Not so long ago, I discovered a verse in the bible that is now special to me. It is in Mark’s gospel that tells of Jesus’ intervention with a man’s son who was possessed. Actually, in the verse just ahead of it, Jesus says “All things are possible to him who believes.” Then, in verse 24 of Chapter 9, the father cries out saying “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

Since finding this verse, I have thought many times that it most surely applies to me! While I wish to believe as I was taught, too many times I recognize a fleeting shadow of doubt hovering overhead. Lord, how much I want to have the faith of our fathers, and yet…I hesitate at what I sometimes see inside of me!  It is then I hear something awesome, like what took place yesterday.

The wife of my elderly cousin died a few months ago. She made a valiant effort to stay in touch with me, and to try pulling the family (with all its dysfunction) together. When I last spoke with her, she sounded very tired. Unfortunately, since I live at quite a distance, and because the family is quite fragmented, no one notified me of her death. When I finally made no connection online or by phone, I contacted one of her daughters, and learned what had happened.

Hearing the daughter’s account, she told me how everything seemed to fall into place. When the daughters arrived, my cousin’s wife was already in the hospital, but alert. The girls were blessed to be with her fully in her final days. There were two residences, one that was overseen by an association. When they notified the association of their intent to sell, a buyer appeared within days! My cousin still needed assistance, so as they began to seek an assisted living placement, they found that their mother had already provided all of the couples’ information to the first place they looked! The daughters took that as a sign, and were able to move my cousin in, even bypassing the preliminary qualifying interview, as they would be bringing him a great distance!

I attend a bible study group within a prison. There, prayer requests are made weekly, and joys and answers to prayers are shared. It seems that, whenever I need strengthening, I am blessed to hear an awesome testimony. Truly, when I look around me, I often wonder how any one of us can ever question God’s existence? Nature in all its perfection reflects His intricate timing and glorious beauty at every leaf and bud! We are all so unique. Not a single person ever has the same thoughts, experiences, or emotions. Sadly, it is often only upon reflection when a life is over, that we are awed, realizing that, yes, God indeed did have a plan! 

I urge you to look around you. Recognize the small and great miracles in YOUR life that happen daily, and strengthen the unbelief in your life today. 

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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