This is Just Painful to Read…

She has doubts during difficult times.

But she still prays for healing.

Sometimes, things get better:

Well, laugh all you want, but the boy and I got down on our knees one evening, placed our hands on the tank and prayed for [goldfish] Swifty’s healing. We prayed passionately. I kind of rode on the kid’s faith. Not too far in the back of my mind was this thought: If I can’t believe God to heal a goldfish, my faith really is pathetic.

Well, suffice it to say that Swifty is now a 2-year-old goldfish with a rippling tail and a full set of fins.

No, it wasn’t the prayer. It was the antibiotics given to the fish. That’s not the point, though.

In another case, the writer’s friend, DD, has a severe form of sickle cell.

When I walked in the door, DD was sitting on the floor in dim light, clutching a heating pad to her chest. She was rocking slightly, the same thing she’d done as a child to distract herself from the pain.

She stared at me expressionless. There was nothing to say.

“What do you want God to do?” I asked.

Stupid question of the day.

“I want to be healed,” she said.

I felt my faith shudder. I rambled on about this and that for a while and asked a bunch of lame questions, which she patiently answered, still rocking.

I was stalling for time. I knew this was the point where the rubber meets the road, and where our belief so often falters: Are we going to get down and pray for a miracle, or are we going to mumble platitudes about God’s goodness and his sovereignty and his blah-blah-blah to cover our own lack of faith?

The pain started to recede. I know because I asked her. I had made a decision to stay there and pray until things got better.

Or until I had to take her to the emergency room. Whichever came first.

If that sounds like a faith-deficient stance, all I can say is that is where I stood.

Within two days, there was no pain at all.

Is she entirely healed? I don’t know. She is still believing God for total healing of this medically incurable condition.

Even when it does provide temporary relief, not unlike a placebo, it’s so sad to know prayer is the best hope in this story. It’s the only hope a lot of people have. When there is no cure… or they can’t afford proper health care… can you blame them for turning to God? It’s hard for me to criticize their beliefs when I don’t have better options to give them.

But it’s even more disturbing when many of the people who pray for “healing” don’t support the very research that might actually help others with their problems in the future.

Ugh. This post is just depressing.

(Thanks to Kelsi for the link)


[tags]atheist, atheism, prayer, religion, Christianity, Jesus[/tags]

  • Richard Wade

    I once had a headache. I took two aspirins and prayed that the headache would go away. And the prayer worked!

    I once had a fire in a wastebasket. I poured water on it and prayed that the fire would go out. And the prayer worked!

    I once was constipated. I ate two prunes and prayed that the constipation would be cured. And the prayer worked!

    I once had car trouble. I took it to a good mechanic and prayed that the car would work again. And the prayer worked!

    Just goes to show you, as long as you have aspirin, water, prunes and a good mechanic, prayer works every time.

  • Maria

    Even when it does provide temporary relief, not unlike a placebo, it’s so sad to know prayer is the best hope in this story. It’s the only hope a lot of people have. When there is no cure… or they can’t afford proper health care… can you blame them for turning to God? It’s hard for me to criticize their beliefs when I don’t have better options to give them.

    But it’s even more disturbing when many of the people who pray for “healing” don’t support the very research that might actually help others with their problems in the future.

    I agree

  • http://meritboundalley.wordpress.com Joe M

    Okay, having owned quite a few fish and being familiar with the workings of a new aquarium, I can see what happened here.

    Their fish got fin rot for one of two reasons:
    1. Chlorine still in the water from a city water system
    2. Goldfish put out a lot of waste. If the proper bacteris has not grown in the water to take care of the ammonia/nitrites/nitrates cycle, then the fish will get sick.

    So, first off, it is a case of an uninformed fish owner treating their new pet with ignorant cruelty. You wouldn’t make your new kitten dwell in it’s litterbox, would you?

    The antibiotics only kept the fish alive and in pain while the tank slowly took weeks to remove the poison from the water. This fish will get sick again if they don’t take care to do regular water changes and remove the chlorine from the new water.

    Ignorance made the fish sick and chemistry made it better.


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