Thursday, November 23, 2017

Should I have?

The other day, in a non-church/religious setting, a bunch of people, including myself, were lined up for a buffet meal, unsure when we should start getting food. Someone said, "Should we pray?" and that was followed by guffaws of laughter. How absurd, right?

Every so often I wonder, should I have offered to do just that -- pray? Praying before we all ate sure seemed like a good idea to me. I'm not usually fearful anymore of talking about being a woman of faith. I'm open about it when something relevant comes up. I try to be matter of fact about it and I haven't felt embarrassed or looked down upon when I do say something. There have even been times people came and asked me about my beliefs.

In the moment this suggestion of prayer happened, my thinking was that it would be awkward if I said I would pray, and might make the person who asked and those who laughed feel uncomfortable. I can still think that and find it true. But, still, sometimes, I wonder.

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