Professor Randall's Note: I have had a bumpy relationship with religion. My foster mother (who bootlegged and who was abusive) made us go to church. She use to say "Go to church and thank God because he is helping me do this." The this to me was being abusive, so I thought-- well if god is helping you abuse me than who the fuck needs God." Although I am agnostic, I find a certain amount of comfort in the gospel music and prayers. One of my favorite prayers is one that is wrongly attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi. Nevertheless, to my mothers and fathers, my sisters and brothers, my daughters and sons, I offer myself and my work to you with the Peace Prayer:
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace
Lord, grant that I might seek rather to comfort,
For it is by self forgetting that one finds.