Answered Prayers

by Joe Plemon on August 9, 2009

Say A Prayer
Creative Commons License photo credit: Mutasim B. Pritam [EWU] [Non-DSLR]

My prayer time this morning was filled with thanksgiving as I read an upbeat “Caring Bridge” report on how well Austin, a ten month old baby born with serious physical defects, is doing. I also requested a miracle for Mark, a man in our church who has been fighting a brain tumor. I learned later this morning that Mark lost that fight, leaving a wife and college age daughter behind. I remember thanking God for answering our prayers for Austin. But in my finite wisdom, am I supposed to believe that our prayers for Mark have gone unheeded? I just can’t believe that.

At this moment, I do not desire to dig into a theological discussion of answered prayer. All I can think of is that God is love and I am glad that he is in control. Some day, not today, all will be made clear. In the meantime, my job is not to understand, but to trust.

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Deb August 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm
Wojciech August 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for including me in your links!


Peter August 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

Thanks for the link Joe. Sorry to hear about the man in your church. Dealing with these types of things can be so hard – and hard for us to understand.

At our church we recently had a member who was having some tough times – and he ended up committing suicide – leaving behind several children and a wife. When things like this happen it can be so hard to see the purpose – or how God will use it to His good, but I know he will. God can use horrible circumstances to reach people. We just have to have faith, and know that he is with us – and that he cares for us – even and especially when we’re in the depths of a horrible situation.

My condolences to the family.


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