An open letter to God

March 7, 2009 at 4:57 am 1 comment

To My Dear God,

You are the true divine power whom I know reigns in Heaven.
(Our Father, who art in Heaven)

To speak your name fills me with awe and respect for your magnificence in everything you have created. How can I ever express my gratitude for all of the beautiful gifts that life has to offer? (hallowed be thy name)

I know that some day I too will die, as all humans will, and your kingdom is waiting for me. But I am merely a human, and I need your guidance. I ask you to please use me as your instrument to make the right choices, just as you will when we eventually meet at the end of my journey on this Earth. (Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.)

Look upon me with your loving grace, and provide me with the tools I will need to better serve you in this life. (Give us this day our daily bread.)

I know that I have made mistakes, I have repeated mistakes even after knowing how destructive the consequences may be, and I will continue to make mistakes for the remainder of my time spent in this human shell, because this is the nature of man-kind. I ask you to please help me to see when I am being sinful, and through your mercy, forgive me. If you can be so gracious as to forgive me when I am truly sorry, I will follow your example, and forgive the people who cause me or my cherished friends and family members suffering.
(Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.)

Please guide me, and all man-kind, to walk in the path of righteousness, and to not be distracted by Earthly pleasures and possessions. (lead us not in to temptation, but deliver us from evil.)

We trust in you to guide us in the direction in which we are destined to travel, because we know that the glory, the power, and the Kingdom belong to you, and we trust that you have a purpose for every choice that you make, and that it is always for the greater good of all creation. (For thine is thy kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever)

-Amen__________________________________________________

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So…

I went to a catholic school for 4 years. (5th-8th grade)

Before that, I had attended a Lutheran church in the tiny town my mom and Grandma live in.

Part of the school curriculum was attending mass at least once a week, but often times more.

I always had a hard time following along with anything the sermon or gospel had to do with, but when it came time to say “The Lord’s Prayer” I always felt proud for knowing all the words, and loved how it felt when the entire church held hands and we would say the words together, like we were a team or something.

Then one day a woman asked us if we had ever stopped to think about the words that we say in the prayer, and what they really mean….No, I honestly never had!

It wasn’t much later when I began to realize how odd the whole church experience was. I imagined that if I were from a different country and practiced a different religion, and had a chance to watch a Catholic service, I would be certain that it was a radical, religious cult.

Seriously. If you have ever attended a catholic service and disagree with what I’m saying, consider the fact that when everyone bands together to hold hands, to be united as one, over half the congregation is dreading having to touch the stranger in the pew next to them. Then, when the prayer is said, it’s as if everyone becomes possessed and speak in this super duper creepy monotonous voice like God worshipping androids!

Ok so this has only been my experience with the Catholic community. I find no fault in attending church regularly, to find a group of people who are passionate about serving the Lord and spreading his word. But don’t use your perfect church attendance record as an excuse to be a sinful person.

Then again, it is not my place to judge the actions of others~

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