A guy I know, somewhere in between an acquaintance and a friend, just lost his grandfather. I’m a Christian. As far as I know, he isn’t, though he’s never made any “I wish all Christians would FOAD” statements or anything.
I just sent him an e-mail telling him that I was sorry to hear of his loss, and that I was . . . praying for comfort for him and his family. I deliberated over this last point for about half an hour. I’m not interested in forcing my religion on others, nor am I interested in using a family tragedy as an opportunity to evangelize. I just wanted him to know, for whatever it’s worth.
I mean, if I was going through something, and a friend said she’d done a magic dance for me, or constructed a voodoo doll in my honor, even though I’d think her efforts were wasted, I’d be genuinely touched that she made any sort of effort to do something that she believed would help me.
Now, however, I think I should have just said my prayer, let it do whatever it was or wasn’t going to do, and kept quiet. What additional good will come from me telling him? Might even have pissed him off.
Anyway, nonbelievers, what do you think when you hear someone’s prayed for you?