Some of you won’t be able to identify with this, but some of you will. In Christian circles (no pun intended) we tend to pray a lot. The manners and social aspect of prayer with others have always been interesting to me. It took me a long time to be comfortable praying out loud in front of others, but I eventually got over that. That was a good thing, because once I started working at a church I was the Official Prayer at every family gathering. Every time a prayer was called for it was assumed I’d do the praying. But that’s not the point of this post.
One of the more common ways Christians pray is in a prayer circle, where everyone stands around (handholding optional) and takes turns praying out loud. Today I came across this hilarious list that anyone who has been involved in your standard evangelical Christian prayer circle will be able to relate to. It’s a list of people you will meet in a prayer circle – and it is wonderfully accurate. Here’s a taste:
2. The Almost-er
This is the person sitting near you that is constantly on the verge of praying. You can hear them doing that little breath thing, that small inhale that occurs a split second before someone speaks. And you can hear it because it's loud in the deafening silence of the prayer circle. Every time you are about to say a prayer you hear the Almost-er and you stop out of courtesy. And then they don't pray. So you start again and an inhale from the Almost-er stops you again. It's quite a little dance.