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This morning on Twitter, actor Chris Pratt encouraged his 3.58 million followers to pray for a young boy suffering from brain cancer, after a fan reached out. @SpencerHodenett tweeted, “@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a 4 yr old fan. Psalm 107:28-30; MT 21:21”.
In response, Pratted tweeted, “The power of prayer saved my son. This boy Sam needs a miracle. Say a prayer for Sam. Even if you never have b4.Try.” When asked, “how so?” by another Twitter follower, Pratted tweeted, “Lord I pray for Sam. May you put your healing hand on him father. May his family find grace in this difficult time.”
The power of prayer saved my son. This boy Sam needs a miracle. Say a prayer for Sam. Even if you never have b4.Try. https://t.co/sGYv2tcrMX
Back in 2012, Chris Pratt’s own son was born prematurely, spending a month in intensive care. He explained to People magazine,
We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot … It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.
This summer will have some great opportunities for star-gazing, starting tonight with the annual Delta Aquarids meteor shower. Thursday and Friday will be the best the peak nights of the meteor show that started last week, according to the American Meteor Society.
If you're wondering what the meteor shower is, NASA explains it as:
The Delta Aquarids (Southern Delta Aquarids) are a meteor shower that occurs each year from mid-July to mid-August. The shower results when Earth passes through the debris fields left by two sungrazing comets, Marsden and Kracht, that broke apart in space. The meteor shower gets its name because the radiant appears to originate near Delta Aquarii, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius.
Sky watchers can find the shower by looking for the Aquarius constellation, that sort of looks like someone pouring out a jug of water. The shower should be visible to people throughout North America and the best times to watch are late in the night up until sunrise.
In 2014, NASA said the best time to see this shower would be two hours before dawn in each respective time zone, and it's been seen with a telescope or long camera lens. Discuss