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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Prayers Get Lost at Sea


Some of the letters are comical (a man asking God to let him win the lottery, twice), others are heartbreaking (a distraught teen asking forgiveness for an abortion, an unwed mother pleading with God to make the baby's father marry her).

The letters -- about 300 in all, sent to a New Jersey minister -- ended up dumped in the ocean, most of them unopened.

Many of the letters were addressed to the Rev. Grady Cooper, though many more simply said "Altar." According to the text of several of them, they were intended to be placed on a church's altar and prayed over by the minister, the congregation or both.

I wonder how many of them were answered by God?

This line reminds me of the music group God Lives Underwater:

"I guess rather than just throw them in the garbage, maybe they thought they'd set them out to sea to bless these people," he said. "So they made a trip to Atlantic City, maybe went to a casino, and put the letters in the water."

But why not get Biblical, and do a burnt offering instead?

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At 11/02/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger BlackSun declaimed...

Even if the minister HAD prayed over the letters instead of dumping them in the ocean, what did these poor people expect would happen?

At 11/02/2006 11:49 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I'd like to think that writing a prayer letter has some kind of psychological benefit, like writing a letter to someone that you don't send, just to settle your own thoughts, but I'm still pretty cynical about it.



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