To anyone without a faith background, the idea of a prayer meeting sounds peculiar. It conjures up an image of fundamentalist tent meetings a century ago. Despite being “used” to it, it does not come naturally to me. The concept of stopping everything, becoming quiet and reflective, acknowledging my need, and articulating my requests goes against the grain of my “get it done and tick it off the to-do list” personality. Yet when some staff and a few volunteers had a “prayer meeting” this week I felt incredibly refreshed. And close to those who had shared with me. Also encouraging each other after a fast paced (and sometimes stressful) morning was special. It is also a great leveller where social hierarchies are minimized and, sometimes, even reversed. Thank you Erika in persisting in arranging it. And thank you everyone who participated in opening up with me.