Update on "What if I prayed": A boy died today.

Some days ago I posted a case of a pastor friend of mine who had his son very sick.

 

Well, Today December 24 my friend the pastor had to see his son be disconnected from the machine that kept him alive. After many week of anguish and of seeing that child fight between life and death, science could do nothing.

 

But what about God? If we had to believe in it, he was like a millionaire who sees his son asking him for help to cure his grandson. The millionaire has the capacity, but will just let that kid live for a couple of weeks, and then let him die.

 

Yet, my friend the pastor prays and asks for strength for him and for his wife. I won't be the asshole who asks "where is your God now?" actually I don't think there is someone so inhumane who says that. However, it's saddening to see such a good person suffering such a horrible pain and yet, thinking that there is a god who listens to him. If there is, he just didn't care. As usual.

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Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on December 25, 2010 at 7:10pm
It's a sad time for your friend.  He will need a long time to process this loss.  That might change how he feels about religion, or it might not.  Only time will tell.
Comment by Beth L. on December 25, 2010 at 6:45pm

I am so sorry for your friend's loss.

 

Dealing with this must have an extra dimension of difficulty for him, since he is a pastor.  I think it's not uncommon for folk in his situation to question god, and be angry (as well they should be if they truly believe, for the reasons you mentioned).  But he has to do it while leading the flock, and the flock likely won't be very pleased to see the pastor angry at the savior.  Probably he'll hide it.

 

Luckily, he has you.  Hopefully he realizes that you could be a "safe" arena to share his true feelings.

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