A Prayer From A Reader

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.

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12 responses to “A Prayer From A Reader

  1. What tomorrow – National Day of Ouija Board followed by Tarot Cards?

    If only people trusted in themselves and others…

  2. Ismael Benitez

    “Dear God, please save me from your followers.” – Anonymous

    I’ve got nothing against gods. All of them are imaginary.
    It’s their Fan Clubs I can’t stand.

    Take care,
    Ismael

  3. Amen! This is awesome! Sharing :)

  4. Seriously awesome, and sharing NOW!

  5. I wish I could post this on my Facebook without offending those who are insecure about their religious beliefs :)

  6. As a parent, I “pray” that religious parents will see me as another human being who struggles with body image, marriage, parenting and life in general just like they do. I “pray” that they recognize our similarities and not focus too much on our differences. Maybe then they can see me as a friend and not as a project or the enemy.

    The End

  7. LanceThruster

    “The lesson is: Our God is vengeful! O spiteful one, show
    me who to smite and they shall be smoten!!!”

    ~ Homer Simpson

  8. LanceThruster

    “As they say in my country, the only thing that separates us from the animals are mindless superstition and pointless ritual.”

    –Latka Gravas in “Taxi”

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