Monday, July 18, 2011

Prayers for Rain

It is hot in Oklahoma -- not boring-hot as it was most summers in my home town of Ponca City, or not only boring-hot, but temperature-hot. Fear not, though, the state's governor is on it:

In response to Oklahoma's record drought and heat wave, Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) called for a statewide day of prayer on Sunday to pray for rain. For 47 straight days, temperatures in Oklahoma City have been above 90 degrees ...
For the safety of our firefighters and our communities and the well-being of our crops and livestock, this state needs the current drought to come to an end. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, and I would ask every Oklahoman to look to a greater power this weekend and ask for rain.
Oklahoma's governor encourages all Oklahomans to direct skyward mumbling, e-mails, texts, IMs, voice-messages, and the like toward the leading god, making explicit entreaties for better weather. Standard data charges apply. Offer not valid for Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Taoists, Pagans, Jains, Zoroastrians, Deists, and Christians of the wrong sect (they know who they are).

If, three or four days out, the prayers of Oklahomans have not delivered the state from this drought, the governor will presumably conclude what most people already assume, namely, that god doesn't think very highly of Oklahoma, or more reasonably, that begging deities for weather favors is pointless.

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