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Name Calling, Nastiness, and Hope

I probably ought to be feeling really bad about myself today. Yesterday, as I noted, I got flipped off by an older couple immediately after getting rear-ended. A Catholic reporter called an article of mine on my work blog "revolting", and a Twitter follower called me a bunch of nasty names simply for expressing concern and prayer.

Pilate sends Jesus to Herod - artist William Brassey Hole
Yeah. Haters gonna hate and prayers gonna pray.

It takes awhile to develop a thick skin about such things, but it's necessary. It is not necessary to be nasty in return, and it does so much more good to pray...even if the prayer is said through gritted teeth. A prayer is a prayer is a prayer, and perhaps the prayer said under duress carries a bit more weight since it goes against our grain.

Hope and prayer. It's the only way to answer nastiness and name-calling.

Herod was very glad to see Jesus; he had been wanting to see him for a long time, for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at length, but he gave him no answer. Lk. 23: 9-10

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  1. "...and perhaps the prayer said under duress carries a bit more weight since it goes against our grain." I agree! Good for you! ~ Rosemary

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