Do Not Pray

Pray for [fill in the blank]…

No, do not pray.
Prayers are great at making the pray-er feel better.
Prayers do not bind the wounds or stop the bleeding.
They do not build shelters for people whose lives have been destroyed.
They do not comfort the dying or close the eyes of the dead.
They do not prevent lunatics from slinging thousands of pieces of lead faster than the speed of sound, mowing down passersby who were out, listening to music and having a good time.
They do not wipe tears from the face of a frightened child.
They do not end hunger.
They do not stop wars.
They do not fix anything.

But, hey, if you really just want to make yourself feel better, by all means, go ahead and pray.

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