I just got a note from a friend who recently had surgery. Here's the last paragraph of the note:
"Anyway, when and if it is determined that the procedure was successful, I will give thanks so loudly that you will hear it no matter where you live. There are so many things that happen to us and so many prayer requests that are answered that we forget to give thanks for, that I want to offer up a most special prayer of Thanksgiving at this time for God bringing me through the operation, for all the prayers that went up for me, for all the friends and loved ones that came to visit me, and for my Love that never left my side the whole time that I was there. Thanks and Praise to our Dear Lord Jesus for all His mercy."
OK, so here's a big area I don't understand/dislike: prayer. (see the last paragraph)
so if surgery is a success, then thank God?
and if not, then he didn't pray hard enough?
what about the people who prayed really, really hard (or are really, really "worthy"), but still get don't get healed?
it seems that we (as humans) have the tendency to remember the hits and forget the misses. (i.e. remember that time when you had a feeling to turn left instead of right and narrowly missed and accident, but forget all the times you've had an accident and God didn't give you a special little feeling.
anyways...thanks for reading my rambles.