard to. I needed the reminder…


  2. There is so much to learn from this post – but my favorite sentence is this one:

    I will pray for them all – the wise and the foolish for as it says in The Word, “It is my privilege to pray for you.”


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