THE PRAYER OF DESPERATION — HOW SINCERE?
Charlie Brown is in school and it is time to give a report. He just knows the teacher must be about to call on him. But he is not prepared and he is talking to himself: “Why do things like this always happen to me? Because I don’t do my homework, that’s why things like this always happen to me! I’m doomed! If that bell doesn’t ring pretty soon, I’m doomed. I should have done that report, and then I wouldn’t have had to worry like this.” He starts to plead, to pray, to the teacher, to God, to someone, anyone out there to deliver him. “Oh, please don’t call on me . . . Please don’t! Why doesn’t that stupid bell ring? Come on bell, ring! Take me off the hook.” He starts biting his nails and sweating great drops. His lament continues: “Please don’t call on me. Ring, bell, Ring!” Finally the bell rings. A…
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