How to say "I'm praying for you" when, well, I'm not.
April 15, 2011 10:58 AM Subscribe
posted by kat518 to Religion & Philosophy (34 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Lapsed Catholic here. Typically, when friends of family have fallen on hard times, I've sent a card or email saying something like "I'm praying for you" or "Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers." Lately, I've felt like prayer isn't something I really do so I feel fake saying it.
I've always thought of prayer as talking to God but when I think, yo, God, please help my pet rabbit be less of a jerk so I don't eat her, I think this all-knowing God should know that I want the rabbit to stop being less of a jerk. I feel like prayer is redundant. Why do we need to talk about it? It's like pouring myself a bowl of cereal in front of my husband, then announcing that I'm hungry.
Anyway, I would like to say something along the lines of "Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers" but "Keeping you in my thoughts" sounds weird to me. I don't want people to think I'm going to start stalking them (they've got problems, last thing they need is a stalker, too). I've thought about something like "thinking happy thoughts for you" but that sounds silly. Any ideas?
Also, do non-religious or secular or humanist people pray? I realize that if I think of prayer as "talking to God" and one doesn't believe in a God, that might not make sense but humor me. How does that work?