A prayer in time of trouble
Holy Father, my Ethel is going through another very distressing time and I need to ask your help. Like millions of other chronically ill people she is weary of the struggle and you must know very well how it is for those of us who love her to have to watch it for you love her also. We fully accept that being part of a human family you are working to redeem and glorify means we share in the universal hurt and since we are at peace with you in Jesus Christ we have no quarrel with you and feel no need to defend ourselves against you as though you were our enemy rather than our Holy Father who is very fond of us.
We've not asked for exemption from illness or death or heartache when it comes and we're not asking for it now, only that you would make your loving presence known in a more manifest way that can be felt by two of your emotionally weakened children who at this time are longing for such an assurance. We recognize too that there are countless poor souls who suffer without such a comforting blessing and if some sense of "distance" is to be part of this entire experience then so be it. And if that be the case and we are to have a deeper understanding of the hurt of this whole groaning world that senses that "distance" and your apparent absence, then we pray that you be especially near us so that your peace will guard our hearts in a very difficult time and that not only will we love you still cheerfully and be bound more closely to one another in dependence on each other but that in some way others will be blessed.
The test results will be what they will be and we long to be what we can be so long as we are assured that you are who and what you are. Of that we're sure in light of the Christ and we ask you to help us to maintain that clear vision in our hearts.
ethel and jim mcguiggan
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