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Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kelly Jan 4, 2013. 36 Replies

I'm having a hip replaced on 12/4. Everyone who finds out I'm having surgery seems to think it's necessary to offer me their prayers. I don't feel comfortable saying "thank you" for what I think is a…Continue

Giving a child a basic understanding of religions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Black Sep 26, 2012. 1 Reply

I'm new to this site and this is something you have probably discussed before, but since I'm new I didn't see it. Please bear with me.My daughter, K, and son-in-law, R, and my husband and I are the…Continue

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kelly replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"I just posted a response to a similar question on this forum, and although I see you already have plenty of responses I'll go ahead and paste it below: "I actually encounter that a lot (living in the bible belt) and I was hoping there…"
Jan 4, 2013
booklover replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Glad to hear all went well Kelly!  Happy, Healthy 2013 to you!~ Melinda"
Jan 4, 2013
booklover replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Story, so many people believe 'the devil' gives cancer.  That is even more absurd to me!  So, their 'god' is so powerful he can take the cancer away if enough people beg he/she/it, but it's not powerful enough to…"
Jan 4, 2013
Kelly replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Thanks for asking, Mark. I've been enjoying the responses so much I didn't realize I hadn't mentioned that all went well and I'm on the mend. Going back to work part time next week. I spent three days in the hospital and two…"
Jan 4, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"2 replies... but you never told us how the surgery went???  It's not that we're checking on the efficacy of our prayers, but...  How did it go, K ? ?? ?"
Jan 3, 2013
Ceil replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"I understand your anger.  When there is a tragedy and people are interviewed on tv they often say, "thank god, I've been spared."  I wonder what they think of the people who haven't been spared?  Did god get them,…"
Jan 3, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Your rant is understandable. Stay strong re: your brother. This must be very hard, indeed -- I offer no advice in this -- I listen for yours. Re: prayers of others - - Your response of "thanks" is the most appropriate and kind thing to…"
Jan 3, 2013
Story replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"My brother has been battling cancer for the past two years, so I get this a lot. Usually I just smile and say "thanks", then change the subject. If someone says this to me, they obviously aren't close to me, so what do I care if they…"
Jan 3, 2013
Story liked Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
Jan 3, 2013
Ted E Bear replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"You don't have to be rude or assertive, I would just say, "please don't, I prefer you not.""
Jan 3, 2013
Michael Penn replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Thank them for their thoughts but with a smile ask them to pray for the doctor instead. From politics right into the local churches, those that say "they will pray for you" seldom do. It's an idiom of speech that is created by the…"
Jan 3, 2013
Kelly replied to Ceil's discussion Hey to "Dear Abby"
"Thanks Ceil, I finally got to see it. Just another suck it up and smile response seems to be her answer. Btw I did mention to two prayers that I really needed someone to transport the dog to the groomer and maybe run the vacuum around for me. Dog…"
Dec 29, 2012
Kelly replied to Ceil's discussion Hey to "Dear Abby"
"John Prine! My fav. Every time I hear someone say "Dear Abby" that song starts running thru my head!"
Dec 29, 2012
Loren Miller replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Here is the link to the Dear Abby article dealing with atheists and the "I'll pray for you" issue.  You'll have to scroll down roughly half a page to find it.  I've given my comment to what I feel is her…"
Dec 29, 2012
Kelly replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Did you add a link?"
Dec 28, 2012
Ceil replied to Kelly's discussion Having Surgery - How to reply (or should I) to "I'll pray for you"?
"Here"
Dec 28, 2012

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At 1:26pm on September 29, 2012, Brent Feeney said…

Welcome aboard! =)  Hope you're doing well today - interesting story there, without a doubt. Hang in there!

At 5:56pm on September 27, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Kelly
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you found out as a non believer like us.
We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 730 discussion topics and 3600 members.http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
Terry

At 1:33am on September 26, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, ! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Women Atheists, Female Atheists, Are You Experienced?Parenting Little Heathens (grandparenting in your case)and possibly Feminist Atheists.

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After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 4:59pm on September 25, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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