A little girl named Sandra Cantu disappeared about a week ago from her home, not 50 miles from where I live. Yesterday they found her body, stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in an irrigation pond.

I knew that if they hadn't found her within 48 hours, she would most likely not be found alive.

Every day the newscasts out here started out with clips of the people gathered around her home, praying for her safe return and begging the kidnapper to bring her home. Her fliers were posted all over my "neighborhood" in hopes that she would be found.

Of course I never prayed about it. I never said anything about it to anyone else, for fear of having to keep my trap shut about the harsh realities fo the situation.

When things like this happen, and you're waiting for the outcome, what do you do? What do you say?

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Comment by HotMess on April 11, 2009 at 7:26pm
Holy Shit! A Sunday school teacher did it!
Comment by Dave P on April 8, 2009 at 2:52pm
It's bad enough in the UK, where news stories for a missing person begin, 'Today, prayers were said for...'

So what? People saying prayers are not news!

Grr.
Comment by zeeman barzell on April 8, 2009 at 2:12pm
In these situations I find interesting the subtle language difference between theists and non-theists. That difference is between the words "hope" and "pray".

Example:

"I really ________ she comes home safely."

Either word gets the same results in the end. But I think the theists believe using the word "pray" in that slot, means they're helping in some way. So if she is found alive, they can take credit, even if they just sat on their ass and watched the tv coverage.
Comment by Fr33think3r on April 8, 2009 at 8:39am
I say what I really feel. "I hope she comes home safe."
It was hard to come to terms with my options. I can get out and do something about the situation or give money to the cause. I feel that there is not much more that I can do.

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