More Hamlet Musings

In Hamlet, King Claudius appears to be praying, so Hamlet decides not to slice him up with his dagger and exact his revenge at that moment,  b/c he doesn’t want Claudius to go to heaven.    His thinking was that if he’s confessing sins at the moment of his death, then he’ll go to heaven–and he’d be doing him a favor.  Since Hamlet’s dad didn’t get a chance to confess his sins before Claudius killed him, then it wouldn’t be fair.  When Hamlet leaves, Claudius stops praying and utters those words.

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”  Hamlet, III.iii.96

It made me think about the sincerity of my prayers.  Sometimes I just blab out prayers.  Go through the motions to check it off my list….  Does God hear insincere prayers, or is it just noise?  Probably just noise.  God is certainly worthy of more than noise.

Good stuff, Mr. Shakespeare.  Can I call you William?  Billy?  I’d love to be on a first name basis with you!

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