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To all my dearest forum friends and fellow diabetics:

It was brought to my attention that my posts that involve my religious beliefs might offend others who are of different faiths. I do apologize to anyone who may have been offended by my posts that include a prayer or my beliefs in general. I am a Christian, and I do not hide that ever. I do however have great admiration and love for others of non-Christian faith. We all have our beliefs, and I do not discriminate against other beliefs or non beliefs as it may be.

So I just hope I have not offended anyone. I posted a prayer and such just because I thought it was a lovely fitting prayer, and wanted to let my friends here know how much they mean to me and that I always keep their best interests and best wishes of great health. I would never try to force what I choose to believe on another.

Hugs to all my friends. Thank you for reading this and know that you are a very important and real part of my life. This forum has given me a place to feel at home.
 
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No one will hate you!! WE ALL LOVE RENEE!!

You have help and share a lot of your experience with us and I am sure whoever read this, will feels its from your bottom of your heart!!

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A prayer is a prayer in every belief, nothing to get offended about.

We all love you Renee !
 

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Thank you for sharing your beautiful prayer with us all, it came from your heart :)

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I agree with Tony...a prayer is a prayer...it comes from the heart and that's all that matters
 
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I missed it, but sometimes I do not care for heavily faith-laden messages. Generally in an institutional venue, not from an individual. Mostly what bug me are: pressure to agree with another's faith; or, in some ways worse, the assumption that I agree with it.

Other than that, it is not easy to offend me!
 

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It is very difficult to offend me. Linda has tried and failed at that ;) I am much more likely to offend you. I like to question everybody's beliefs, especially my own -- I'd call them assumptions, but that would probably offend you. I don't usually trade religious blows, though, not because they offend but because I can't win. I've learned this from trying to tease my son who attends a christian liberal arts school. Likewise, I find religious people often take an unwinnable stance. That's what probably bothers me the most, people assuming I need to follow their beliefs or style of believing and not cluing in that they are only banging their heads. I find it best to shoot for common ground, like I am now, right?
 

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With our country (I mean the US) in so many ways polarized into two camps, I find it all the more important to maintain friendships with as diverse a group of people as possible.

To do less is to feed the fury created by forces trying to manipulate us for their own ends.
 

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I agree with all of you. I would never force what I believe on another. If we have common ground, fine. If not, that is fine too. I guess I just didn't think before posting something that could be misconstrued by others. Duh. But, again, it is from the bottom of my heart (and top and middle) that I hold everyone here near and dear to me.

Thank you for the support gang. You are all sweeties (the kind we diabetics can take in abundance!).
 

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My feeling is that prayer for one another is perfectly fine, as long as they're generic. This is not to say your beliefs be generic, but your expressions of them be generic.

We are blessed to have a congenial forum representing many cultures and religions, with members loving and caring for each other. It didn't happen by accident, so it behooves us to take special care that our prayers are not deity-specific, since many others have different deities or no deity at all. This should not at all reduce the strength of our prayers - but it can go a long way toward reducing irritation among friends.

Being non-specific in this area is actually forum policy - included in being respectful of other members, which seems to me would include taking special care to consider the origin, culture and belief system of others who may read our posts.
 

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Just to mention, I googled a topic today and many of the entries led me right - back - here!

So we are a public forum, and your words can be found.
 

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Naynay,

FWIW don't apologize. You've done nothing wrong that would require one. It's easy to tell you are a kind and loving person, and your "prayer" was / is an extension of you. A reflection of your respect, kindness and love towards others. There is no offence in that.

It's virtually the same for the non-christian to say "I wish you the best for the day!" "Good Karma" "Peace" "I'm thinking about you today"

Positive energy is positive:)
 
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