On Prayer (and It’s a Wonderful Life)

There’s this great scene in the beginning of the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  It’s a heartbreaking scene, where George Bailey is standing on a bridge contemplating suicide because of his indirect responsibilities for problems at the bank.  In this scene, we hear the unseen townspeople praying for George Bailey.  We hear voices, young and old, of people praying for George.

When Ben was in the hospital, one of our friends Su Shannon said that she felt like Ben’s situation was similar to George Bailey’s.  She said that she could just imagine a scene in our life where the tangible world just falls away, and all that is left are the voices of so many people lifting up Ben in prayer.

That is why I keep this blog, and that is why I share some of our difficulties on here.  Ben and I believe that it is the unseen things in life that are more important that those things that are seen.  And we know that the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16).  We walk by faith, not by sight.  God’s timing is so very different from our timing.  But we trust Him.  Our prayer is that our circumstances would change.  But in the meantime, we desire to live within our circumstances in a way that brings glory to God.

Again, I’ll close with 2Corinthians 4:18:  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.


One comment on “On Prayer (and It’s a Wonderful Life)

  1. Carol Riffle says:

    I’m one of those voices that has been praying for Ben! We are friends of Beth Mitchell from church. I am also a teacher and will focus on praying for your work because I know the challenges of teaching a new course. Also praying for a new medication for Ben.

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