Did you get the giggles as you read the title? I almost did but I have to address the possibility there may be some people who may answer that title question with a resounding “Yes.”
I did warn this work wasn't for everybody.
The reason why some may think “Yes” is because there are instances where the write may be accused of blasphemy.
Blas-phe-my noun \ˈblas-fə-mē\
● great disrespect shown to God or to something holy
● something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy
Each section in Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes starts off as a stage. That stage is usually accompanied by some random thoughts or by talks being exchanged with God.
It starts off simple enough. A little girl is praying. It's not the fact that she's praying but what she's praying for that one should notice.
Stage One-Flicker (excerpt):
All I want more than anything, is a Mom and Dad that consider me their Pride and Joy.
What happened to the standard, “God bless Mommy. God bless Daddy. God bless me.”?
That prayer didn't live there.
Then as the stages progress, the tone begins to transform, and by the time one gets to Stage Three (Blaze), there are some people who will be hotter than the Hell they will be commanding me to go to.
Stage Three-Blaze (excerpt):
Instead of closing this with an Amen, I'll leave You with this:
Why am I still praying?
If something doesn't make sense to me, I ask questions.
Yet, Religion seems to be people's ultimate exception. If it was any other topic, one would be deemed foolish to not ask. It's the whole, “If John walked off a cliff, would you do so, too?” Most wouldn't volunteer to walk off a cliff, yet we are supposed to take certain elements in religion at face value, even if they seem in contradiction.
If this question was about any other subject or placed in a different context, not too many would be offended at all. I'd just be an explorer searching for answers.
Once a person gets to Stage Six, there is a single statement that covers everything:
Please let there be a Purpose to this Pain.
There is a Purpose, and sometimes to get to the Purpose, one has to go through the Pain. Yes, we can all wish that our lives were trouble free, and that everything should have the feel of Paradise. If things were going wonderfully all the time, how much would we really appreciate it?
How long does it take a person to stop appreciating good deeds when they are getting done all the time? Soon, you may think, “Why should I keep giving props to actions that should be performed anyway?” It is why the person who's always had one's back gets slighted while the person who rarely comes through (and then does) gets praise.
How long does it take a person to tire of the latest technology? Sure, your son or daughter may love the newest iPhone, but how long before he or she wants to cast it aside to get the next best thing?
Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes isn't an archive from the Devil.
It's an expression of confusion and rage—real reactions to things that have occurred in life. It's exercising the inclination to question, and I believe that everyone has done this at some point and time, but not too many are brave enough to admit it and put it in print for the world to see.
It is the ultimate celebration of being appreciative.
All I can do is hope that people go beyond their inclination to judge the journey and view the end result as a testament.
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