EMAIL TO GOD

Dear God, as you will be aware, as I understand you miss nothing, I am getting older and, let's face facts, in the big scheme of things, a blink of your eye, it won't be long before I join you in that place you have prepared for me. I fully realise that it's going to be great and I'm going to be happy for evermore and all that, so what I am going to say next may come across as being a bit petty and irrelevant. But I believe it was your Son who said that we should live life in the moment and he was usually right about such things. So I'm going to say it and damn the consequences. It's like this, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sorting it out so that I can be a parish priest again before I die and for a long enough period for me to feel that all the work and disappointment and set-backs and tears etc. etc. have been worthwhile and that I have actually achieved something in life. I know, because people have told me, that I have achieved some good stuff in my life already, and thanks for that, but great as that is, none of it has been what I really had my heart set on. I know it's greedy and unrealistic to have everything you want in life so how about this: I'll forego winning the Euromillions lottery for the parish priest job as long, that is, that the parish priest job is paid. If you can't manage this then, although it would be in no way a satisfying substitute, giving me the winning ticket in the lottery would, I am sure, help to take my mind off the disappointment. Your foolishly faithful servant. Jonathan. Amen.

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EMAIL TO GOD — 15 Comments

    • If I won the lottery, Mrs MP could give up working, which would mean that we could move. I have a sneaking suspicion that there are quite a few congregations out there who would suddenly discern that God was calling a super rich priest without children to their financially struggling, in serious need of repair church. But I would look for a bishop with vision, probably not in England because of all the red tape, and try and discern with her or him how I and my money could best serve the Gospel in a parish setting.

    • You’re always welcome in the US of A. The Episcopal Church has more than a few of Her Majesty’s subjects in its ranks.

  1. As I said over on facebook, I really love this prayer. It’s very moving and just shot through and through with the loveliest kind of authenticity.

    • I think you are more like a demon, troll. I fight against evil on the public stage so evil has a go at me at every opportunity. You are part of that campaign. It does not bother me. You are a minor irritation compared to those you serve.

  2. I’m a little old and decrepit for the forces. Anyway, as I keep pointing out I cannot get a job anywhere unless I have permission to officiate from my present diocesan bishop. It’s how things work.

  3. It’s sad that people feel that they should be trolls and post garbage.

    I think that this was quite a reflective, hopeful post. And that the prayer is answered.

  4. The Mad Priest sent an e-mail to God
    Who did think the request rather odd
    ” I am up for a scam
    From a Nigerian ham
    But a church job? Now that’s rather odd”

  5. The Mad Priest sent an e-mail to God
    Who did think the request rather odd
    ” I am up for a scam
    From a Nigerian ham
    But a church job? Now that’s rather odd”