Thoughtful response, Joy, and I understand what you mean
I wouldn't personally feel I was showing God the door by not praying out loud since I would still pray to myself if I wanted, and I would think that all the individual prayers would resonate together. I agree putting out some positive energy before an event...praying, energy, good thoughts, getting focused...isn't a bad idea at all. It's just how it is done that is the issue, and I think your son is very wise
Thanks, frog. I think so, too, but I am a wee bit biased.
That's a good point regarding how to use the moment of silence. Those not praying can use the moment of silence in a positive way as well.