Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bargaining with God

Remember when Abraham bargained with God?  Genesis 18: 20-32  God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham asked the Lord to spare them for the sake of fifty innocent people.  I guess there weren't fifty innocent because Abraham got Him to accept ten innocent people.  Well, I was thinking of different kinds of praying and realized that bargaining with God, is a legitimate prayer.  I don't recommend it because you may get what you bargained for, besides God's sense of humour seems to be at our expense.!

As a child, I used to bargain with God.  When I was in the fifth grade, I bargained with God to win a softball game.  We tied.  The promise was to pray every night, every single prayer I knew.

Since that worked, not exactly, but that's God's sense of humor, I felt that I still obligated to keep my part of the deal.  So for quite a while, (and it was a burden) I prayed every single prayer I knew.

In the seventh grade, I was in another softball game, and I really, really, wanted to win.  And I made the same bargain.  And I knew a few more prayers--long ones!  Salve Regina, the Apostle's Creed, The Confiteor, and thank God, I didn't promise a Rosary.

We tied.  Again.  You would have thought I had learned my lesson, the first time.

I dutifully, prayed every single prayer I knew, every single night.  It was a terrible burden.  I hated it, but I did it.  I'd cry while praying, but I promised and a promise is a promise.

Finally, I talked to a priest about it, and he said I could stop.  Truthfully, I forget what the priest said, except for the important fact that I wasn't obligated to continue.

Besides, God cheated.  He knew I wanted to win, not tie.  Sometimes, God yanks our chain.

A Priest's Day

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