Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Power of Prayer

Because I have a disablity, people often make strange comments. A lot of people come and tell me they are praying for me, even though they don't know me. I wish this randomness really meant something--maybe it does for those people. I always think sarcastically, "Yeah, you keep praying...whatever!" So here are 3 examples:

1) Today I went on a handcycle ride. I go seemingly up, up, up, and then I get to ZOOM home at the end. So I was at this level point, almost at the end. This guy came running across the street--he was probably 17 years old or so. And he asked what happened to my legs/why I was using the handcycle. Can't I just ride my bike??? Well, I certainly wasn't going to dive into my whole MS thing, and he didn't want to offer me some kind of alternative medicine cure. Instead, he wanted to pray over my legs. He went on for some time praying and then told me that I must have faith, and try something with my legs that I hadn't tried, later today. OK, I tried something--they still don't work. Thanks for praying though!

2) A nice guy at work told me he gets up really early to pray for everyone with whom he works. Then he added "and I pray for you too, Beth. I'm gonna see what happens with that." OK, yeah, let's see what happens.

3) Going into Starbucks one day there was a group of people and one guy informed me "we're going to be praying for you." OK, you go ahead and do that!

Random prayers, random times, maybe I should start some kind of random thing!

God, please help these random people praying for me to get fulfillment for doing so.


Melinda said...


I just happened across your blog and was amazed at this post, because I was prayed over in Starbucks a few weeks ago. I also have MS (primary progressive) and share your belief in a loving God and Christ. But I do believe that the prayer the sweet young woman at Starbucks offered for me was more about her than it was about me. After all, she didn't even know me!

Nice to see your blog and how you are enjoying your life.


ms'er faith said...

Definitely--it's more about the other person, but if it makes them feel better, than it doesn't bother me so much.

Hope you also are enjoying life!

No matter what "type" of MS you have, I think it's a bad deal.