Unanswered prayers

Reverend Daniel Hans wrote about a sermon he preached following the death of his three-year-old daughter to cancer. His heart broke as he watched her slowly die, so he asked his congregation to share things they’d hoped God would do but didn’t. People described praying for the life of a newborn child only to see it die, of the hope God would protect his people only to hear of an elderly woman being stabbed on her way to church, praying for rain for famine-stricken Africa only to see starvation continue. To these disappointments Hans now added his own. Sometimes we remember only the miracle stories of the Bible and forget the others which teach us that God’s action in our world is not always to perform the miraculous, but more often than not it’s to walk through our suffering with us.

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