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What kind of a fool do you think I am?
What’s the point of praying to God?
But you say I need do no more than “act as if,”
and he will respond?

Such nonsense I have never heard;
I close my ears to those willful lies.
But you say, “That is his will;
Try! You will see with your own eyes.”

So I do—I act the hypocrite.
I “act as if” he lovingly might care…
Lo! Daily, my life turns around.
My burdened heart is lighter, fair.

I do not tell him what to do,
nor send shopping lists to the divine.
I simply pray: “Help me, Lord.
Thy will be done, not mine!”

I want to hold this discovery close and tight
and keep it hidden with all my might.
But you question, “Why my cheery disposition?”
So to you I give this exposition!

— Anonymous

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