I was just looking at an RSS link on Friendly Atheist and it made me want to ask this question here. How do you feel about prayer or blessings from people regarding a situation in your life. Because we're older than "some", we can often be more tolerant of this because (perhaps) we've lived much of our lives through a time when questions of this sort weren't asked. My husband and I move to Tulsa from New Orleans with our kid 6 weeks before Katrina struck. It's no wonder we've made few friends here (in the crotch of the Bible Belt) - I got so tired of hearing from people, upon seeing our plates or licenses, that we were blessed, or that god had other plans for us. To me, it simply meant that god didn't give a shit about everyone else we cared for. I actually find it presumptuous and insulting, perhaps as a result of EVERY response I got from my retorts (which were given with as much care and thoughtfulness as possible). What do you guys think?