June 21, 2017
Prayerful wishes for John McCain
By PAUL LEMOYNE
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Sooner or later Baron Samedi comes for us all, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona is no exception. One day he will go to his reward; please God, he will be surrounded by his family, friends, and other loved ones when the day comes to enter into his rest peacefully, painlessly, and soon, bringing his baleful influence on this vale of tears to an end.
With that in mind, I wish to create a ... well, "organization" is too strong a word ... let us say "league." Yes, "league." I wish to create an Internet league of well-wishers to engage in prayer.
Prayer, of course, is the quintessential non-violent action, and it can be carried out quietly, indeed privately. It consists of pleas to a deity who may or may not exist to take some action or other. This deity is high above all the laws of man, and therefore none of his deeds can be considered prosecutable. Indeed, "acts of God" are not even covered by insurance claims, let alone the claims of the magistrate.
What I desire is for an Internet group of well-meaning people to begin to pray at least daily, if not more often for John McCain's speedy departure to a better place. I yearn for an importunate voice loud and unceasing as the oceans crying out to the heavens in a plea filled with urgency and sincerity so great that the Heavenly One cannot ignore it.
The prayers of such a league can surely do no harm, and if they should be effective, what inestimable good they will bring!
I envision a league that is more non-denominational than AA. I welcome persons of all religious convictions to pray to whatever deity they believe will hear their prayers: Christian, Mormon, Seventh-Day Adventist, Watchtower Society, all of them should join us. Some of you have as part of your public worship service an opportunity to offer free intercessions. Perhaps you will add an appropriate prayer at that time.
Muslims (Sunni and Shia) of course are welcome, along with their Brothers of the Book, the Jews. Quakers, Mennonites, Amish, Hussites, Buddhists (at least those who have a god), Hindus (with their numberless gods), Confucians and Shintoites (do they have a god?), you all have a reputation for peace and brotherly love; won't you join in? Nestorians, Monophysites, you too, come join us. Arians, as well, and Jansenists, Manichæcans, and Albigensians still tucked away out of the Roman Inquisitor's sight. And of course you Zoroastrians are more than welcome to pray that the senior senator will soon find a place on the Towers of Silence.
New-Agers, won't you join us and pray to the universe or to Mother Earth or whomever it is you all believe in? Atheists, too. I know you don't have a god to pray to, but I know your reputation for well-wishing, and perhaps your private and subjective good wishes and sympathy can be extended pre-punctually to the senator's family.
Naturally, I expect the vodouists, Santerians, and worshippers of Kali to be in the forefront of this private, peaceful, and non-violent enterprise. I would call on the worshippers of Cthulhu and Satan also, but I fear that they would be reluctant to bring to an end the career of one who serves their masters so well.
There are some, I know, who have lost the habit of prayer, and perhaps, though eager to assist in this undertaking, hesitate because they just don't know what to say to a deity. I offer assistance:
"O mighty [or almighty if you prefer] [state the name of the deity to whom your heart and hands are lifted], I pray for my brother John, a senator and a leader of men, to be freed from his labors and to be taken to your welcoming arms and loving bosom. We shall lament his departure and are eager to get on with it. Amen." Ω
June 21, 2017
© 2017 Paul LeMoyne
Published in 2017 by WTM Enterprises.
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