Illinois woman prays God will bring jobs to her town.

JoAnna Caldwell of Jacksonville, Illinois has the solution to her town’s unemployment problem. She got a handful of people together and prayed for God to make it all better:

“I was laying in bed and I heard God say, ‘Go pray in the plaza,’” Caldwell said. “So I figured I’d get people out here with me.”

Caldwell stationed people facing north, south, east and west around the Civil War memorial as she led them in prayers that included Psalms 103, Ephesians 3 and the Lord’s Prayer.

Mayor Andy Ezard and Salvation Army caseworker Alan Bradish were among about eight people in attendance as Caldwell shouted out her prayers to improve conditions.

“We shall not want for jobs,” Caldwell said. “We have no fear. We’re not in a recession, that’s what the world says.”

Yeah, that should do the trick. After all it’s a proven fact that prayer works, right?

Well, no, it doesn’t. At least not when put to the test. If anything some studies have shown that prayer can sometimes make things worse. Almost as if God is annoyed you’re bugging him with your puny little problems. But none of that bothers Ms. Caldwell:

After seven minutes of continual prayer, Caldwell thanked those in attendance for coming and enduring the cold to pray for more employment.

“Just watch,” Caldwell said. “We will see results.”

It’s worth noting that she didn’t say when we would see results. That makes for a nice way to claim any improvement in employment to be proof God listened to their prayers even if it takes years.

At the very least she’s not asking God to kill someone, like some Senators and religious leaders have been doing as of late, so I suppose there’s no real harm in it. If it helps her to sleep better at night then who am I to yank her security blanket away?

It’s just a shame the newspaper considered less than a dozen people standing around in the cold pleading to an imaginary sky-fairy to be news.

12 thoughts on “Illinois woman prays God will bring jobs to her town.

  1. I used to live in an apartment next to a Crazy Christian. She lost her job and was divorced with 2 young boys (like 8 or 10 or something). When she was evicted she refused to let her husband keep her kids until she got back on her feet…so during the day while they were at school she would sit in her storage unit at the local storage place and then we let them sleep at our house so the boys would have a house to sleep in. Her family even refused to put her up. She refused to get any job that wasn’t a nursing type job because she felt she was worth more than McDonald’s.

    Anyway to my point..

    I was talking to her one day and she said she was praying that God would send her a job and she “heard God” ask her exactly how much money she needed. So she got all her bills together and wrote them out and started praying for that exact amount from God and was confident that he would send it to her. We actually told them that she had to leave after that since it was obvious she wasn’t going to do what she needed to take care of her kids…and I always wondered if she thought that God would send her a check in the mail…

  2. If you are waiting for an imaginary friend to fix your problems, then your problems will never get fixed. What bothers me is when something changes in someone’s world, either by action of that individual or by coincidence, god gets the credit. It must be god’s will that she is crazy and unemployed. He must have a greater plan for her to allow her crazy ass to suffer so. “I heard God say” is very disturbing. Gee, I would look into getting a new mayor. This one seems to think that imaginary friends provide more than hard work.

  3. I too get so bothered by the whole “god gets the credit” phenomena. I have a friend who lost her job earlier this year, and then a month later her husband lost HIS job, and the two of them worked their butts off to find new jobs within about 4 or 5 months, but when they got their new jobs, it was all, “It was god’s work in our lives; god will provide; god gave us these jobs; blah blah blah” ad nauseum to the point that I seriously did start to fear for her sanity — she sounds at the very least like she’s suffering from religious hysteria. No, god didn’t give you a job — your employer gave you a job because you were the person most qualified for it through your own hard work. Get a grip.

  4. So, the Christmas Day Tsunami in 2004 must have been God’s will? It WAS an act of nature. All those orientals must have been evil, otherwise God would not have let them die, right? And they don’t even look like us, so they must have been evil, right?

    Jesus, deliver me from your followers!


  5. How did she know it was God who told her to go pray in the plaza? Did she ask for two forms of ID? How about a thumbprint? Now, if she saw God, how could she recognize him, without some previous encounter and a proper introduction? So many questions, so few answers! 🙂


  6. The pope has been preying for peace every new year for hundreds of years. Maybe this lady will have better luck.

  7. She should be careful about praying for such things. In 2008 the governor of GA led the state in prayers for rain. In 2009 we had 100 year floods.

  8. I’m a bit confused here. So God listened to the prayer but will only implement if she prays in a certain location? Why? Is he limited in that way? Can the magical invocations that make him intervene only work in certain locations?

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  10. You wrote, “It’s just a shame the newspaper considered less than a dozen people standing around in the cold pleading to an imaginary sky-fairy to be news.”

    I have to disagree! I wish it were more newsworthy. That would indicate two good things: (1) that it was a slow news day, with little bleeding to lead, and (2) that it was unusual for people to demonstrate or even admit belief in Stone Age sky-fairies.

    [mini ha-ha: the postmodernist in me likes that the captcha phrase right below this could be a Christevangelist’s screen name!]

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