Oct 30, 2012 - 11:37 pm
Before I start, there is a caveat: this is a religious post. If you're offended by this you are certainly free to click on the back button and not read any farther. I strongly believe that we are all free to our own opinions, but we are not free to force them upon others. I have no desire to offend anyone but only to offer my beliefs with the hope that it will help others.
Many times when we pray for something, it either goes unanswered or the answer is directly opposite of what we wanted. This can lead to frustration and sometimes the urge to shout at God “Don’t You ever listen?” But, we are unable to see the “big picture” and that the ordained results are better in the long term. Several years ago I was called into a hospital room to minister to a dear friend who was in a coma. When I prayed it was for “if You cannot restore Patricia to us as she was, please take her quickly.” After that prayer, I administered Last Rites – the hardest thing I've ever done in my life – and the power and love in that room was almost overwhelming. My friend Laurie and I could feel both Pat and God with us. To this day I still cannot put into words what an incredible experience that was. Pat passed away peacefully two days later. Had I asked for her to just come back to us and that had been granted, it would have been heart breaking not only for her but for those of us who loved her.
Many people on this board have prayed for me in the few months that I've been here, and I have felt the power of those prayers. Sometimes it’s just a little spiritual tickle and others it’s like a sudden embrace. When I experience those moments, I always send a soft thank you not only to God but to the unknown person who sent the prayer. Armed and armored with that prayer, I’m able to face what ever life and cancer throw at me.
May God bless you all!