“Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer”
Looking over my bookshelf, my little red book, Unconventional Prayers, caught my attention.
I opened the book to the prayer “For a Back Seat Driver.”
I am a classic example of a back seat driver so it’s appropriate for me to share Dr. Allen Stockdale’s prayer.
A reminder–1955 is the copyright date of this book.
Dear safety-minded Guardian Angel, I am a driver of an automobile. The traffic is severe and driving is dangerous. I have a wife who rides on the back seat, opposite side from the wheel; her angle of vision is different from mine, for she does not drive at the wheel, but continually tells me what to do while I’m driving. maybe in heaven there are no automobiles and no back seat drivers and you don’t have to meet the problem. I am not ready for heaven yet and still must meet these earthly irritations. I pray thee, good Angel, look down upon me in divine pity and tell me clearly what to do. Religion is a life as well as a belief, but I have more trouble with the life part of it.
Maybe it’s only me but I think most my fellow backseat drivers have much shorter and more intense prayers as we sit in the passenger seat. I think most of our prayers are more in the Mark Twain style.