This past year we have had many people praying for us. Praying for a HEALING of Alexander, praying that we would make it through each day. Prayers for peace as we faced the lose of our beautiful little boy.
I have always believed in the power of prayer. Studies have even been done, that have shown that prayer does work to help in the healing process. But what happens when we don’t get the answers that WE want from our prayers? After Alexander died, I did wonder for a bit “did I not pray enough? Did I ever actually ASK for him to be healed of his horrible disease?”. But deep down I know, that God does answer all prayers, but that sometimes the answer is NO. This is not something we like to hear – and it is very hard for us as humans to accept.
Why are some people healed from their cancer and others are not? Why do some kids fly through their treatments with only a few side effects, while others, like Alexander get the rarest of side effects? There are no easy answers to these questions – I don’t know that we will ever have an answer other than everyone is just different, and everyone responds differently.
How then can we word our prayers? If we know someone that is waiting for a new heart, how can we pray that they will get one, when by that prayer being answered, another family has to face the death of their loved one? Are we then praying for someone to die? Again – no easy answers.
When are prayers are not answered in our way what do we do then? I am sure often then people are angry with God, and you know what? HE can take it!
Pray for those that are taking care of someone too are wonderful – for safe and gentle hands for the doctors and staff as they take care of those in need.
I think the best prayers we can offer up, are prayers for PEACE, for those that are going through difficult time. Prayers that they will find the strength, the will just to make it through each day.