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13-09-2012, 08:00 PM
Atheists actually give a damn
So last night, a female cousin of mine went to the emergency room for some unknown pain in her lower back. She makes a post on facebook saying how she's been in the hospital all night, tests were inconclusive, yada yada yada.

After reading this, this morning, I see about 20 posts from people saying "We'll pray for you, Ours prayers are with you, etc etc"
My post says "Hope you feel better. I'll be out to visit shortly"

I get out there at 10 am thinking there are probably going to be at least 3-5 people in the room, I'll pop in for a while see how's she doing and then go home.
I get there and no one else is there. No one has been to visit. I stayed with her all day. We talked and chatted. I told her stories we talked to nurses and doctors about what the next step is going to be.

It's now nearly 9 pm and I'm home typing this up. I spent the day with her in the hospital and only one other person arrived to see her. All those damn prayers and none of them can take the time to get off their asses and drive for 10 min to the hospital (It's a small city. You can drive anywhere in the city in 10 min)

Her parents and brother live out of state, so it's understandable that they didn't jump on a plane at a moments notice when it wasn't life and death. It's an unknown back pain thing. Hopefully the MRI she's having tonight will shed some light.

It just irritates me that people think that typing some "We'll pray for you" thing equates to actually giving a damn. It's a fucking cop out. It's a token gesture saying that we can't take the time to actually care about you.

That's all I got - just pissed at this point.

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13-09-2012, 08:16 PM
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Yep, actions speak louder than words.

I'm sure she appreciates you being there, good stuff Thumbsup

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13-09-2012, 10:06 PM
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Prayer is for the pray-er, not the pray-ee.

They respond on FB because it makes them look good, not necessarily because they are honestly moved and concerned. A few, yes, but most, no.

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13-09-2012, 10:26 PM
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I'm sure she's very grateful for your company and your concern. You're a good cousin. Smile

I hope that whatever has caused her pain is nothing serious, and that she'll be able to go home and will feel better soon!
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13-09-2012, 10:35 PM
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People suck.

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13-09-2012, 10:39 PM
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Jeez - praying folk. Blink

If I posted something like that on facebook to inform people who might be looking for me, I think I'd probably have to follow it up with: No prayers please. Shy

If anyone inquired or announced an intention of praying, I'd simply say, "If it makes you feel better, fine. Prayer won't hold my hand and tell me a joke."

Ooh... or how about: No prayers please - cash accepted. Thumbsup

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13-09-2012, 11:12 PM
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I've always defined prayer...as a resort for an "absolute cure" as the following: A gymnasium of arms refusing to pull the weight and brains only willing to convince their hosts that thinking to yourself is the cure for everything if it benefits your own conscience.

But hey....that's just me. That's just me.

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13-09-2012, 11:34 PM
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Any hospital chaplain will tell you, it's just "being there" that counts the most. You did the best thing. You're a good egg, Charlie Brown.

When I have my heart attack, if you pray for me, I'll sue you for damages.
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14-09-2012, 08:01 AM
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I can see that. I've just had a heart attack and now I must be so bad off that people are praying for a miracle.

"Hey Doc, I thought you said that I had a good chance of recovery and now all these people are praying that I make it through the night - WTH ?"
Or maybe guilt "All these people are asking god to take a look at my life and then make a decision if I should live or not. - Oh this can't be good"

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14-09-2012, 09:00 AM
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PRAYER: How to do nothing and still feel like you're helping

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