Hello, my friends!
In case you think your gods don’t care about you, They do. If They didn’t care about Their devotees, They wouldn’t have them. Trust me. Even the most curmudgeonly of the deities will let you know He’s there when you’re having the brain weasels(to steal a phrase from Nono).
Case in point: A couple weeks ago, I had a rather nasty run in with some bros claiming to be Asatruar, or Odinists, not sure which. Brosatru. Those guys who think Loki isn’t worthy of being a deity and that black people can’t be Norse, among other awkwardness. Anyway. Had a run in, made a comment like, “and I will lay upon you a flyting that would make the Allfather Himself proud,” and got the comment back, “well, seeing as Odin doesn’t care about this…” which, for some reason, started giving me the doubts. First off, I was angry at this particular group of people already, and ended up deleting my comment to save my own sanity from further interaction, but for some reason, the idea that Odin didn’t care got stuck in my head. I kept telling myself, “people change, gods change too,” but wasn’t quite believing myself. I about broke down when I asked the folks Upstairs about it and got no answer. Of course, I was so distressed with the context of the argument that my astral radio was more or less broken.
The next day I saw crows. Murders of crows. Everywhere. Online, in person, on logos for shtuff that I was stocking at work, etc. I even saw a journal with, “everything is connected,” on the cover. I was laughing when I walked out of work and about a dozen massive crows flew into the parking lot. I honestly didn’t know there were that many in Greeley. I had also asked Bran to come over and be my emotional support animal for a while, and he’d told me the night before that he got me something. Turns out, that something was a pop figure of Odin. I actually cried when he gave it to me. I promptly made him a tiny floppy hat and cloak, and now he sits up on top of my bookshelf next to Thor.
This continued for the next couple of days. Crows coming to watching me walk home, ravens appearing on my Facebook feed, even going back through some of Loki’s Little Hippie Witch’s posts and finding this lovely interaction between her and Mani. Odin kept sending me these little nudges until I finally sat down, smiled, and said, “yes, They do care.” So, if ever you’re in doubt, watch for the little things. They do care, and They are there.