I find it really awkward when someone says “I’m praying for you” or “you are in my prayers”, I find it awkward because I don’t want want to offend anyone and I also don’t know what to say in return.

Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the sentiment and I respect that persons faith in their God, but for me prayer no longer means anything. I did see once a little meme that said “oh your praying for me, well I will think for you back” it made me laugh but it does have the possibility to offend.
There was a time when prayer was a big part of my life but that’s before Bishop Thomas of Brentwood diocese withdrew every sacrament, grace and blessing bestowed upon me by the church, yep my baptism was undone.

So what do I do?
I can’t ask people not to pray for me because I know that people feel they are helping me through this pain.
I don’t want to have to keep repeating that I no longer follow any religion.

I do try not to follow people on twitter who overly express their faith, as I said I respect people’s faith but I don’t want a timeline full of biblical quotes and I certainly don’t want to be told “Jesus loves You”, I don’t mind the odd quote or affirmation and obviously times like Easter and Christmas will mean there will be more devotional tweets.

So if you are in a time of need, I will cross my fingers for you, although apparently that in itself was originally a sign of Christianity but I can handle that, I will send good vibes and mentally will something to go your way or that your health will improve.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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