JoAnna Caldwell of Jacksonville, Illinois has the solution to her town’s unemployment problem. She got a handful of people together and prayed for God to make it all better:
“I was laying in bed and I heard God say, ‘Go pray in the plaza,’” Caldwell said. “So I figured I’d get people out here with me.”
Caldwell stationed people facing north, south, east and west around the Civil War memorial as she led them in prayers that included Psalms 103, Ephesians 3 and the Lord’s Prayer.
Mayor Andy Ezard and Salvation Army caseworker Alan Bradish were among about eight people in attendance as Caldwell shouted out her prayers to improve conditions.
“We shall not want for jobs,” Caldwell said. “We have no fear. We’re not in a recession, that’s what the world says.”
Yeah, that should do the trick. After all it’s a proven fact that prayer works, right?
Well, no, it doesn’t. At least not when put to the test. If anything some studies have shown that prayer can sometimes make things worse. Almost as if God is annoyed you’re bugging him with your puny little problems. But none of that bothers Ms. Caldwell:
After seven minutes of continual prayer, Caldwell thanked those in attendance for coming and enduring the cold to pray for more employment.
“Just watch,” Caldwell said. “We will see results.”
It’s worth noting that she didn’t say when we would see results. That makes for a nice way to claim any improvement in employment to be proof God listened to their prayers even if it takes years.
At the very least she’s not asking God to kill someone, like some Senators and religious leaders have been doing as of late, so I suppose there’s no real harm in it. If it helps her to sleep better at night then who am I to yank her security blanket away?
It’s just a shame the newspaper considered less than a dozen people standing around in the cold pleading to an imaginary sky-fairy to be news.