by Ollie Weisel for CPW News Services
While Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham prayed for the suffering of Manhattan, Mrs. Beulah Maude Frishert who lost her retirement in a series of investments in Worldcom, HealthSouth, Enron, Tyco and Bernie Madoff's investment schemes, was praying, too.
"The two prayers sounded very different," said Rev. Wilmer Pickens of the Institute for the Study of the Power of Prayer in Boone, Tennessee. "Franklin's prayer was a heartfelt plea for deliverance from harm. Mrs. Frishert's prayer was similar, but asked that all the wrath of the surrounding areas be focused on Wall Street."
Mrs. Frishert's prayer was provided by Rev. Pickens who read it on WOAT radio in Cattail Creek, Tennessee.
"Oh God, please do not let those poor Northeasterners suffer unduly. And if it be your will, would you please find it in your heart to focus the full force of Sandy's wrath at the Southern tip of Manhattan Island, specifically on Wall Street. The Goldman Saks' offices would be nice. Donald Trump's Tower would be okay, too. And don't let any of the good men who were working on that dangling crane that appeared to have erectile dysfunction to be harmed in any way. Thank you, God, for not sending them a catagory 4 or 5 like Katrina that hit New Orleans, unless by focusing the power on Wall Street you decide to rachet it up to that level or even higher. What would a category 10 look like? I know that with you, O God, all things are possible. Amen."