Prayer of the Unicyclist

My mother in Oklahoma has a successful hobby of writing and publishing
poetry. When my boys and I discovered the love of unicycling last year,
unknown to us my mother wrote and dedicated a poem to us and had it
mounted on a plaque. We just received it in the mail this week. She can be
reached at either idellapearl@msn.com or idella_edwards@dcs.state.ok.us
Please feel free to contact her for any reason or to just say “howdy”
(Oklahoma speak for Hi).

Here is a copy of the text:

PRAYER OF THE UNICYCLIST Dedicated to Bruce, Ben and Brad Edwards

Dear Lord, I pray, as I go today For a fun-filled unicycle ride, May the
one-wheel remind me that You are the One Who is always there by my side.

And remind me, Lord, as I strive for balance That You are also the One To
help me balance my time each day From dawn 'til setting sun.

Each time I ride with my hands in the air And my arms floating free in the
breeze, May I know that true freedom can only be mine When I spend time
down on my knees.

When I venture out farther and each muscle rebels, Give me the gift of
persistence, So that in this sport and also in life, I am able to go
the distance.

Wherever I go for a unicycle ride, It seems to attract attention; O Lord,
may I be a witness for You So others might find salvation. Amen.

Copywrite 2001 Idella Pearl Edwards

<!doctype html public “-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en”> <html> Now
where can we go to meet a nicer group of people than this unicycling
newsgroup?
<p>Bruce & Mary Edwards wrote: <blockquote TYPE=CITE>My mother in
Oklahoma has a successful hobby of writing and publishing
<br>poetry. When my boys and I discovered the love of unicycling
last year, <br>unknown to us my mother wrote and dedicated a poem to us
and had it <br>mounted on a plaque. We just received it in the
mail this week. She <br>can be reached at either
idellapearl@msn.com or <br>idella_edwards@dcs.state.ok.us Please
feel free to contact her for any <br>reason or to just say “howdy”
(Oklahoma speak for Hi).
<q>Here is a copy of the text:
<r>PRAYER OF THE UNICYCLIST <br>Dedicated to Bruce, Ben and Brad Edwards
<s>Dear Lord, I pray, as I go today <br>For a fun-filled unicycle ride,
<br>May the one-wheel remind me that You are the One <br>Who is always
there by my side.
<t>And remind me, Lord, as I strive for balance <br>That You are also
the One <br>To help me balance my time each day <br>From dawn 'til
setting sun.
<u>Each time I ride with my hands in the air <br>And my arms floating free
in the breeze, <br>May I know that true freedom can only be mine
<br>When I spend time down on my knees.
<v>When I venture out farther and each muscle rebels, <br>Give me the gift
of persistence, <br>So that in this sport and also in life, <br>I am
able to go the distance.
<w>Wherever I go for a unicycle ride, <br>It seems to attract attention;
<br>O Lord, may I be a witness for You <br>So others might find
salvation. <br>Amen.
<x>Copywrite 2001 Idella Pearl Edwards</blockquote> </html

I have very mixed feelings about this post and at the risk of offending
some I will ramble on here at bit.

First I will state that I have no particular objection to the post having
been made. Newsgroups such as this while serving to allow those with a
particular common interest also give us the opportunity to hash out our
differences on a wide variety of issues.

Second, I think it clear that the Edwards are lovely people, people I
would certainly enjoy having as friends.

Lastly, I believe that each of us has the right to believe and pursue
beliefs that give us the strength to make our way through an undeniably
difficult and frustrating world.

I am an atheist. I do not want or need the particular kind of salvation
offered below. Nor do the millions of the worlds jews, hindus, muslims,
buddhists, etc. Unicycling for the glory of god is fine, just remember,
even if you can’t act on it, that unicycling to spread his/her word smacks
of paternalism and faith-based imperialism.

I will say in closing, that I believe that historically evangelism has
been more about power and influence than about faith. And that as opposed
to combining your own particular beliefs with your daily activities for
your own benefit, combining your daily activities with the intent of
converting others to your beliefs corrupts those activities.

Raphael Lasar Matawan, NJ

Bruce & Mary Edwards wrote:
>
> Wherever I go for a unicycle ride, It seems to attract attention; O
> Lord, may I be a witness for You So others might find salvation. Amen.
>
> Copywrite 2001 Idella Pearl Edwards

Raphael

I too am an atheist, but I think you need to just step down off your soap
box. The title of the post should have said to you - “Don’t read this, it
won’t interest you” rather than “Read this then have a little moan”

Just let people live the way they want to live, if it harms nobody else
then who are we to object.

Now the important bit…

Have Fun!

Graeme

Raphael Lasar <raphael@library.lucent.com> wrote in message
news:3B4B08B7.499BA453@library.lucent.com
> I have very mixed feelings about this post and at the risk of offending
some I
> will ramble on here at bit.
>
> First I will state that I have no particular objection to the
> post having
been
> made. Newsgroups such as this while serving to allow those with a
particular
> common interest also give us the opportunity to hash out our differences
on a
> wide variety of issues.
>
> Second, I think it clear that the Edwards are lovely people, people I
would
> certainly enjoy having as friends.
>
> Lastly, I believe that each of us has the right to believe and pursue
beliefs
> that give us the strength to make our way through an undeniably
> difficult
and
> frustrating world.
>
> I am an atheist. I do not want or need the particular kind of salvation
offered
> below. Nor do the millions of the worlds jews, hindus, muslims,
> buddhists,
etc.
> Unicycling for the glory of god is fine, just remember, even if
> you can’t
act on
> it, that unicycling to spread his/her word smacks of paternalism and
faith-based
> imperialism.
>
> I will say in closing, that I believe that historically evangelism has
been more
> about power and influence than about faith. And that as opposed to
combining
> your own particular beliefs with your daily activities for your own
benefit,
> combining your daily activities with the intent of converting others to
your
> beliefs corrupts those activities.
>
> Raphael Lasar Matawan, NJ
>
> Bruce & Mary Edwards wrote:
> >
> > Wherever I go for a unicycle ride, It seems to attract attention; O
> > Lord, may I be a witness for You So others might find salvation. Amen.
> >
> > Copywrite 2001 Idella Pearl Edwards

Graeme,

I respectfully disagree. I like my soap box and frankly get up on it much
less frequently than I am inclined to.

And secondly, I generally don’t bring up religion with my in-laws
precisely to avoid the kind of reaction from them that this post evoked in
me. When I do it is because I am looking for a little debate.

Thirdly, except for the bit about the salvation at the end, I really
wouldn’t have pulled out the old soap box. That is the part I think is not
always harmless.

And as for having fun, well, except for that end of the month bill paying
session, I don’t have much trouble in that area and wish you all the same.

Raphael Lasar Matawan, NJ

Graeme Dods wrote:
>
> Raphael
>
> I too am an atheist, but I think you need to just step down off your
> soap box. The title of the post should have said to you - "Don’t read
> this, it won’t interest you" rather than "Read this then have a
> little moan"
>
> Just let people live the way they want to live, if it harms nobody else
> then who are we to object.
>
> Now the important bit…
>
> Have Fun!
>
> Graeme

Graeme Dods wrote:
> I too am an atheist, but I think you need to just step down off your
> soap box.

I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with Raphael. I found the prayer
mildly offensive, but I feel it was entirely appropriate to post it here.
I thought Raphael’s response was very well crafted to make his point while
causing the minimum offence to anyone else.

> Have Fun!

Too right.


Danny Colyer (remove your.mind to reply)
http://www.speedy5.freeserve.co.uk/danny/danny.html “The secret of life is
honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made” -
Groucho Marx