Saturday, July 09, 2011

prayer requests...

... physical illnesses are such a nasty thing. You can be angry you are sick but really, who can you be mad at? It's not like it's a wrong that has been inflicted on you by some one else. Illness just happens. No one is to blame.

A lot of times, with diseases, you are also left completely dependent on other people. This can be especially difficult if you are used to being completely self sufficient. I think this is why Christians handle disease better than atheists. Christians never really view themselves as 100% self reliant. We know that we always must rely on God first and foremost. So seeking help is less of a sting to our pride. But it is a sting non the less.

In the absence of a tangible person or thing to lay blame for a sickness, sadly, many will blame God. So it may seem like a simple thing for us to offer our prayers. In fact, it may seem like a wholly useless thing when people facing their mortality and physically weakness need so much and all we have to offer of our promises of prayer.

You may distress that you can't be there for them at their sides when they need you most. You may feel as helpless as they feel to themselves. But know, your prayers are needed and valued as much, if not more, than your physical presence.

Several people who are close and dear to me have been struck ill and are in need of prayer. They need prayers or strength and faith as much as they need prayers of healing. Sometimes God doesn't heal... physically at least. But if asked, He will always give comfort and strength. Sometimes an illness brings many who were drifting away from Him back. It's amazing what a squelched sense of immortality can do for a person's spirituality.

I endured this first hand. At thirty four, who has a heart attack? I did. I realized that while I may be young I can still go at any moment He determines. This had an incredible impact on my mass attendance, to say the least.

Of course I am not implying that those who fall ill deserve it out of retribution for a false sense of spiritual and physical security. I am not challenging the faithfulness of any individual before they fall ill. I'm just referring to myself and my own experience. And since I am always trying to over come my natural inclination towards cynicism and lack of charity, I force myself to find the good in every situation. Annoying, yes. But it keeps me from wallowing.

So back to my friends; Please pray for Jill H who is receiving chemo for lung cancer, John R. who is receiving chemo for throat cancer, M.R. who found a lump in her breast, Michelle C. who is waiting for her diagnosis of MS, Philip Gerard Johnson who is a local seminarian with a brain tumor and in Lourdes right now, Dorothy C. who is struggling with fertility issues, and lastly Hilary White who is undergoing chemo for cancer.

Pray for their strength and faith as well as for their family and those who care for them.


Anthony S. Layne said...

Praying for your intentions. God bless, Kat.

Statius said...

I know where you're coming from. Serious illness is of course a terrible thing to go through, but it can give a certain sense of perspective, if one lets it, and that at least is something.

I'm praying for your intentions.

Anonymous said...

Please cite an example of Christians handling disease better than atheists.

Or was that just a pointless pot shot at atheists?

The Crescat said...

Dear Anon, no pot shot was intended but judging from your defensive reply I unintentionally struck a nerve.

There have been numerous medical accounts documenting those who pray during recovery heal at a faster rate.

Some can argue it's the power of positive thinking and some can argue it's their faith and God's grace.

That was all I meant, nothing sinister of pot shot-ery there.

I figure since atheists don't believe in anything... well, that is a belief isn't it? The belief that there's nothing. Seems like a contradictory "belief" system, but I digress.

My point... the power of prayer is well documented, so much so, that I didn't feel I needed to provide a bunch of medical links in a simple post requesting prayers for my dear friends.

I will not respond more on the topic, my dear brave 'Anonymous', other than to say I feel your decorum is wholly inappropriate and quite tacky.

Denita said...

St. Perigrine, pray for them...

Denita said...

I meant to say "St. Peregrine". Sorry. Praying for your friends.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

May all receive healing and peace. Sometimes the healing is psychological when the physical does not change.

Anonymous said...

Hi it's me again.

I can't speak for all atheists, but I wouldn't say I don't believe in *anything.*

Rather, I'd say that I require evidence for my beliefs. So far, I haven't seen evidence for any gods. Hence my atheism.

I think it's really nice of you to pray for other people. It shows a generosity of spirit. I just don't think gods are the agent of improvement in the recipient's health.

You mentioned that you think my decorum is wholly inappropriate and quite tacky. Fair enough. You know what else is "wholly inapproprate and quite tacky?"

Saying that "slaying liberals" is among your interests. That's messed up, dude.

Christopher Lake said...

Kat, I just saw this post now, on Tuesday morning. I will be praying, regarding the requests here. Thank you for alerting us to these needs.

The Crescat said...

My persistent Anonymous, as I have previously stated; this particular post containing this particular subject matter is just not the time nor the place for debates of this nature.

Should you desire to continue the conversation further I would happily oblige. I'm quite mild mannered despite my lethal hobbies, of which you so adamantly object.

that email is

ps- women do not take kindly to being referred to as "dudes". I will let that transgression slide since I don't know much about atheists it is entirely possible they also don;t believe in manners.

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