This blog has never been about the thing I'm about to blog about. This blog is about cooking and crafting and having too much pumpkin, but the thing I'm about to blog about is also a part of who I am, so I feel compelled to share it with you now.
A friend - not a real-life friend as we've never met in person, but certainly a REAL life friend in that I feel I can count her as such - is going through something really scary right now. Her little boy, completely out of the blue, had a seizure the other night. Tonight, he had another. I found out via Twitter, which seems so silly but also makes me so thankful that, for all the drivel that goes on there, there are moments when things that actually matter are shared.
In her blog and her tweet, she asked for prayers. The thing is, I don't pray. I consider myself Agnostic and no, I don't particularly want to debate that right now, thankyouverymuch. Since I don't pray though, I've always said to people, "You are in my thoughts." I write it on sympathy cards and say it to friends all the time. And yet, right now, that just doesn't feel like enough. I know that prayer brings comfort to some but I just know that's not the answer for me.
That said, your thoughts? If you do believe in prayer, does the knowledge that someone is thinking of you and concerned for you enough to provide comfort, or does a higher power need to be involved for it to make a difference? And if you don't pray or don't believe in prayer, do you say or do something other than keep people in your thoughts?
I hope for this to be a polite, genuine discussion about the ways in which we extend comfort to others, but note that I am not above ass kicking if folks get all shouty up in the comments.