I’m not sure what to make of this letter in today’s P-G except to say that I don’t think most people actually know the words to “Imagine”, especially the folks who think it’s the greatest song ever:
Awhile back, John Lennon wrote a masterpiece called “Imagine.” I could not help thinking about the realities of imagination the last few days while the president of Iran was in our country.
With all the words written before, during and now after his stay, and with many protesting, I imagine what could have happened if each and every one of these people took their energy (and hate) and turned it into prayer for that man.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. …” Maybe in prayer we may someday be as one.
CECELIA L. MAZZARINI
If we would be operating in the spirit of “Imagine”, exactly why on earth would we pray for Ahmadinejad, or anyone else for that matter? To quote a few more of the song lyrics:
Imagine there’s no Heaven / It’s easy if you try
No hell below us / Above us only sky
Imagine all the people / Living for today
Imagine there’s no countries / It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too
Imagine all the people / Living life in peace
If there’s no Heaven, no God, and essentially nothing to die for (or live for, for that matter), then prayer is completely meaningless. Honestly, I don’t know why the P-G prints such silly letters. Although… wouldn’t it be something if they printed a letter making a similar plea of President Bush’s enemies? Instead of hating on him, pray for him? That would certainly be a riot, wouldn’t it?
Well, anyway, I would gladly pray for Ahmadinejad to turn from his terrorist ways. I doubt he will, but who knows – as Pittsburgh’s new Catholic bishop likes to say, “Nothing is impossible with God.”