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I wonder if sometimes we just don't want anyone else thinking about our life, evaluating, making assumptions. I wonder if those who are offended just dislike the idea that someone is thinking about their problems, as if it's a "fault" issue that one should have a problem at all. As with all offense, those who take it are the ones with the choice. I think probably Alma II didn't really appreciate all the people praying for him, but was very glad later that they had. "Pray in secret" takes on new meaning when letting someone know that you are offends them. Pray anyway, I say.
Hi Robin- Well done on a great essay, you expressed yourself so well and raised interesting questions.For someone that grew up in an evangelical church I have to say that the phrase "You are in my prays" was thrown around rather casually and I think that's it's sincerity be doubted. Granted you are one of the people that follows through with the offer of prayer, but I always wondered how many people would actually go through with it.As for people of different relgions being offended, in my opinion that is just being silly. But I guess there are some people that are so involved in their religion that they may think it a sin to accept help from anyone of a different faith. I think though, you may find the most opposition from unbelievers, to them belief in higher power is so ludicrous and crazy their immediate instinct is to distance themselves.These are just my opinions.....I will always welcome your prayers:)
Frequently, when I hear an ambulance or firetruck or pass by an accident, I will stop everything and pray myself or have one of my kids pray. If I was in the same position, I'd want someone to pray for me. What can it hurt? If it's a problem in someone's life, I can identify with what Bonnie has said. My in-laws' prayers, I will sometimes refuse: prayers for more trials are definitely not what I want.
I feel that each person should do what they are comfortable with. If someone chooses to take offense, that is their prerogative. If you still choose to pray for them, that is your prerogative. I am not for angst-ing over what others will and will not do or what others do or do not do.
Robin,I really liked your post on prayer. I too pray when I read an article about someone needing help, etc. no who they are. Someone praying for your success or health means that they are concerned for your well-being and they are showing compassion for you. Taking offense easily, shows pride and not humility. Where did all this PC stuff come from anyways? People too afraid to be who they really are incase it may offend someone. Keep praying Robin, it can only help.
Prayer is always the answer, even if people want to ignore the question.
I've found that when prayers are needed the most - in times of life struggles, illness or even death - they are rarely refused. Religious differences seem small in comparison. But still I find that, unless I know them well, I hesitate to say it..."I'm praying for you." even when I am. Great, thoughtful essay.Stopping by from SITS...
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