A Prayer Whispered Against The Darkness

Praying Hands - Albrecht Durer
We kill each other all the time, often in the name of God. For thousands of years, they killed each other in the name of Jesus.

Our Father

And God seems far, far away, able to help us find lost car keys, but unable to do anything of actual use like rescue the hungry from starvation of stop us from killing each other or save loved ones from dying or leaving us.

Who art in Heaven,

God’s purported followers say that God hates fags. God hates soldiers. God hates you. Thank God for Katrina. Thank God for dead soldiers.

Hallowed be thy name.

Drone strikes. War. Famine. Terrorism. Extremism. Fear. Hatred. Atrocities done in the name of God by the people of God.

Thy kingdom come,

People willing to harm one another in the name of God. Guns and bombs and hurting them before they hurt us. Shootings in schools. Kids arrested for bringing pocket-knives to school.

Thy will be done

Hatred. Evil in the name of God. Hatred in the name of love.

on earth as it is in heaven.

One in six Americans don’t have enough food.

Nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012.

Several children die due to malnutrition or hunger every minute.

Give us this day our daily bread

We cannot forgive ourselves our sins, so how could God?

And forgive us our debts

How dare those evildoers harm us? How dare that person cut us off? How dare bin Laden attack us? How dare the Boston Bombers attack a marathon?

As we forgive our debtors.

Catalogs, stores, the Joneses posting on Facebook about their consumerism; God help us, we are the Joneses.

Lead us not into temptation

From stores that sell products made by slaves and underpaid workers and children
From our own desires to buy them
From all-consuming patriotism
From apathy
From our cynicism
From our fear of others
Lord,

But deliver us from evil

We pledge allegiance to the flag
Our Kingdom it shall be
No matter what the cost to others
From sea to shining sea

For Thine is the kingdom

We measure power in megawatts
And kilotons of explosive power
Military budgets
Destroyers
Guns
And stealth fighter jets.

And thine is the power

We worship superstars
Gurus
Theologians
Presidents
Presidential candidates
War heroes
Local heroes
And hope for more hits on our blogs
And likes for our photos
And maybe this is okay, but

And thine is the glory

Kingdoms crumble, but thy love remains

Forever

Maranatha: Come Lord Jesus.
America is not the last word.
We are not the last words.
War is not the last word,
nor famine, nor hunger, nor sword, nor anything in heaven and earth
The last word is

Amen

David M Schell About David M Schell
David M. Schell is a doubter, a believer, and a skeptic. He writes about God and stuff. He is happily married to Kristen, and that's why his posts don't come out as often or as angry.