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pop goes the weasel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-05 10:28 AM
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20. the ugly flip side to that
is the belief that people who do not recover or who remain disabled don't have faith or are spiritually weak or in sin some how. I think we all have to admit to knowing people who rationalize the "failure" of prayer that way.

There may be benefits to congregational and private prayer, but I doubt they come through praying for miracles, which is what a prayer for healing is. Better than a prayer for healing is a neighbor with a casserole and a friend keeping watch over one's children. That's prayer in action, and it matters not the religion or any religion of the practioner--the good that is done is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity.

This is why touch and music are found in this study to be helpful. They are prayer in action, a direct transference of the desire for better things through an effort for better things. I had a doctor once who brought a cd-player into the surgery room, with a stack of cds. When he left to run the biopsy, he let me choose a playlist to pass the time until the results came back. I don't know if that doctor was religious at all, but I do know that I was not forgotten and was not alone and that George Thorogood and the Destroyers really take your mind off the pain breaking through as the anesthetic wears off.
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