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Lord Thank You For Letting Us Be Here Today

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 5, 2011





Today is the National Day of Prayer This is a repost , written in first person. Pictures are from the “Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

So much for world affairs. It is time to tell a story, with no moral and no redeeming social value.

In 1980, I was staying at a place called the Sea Haven Hostel, affectionately known as Sleaze Haven. This was in Seattle WA, as far as you can get from Atlanta, and still be in the lower 48. I was working through Manpower, and staying in a semi private room for $68 a month.

There was a Christian group that met in the basement on Sunday Night. Now, as some of you may know, I am a recovering baptist, who hasn’t been to church since 1971. However, the lure of a free meal was hard to resist, so I went to a few meetings.

One night,after doing quality control work on the local beer supply,I cheerfully joined in the discussion. This was the night when I realized that the Bible is not the Word of G-d, a concept that has been very handy in dealing with the clumsy efforts of our Jesus-mad culture to convert me.

They seemed to like me, though, and welcomed me back. Maybe it was the southern accent.

One Sunday, after the dinner was finished , it was time to have a prayer to begin the meeting. I raised my hand.Now, Jesus Worshipers enjoy prayer as entertainment. When they bow their heads, you see them stretching and deep breathing, in anticipation of a good, lengthy, message to G-d.

My message was a bit of a disappointment. Instead of a long winded lecture about Jesus and the magic book, I said what was on my mind.
Lord, thank you for letting us be here today. What else do you need to say?



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  1. gary Simmons said, on May 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My dear internet friend,

    You have stumbled upon a age old truth. Even a stop clock is right sometimes. Your prayer was perfect. What else does this world have to offer but today or better still right now.

    Still reading and enjoying your blog as always.

    gary

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