five catholics, one muslim, a presbyterian, a baptist, a wiccan, a jew, a mennonite, and an atheist. . . .


it should be the beginning of a joke that your insensitive uncle would tell at thanksgiving dinner and your mennonite cousin would burst into tears and the wiccan would start a long monologue about the history of her religion.


i have been packing and selling off my possessions and there isn’t a fork or a spoon or a plate left in this house.  i have made plane and hotel reservations for visiting facebook friends after the house closes on tuesday.  i turned off the gas, electricity, water, cable, and the jehovah’s witnesses coming to the door every friday afternoon.

lust is one of the seven deadly sins. and this is what i lust for. today i am wondering if the wages of lust for tomato red platform heels with a pert little canvas bow is . . . delayed closing.


so many americans are aware of the sliding interest rates that they are refinancing their mortgages and the market is even picking up a little.  we should rejoice!  and i do!  but there’s a selfish side that says “wait, my buyers are being told that they aren’t going to be approved for their loan until maybe as late as midjuly because of this backlog!  we can’t close on the house this coming tuesday!  what am i going to do?”

first, i plan on getting those jehovah’s witnesses back!  every friday, miss rose comes and we pray together.  i don’t believe in the tenets of the witnesses but i appreciate that she cares so much that she’s willing to walk from house to house in winnetka every friday, winter and summer.  she talks about her faith, gives me a copy of the watch tower and we pray together.  i gotta make sure i’m here friday afternoon for miss rose’s visit!  second, i am praying.  and third, enlisting my friends to pray for me.  so far, i have five catholics, one muslim, a presbyterian, a baptist, a wiccan, a jew, a mennonite, and an atheist.  that’s a very big life raft of faith and, oddly, all are my facebook friends.

i have been astonished at how facebook has taught me about the diversity of experience and lifestyle of my friends.  and i have become more tolerant and appreciative.  i am more at peace about my own religious perspective as well.

it is in the book of matthew 18:19 of the Bible wherein Jesus says “again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”  all i pray is that i will be flexible, strong, sure of myself, and will remember that chaos and confusion is a perfectly ordinary part of life.

i’m grateful for prayers and i pray for others as well. but i’m a little curious about my friend who is an atheist. is there going to be a lightening strike?


i’m also wondering about those red shoes. . . is there a causal connection between my lust for those shoes and the backlog of mortgage applications at wells fargo?





11 responses to “five catholics, one muslim, a presbyterian, a baptist, a wiccan, a jew, a mennonite, and an atheist. . . .

  • Don Wainwright

    Hi Arlynn, Another Presbyterian praying that you have safe travels. Paul set out on some tough journeys, too (possibly as far as the British Isles)and said “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

    Don’t be afraid to ask him for stuff. You’re blessed with a kind heart; I’m sure he’s listening to you.


    Cross references:
    Philippians 4:6 : Matt 6:25
    Philippians 4:6 : Eph 6:18; 1 Tim 2:1; 5:5

    • arlynn presser

      aren’t presbies the “ear of the elders”? i am so happy. and yes, paul had a great wicked journey. i don’t think mine will end altogether like his. and yes, i take on the phillipians message of do not be anxious. i am so grateful.

  • [J]

    I will be praying for you, Arlynn.
    “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” -Matthew 18:20
    May God bless you and keep you safe in your many journeys through life.

  • Pink Ninjabi

    LOVE this post! HAHAHA.. LOVE! Soo awesome! Like world peace and change of place all in one! HAHA… Hugssss to youuuu!!!


  • kaiamorrigan

    Hey Arlynn…count in one Celtic-working on Buddhism-student of Native American Medicine among your prayer pals (())

  • arlynn presser

    damn, i think we have all our bases covered!!!!!!!

  • tonytyner

    Hi Arlynn, I go to a Unity Church where we study “practical christianity.” and accept all denominations.

    Also, my dear old late grandmother used to say this whenever we were about to drive away from her house. “A prayer on each wheel.” So I say to you a prayer on each loan officer.

  • carolynquinn

    Count me in too – a Catholic who is also into and loves Native American and Hawaiian belief systems!

  • Monica Nobrega (@DrLikilila)

    YES ! … it does … are outstanding the red shoes … It’s only red shoes !

  • Don Wainwright

    You’ve been blessed with many talents and friends. I think that you’ll do just fine. As for me, I don’t know about having the “ear of the elders”. I consider myself just a thief on the cross that prays for mercy instead of justice everyday. 🙂

  • carolynquinn

    You have excellent taste in shoes. Now I want those red shoes, too! The manufacturer should offer you a commission.

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