As a life long agnostic I very rarely drift into the realm of religious discussion, but just occasionally an interesting story drifts into view
So it was that upon checking the news recently I read an article on the launch of a prayer app by a Cathedral in Kiev
“Young people rarely go to church, preferring to sit at their computers and visit social networks,” he says. “I want to pique their interest somehow by integrating the church with mobile technology.”
the designer of this app states, and it allows you to
enter a virtual church to pray, seek inner peace and ask a priest for advice”, as well as check service time
To someone like myself this is fascinating. I never have prayed to any higher authority, in an a religious sense that is, and I fear it is unlikely I ever will, but although such an action is not part of my make up, I respect those who go in for prayer, as I regard is as a realignment of the mind.
Maybe, by prayer, believers do communicate with the deity of their choosing, and maybe relief is sent back in return, but if this is so then what of this “new” application, a “new ” application first launched in 2012 by the way.
It’s weird really. I’ve asked many christians how prayer works, and i have never received a definite answer, so what of this new system; i.e how is the message relayed to the appropriate provider, and how is any assistance, or I suppose, any rejection transferred back in return.(
In the past it seemed to be the case that you went to church, or wherever, focused your mind on what you wanted for yourself or for other parties, and then sent that message to a place or places known or unknown. Somehow, if you recognised it to be so, help came back in return, and hey presto the job was done, but for those interested in a more scientific approachclick here
Non believers would probably say that all this was load of old testicles, and maybe, if beer drinkers, have moe empathy with the prayer opposite, but I would ask them to be patient for one moment, so as to address the points below
Are the same results achieved by tapping away on a keyboard I wonder?
If you wish to add your own prayer, should you do a spellcheck?
What font should be used, and should pictures of a video be included as part of the deal.
finally, in what language should your chosen respondent reply; ie english, the langauge of your country or choice, or predictive text-speech
To my mind such things are immaterial as belive that the mind can be just as easily focussed when scraping a sack of potatoes as by going to church or by using such an application, but it makes you think all of the same.
My views on this subject are truly ambivalent. I have no real leanings towards any body of opinion, so if anyone benefits from any kind of prayer, preferably a non-invasive and peaceful prayer which harms no-one, then it is ok with me
What I will do however, in the interests of impartiality is to end on a note which might interests both sets of protagonists
To begin with, on a more humourous note a slightly tounge in cheek prayer for all those going to work , or returning home from work that evening, by tube, bus or mainline rail, and then, with music that fits the version preceding it, a prayer and personal dedication with a beauty, a charm, and a sincerity all of it’s own
I would just say that whatever side you favour, be calm, be happy, and, as one, let us strive, hope, or pray, for better times to come.
A commuters prayer
Every Morning as I wait
Dear Lord a little prayer I make
O please to keep thy loving eye
On us poor creatures born to sigh
And every evening at sun down
I ask as a blessing on us poor clowns
For whether we last our shifts or no
I’m sure is always touch and go
Please bless our trains and busses too
With maybe a vacant seat or two
And please, oh lord, we all do pray
That noisy kids have not their say!
We are not wholly bad nor good
Who lives our lives in Borehamwood
And thou, we hope, wilt be the first
To see our good side, not our worst
Oh let us see that glorious day
When you’ll kill our boss, we pray
Then to your son, we all shall bow
And worship you, if just for now
My apologies to Dylan Thomas, and to every good boss out there and good train or bus company, but why not have a bit of fun!