Monday, September 19, 2011
I Want the Drought to End Too, BUT...
Dear People Who Are Members of My Church (Maybe not ALL, but certainly MOST of them),
I have a small issue I would like to address. It has bothered me for many years, but ever since Mother Nature decided to stop making rain clouds in Texas and it became the land of searing heat this year, it's started coming up a lot more.
It's about your prayers. Don't get me wrong, I want the drought to end. I'm glad you're praying for it to end and I am too. It's the wording I have issue with. Do you really have to ask for "moisture"? And when we DO get a little sprinkle, do you have to say thank you for "moisture" too?
I believe the word "rain" is the appropriate choice here. We want RAIN. Or we're thankful we got RAIN. Why not just say that? For some reason though, you seem to think that when you're praying you ought to say "moisture." I have some guesses about why you might feel compelled to say this:
1) "Moisture" sounds more formal -- No, it doesn't. Moisture sounds disgusting. It brings to mind sweat, used sponges, or worse, some sort of feminine issue. More formal would be something like "waters sent forth from heaven above." Maybe a bit overkill, but better than saying "moisture."
2) "Moisture" is more generic and all encompassing and we'll take anything we can get -- While I appreciate the sentiment, there are two problems with this. First of all, this is Texas. If you're hoping that we'll get snow instead of rain, you're kidding yourself. Maybe you grew up in Utah where it actually snows and picked up the habit there? Well, that brings me to my second point. You might have learned this in like, elementary school. We have a word for generic wet stuff falling from the sky: precipitation. I know it's kinda long, but say it with me now: Pre-cip-i-ta-tion. And if you forget the correct generic word, do you honestly think it will hurt to just say "rain"? I mean, I'm pretty sure if you say "rain" the Lord isn't going to think, "Oh, I was going to send some snow, sleet, and hail, but since they only asked for rain, I guess they're out of luck."
3) "Moisture" includes humidity and dew -- This is probably the least objectionable reason for saying "moisture." HOWEVER, I hate to break it to you but I don't really think raising the humidity around here is going to stop the drought. It WILL make us all even more miserably uncomfortably hot and sweaty (moist?), and it may be a little better for the plants, but it's just not going to cut it.
4) You say "moisture" just to annoy uptight people like me -- By all means, carry on then. You're doing a great job.
All that being said, keep on praying for rain, or precipitation, or dews from heaven distilling, or... *gulp*... moisture, or whatever. Just keep praying for something to end this drought.