Friday, June 10, 2011

Hard Options

Christians who are chronically ill and those who love them must often feel stranded between two options: to pray more earnestly and constantly (I am not doing enough) or to give up on prayer entirely (it does not matter what I do; things don't get better). This cannot really be resolved existentially in a world that is still groaning.


  1. I have given up praying for my wife and myself. (We both have health issues) it honestly seems a waste of time. I feel like Paul who kept looking for his thorn to be removed and is finally told to stop asking. What is the point of asking for strength or endurance? I get the feeling that the answer has already been given.

  2. Seolman:

    I am so sorry for your terrible situation. Truly, "hope deferred makes the heart sick." I lament your losses. There are many forms of prayer, petition being only one. You can lament, you can thank God for what you do have and will have in the New Heavens and New Earth (promised to all Christians). You can try, with God's help, to bring some light and life and truth into the world, despite your troubles.

    Prayer: God of all comfort, please comfort and encourage this man and his wife as only you can. In Jesus' name, Amen.