> On New Year’s Eve, a friend came by to ask me what I wanted God to do for me in 2008 so that she could pray for me in church the same night. In Ghana, New Years is an important church event more than anything else. The question surprised me and since I am not really a believer and hence don’t know what to ask God for, I answered
Well, I think I’d like to learn how to drive.
My friend looked at me disapprovingly and pointed out that it in a way already has been granted since I have signed up at the driving school.
Yeah, you are right,
I hear myself saying. With surprising determination I continue,
Then I’d like a car.
What? Has it come to that? A car? For the new year, I don’t wish to become a better person or to make the world a better place. I ask for a gasdriven vehichle of my own. Oh Lord, help me.