I am always delighted to hear from readers. It’s good to know that there others out there like us, others who understand and who share similar struggles.
As many of you know, today is National Day of Prayer. The following “prayer” was sent to me by a reader, who has asked me to post this anonymously. You see, even though this is a day designated to express our (mis)understanding that this country was “birthed in prayer and reverence for god,” people like us still have to remain in the shadows out of concern that coming out might affect our relationships with friends, family and coworkers. Where is the freedom in that?
To the reader who shared this, thank you for these beautiful insights:
In honor of National Prayer Day, I pray for people to stop praying for god to solve their problems for them. (Because it would take divine intervention to stop prayer.)
If it were up to me (If I were god), I’d want people to stop asking me to solve their problems for them. I’d want them to become responsible adults, solving their problems by drawing up on their knowledge, experience, and the help of other responsible adults. I’d want them to learn to face the world, their life, their problems, with courage and integrity. I’d want them to realize how pointless it is to petition me, as I never intervene on request. If I wanted anything to be different, it would be, independent of being asked. I wouldn’t care how many, or few, people believed in me. I’d want them to focus on creating a better world for everybody, regardless of their beliefs (or lack thereof). I wouldn’t want them to spend their time praising me.
I’d want them to spend it helping those less fortunate. And to show them the way, I’d create atheists.