I have posted something like this before and I still don't know what I expect anybody to say or do. I have to say something about it though because I have encountered weirdness yet again.
I provide occupational therapy to mostly elderly patients in their homes. I have been going along for months with nothing out of the ordinary happening as far as religion is concerned. All of the sudden within the last couple of weeks I have encountered Christianity everywhere I turn.
There was the lady with obsessive-compulsive disorder and dementia, who kept telling me about how the Lord and St. Somebody took care of her all her life. Then there was the Catholic guy with Bible study guides all over the place who invited me to his church. I hit the jackpot with one gentleman, whose minister was there during one of my therapy sessions and whose wife talks about Jesus and the church all the time. I mean incessantly. This woman has a 3-D Jesus clock. When I saw it I almost said, "Holy shit! Is that a 3-D Jesus clock!" but then I remembered she is serious about this and could not comprehend the depths of my delight in seeing a Jesus clock in its natural habitat.
Yesterday after work I walked up the road to the local orchard to get some apples. On my way back I saw two women standing on the side of the road looking at something and pointing. I figured it was a moose or a deer or something reasonable like that. Turns out they saw the face of Jesus in an old gnarled tree trunk. when they pointed it out to me I could see it. I could also see a different face and an owl, much to my relief.
Today at work I went to see a woman who had multiple "Jesus is Lord" type things hanging on the walls, a Jesus rug, and, against all comprehension, a black-velvet Jesus painting. She also had a fire-and-brimstone sermon playing on a CD or radio somewhere.
If I were going to be looking for Jesus to be reaching out to me, I would certainly think he was. If I told religious people about this I think a good number of them would think Jesus is reaching out to me. I think I am working in a certain area with a pious bunch of folks and that I am likely to notice these things more because of my atheism. But even so, it is weird.
I want to point out that I have said nothing to any of these people of my atheism, and when they have brought things up I have been politely and professionally vague yet supportive. This is not the place for me to say anything. Some of these people have dementia and might be genuinely scared if I told them I am an atheist.
If I wake up tomorrow and Jesus is on my doorstep performing miracles, I will think he is reaching out to me. Otherwise I will go on being amazed at how people think and I will try to understand their worlds so I can help them. I think I will also be on a personal mission to find the tackiest Jesus item among the people I visit. The 3-D Jesus clock will be a tough one to beat.
aaaaahhahaha. This is so fucked up. Santa lost someone on 9-11?
I hope a child drew this. Jesus' head is colossal. I expect it to rupture any minute and spawn a new demigod.
What's on the parchment in the angel's hands?
That IS bad. Good grief.
A rug? They walk on an image of their god? That's not sacrilegious?
Well I guess it was a tapestry, really. I couldn't think of that word at the time.
I'd get a t-shirt made that says, "Don't worry, I'm an Atheist and I'm here to help."
In fact, I think I might get a shirt like that made for every day of the week.