Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

An Answer to Prayer

God hears and answers prayers. He does not always give us what we ask for or answer prayers as we expect him to, but he does answer them. When answering prayer, God most often works through natural means. He works through human beings. He puts people in our lives to be an answer to prayer. If we need help, then he may send us someone to help. If a loved one is sick, then he may connect us with a doctor who can provide the care needed. This is very natural and looks normal, but the hand of God is at work.

Sometimes, God does something that is not natural. We call these acts miraculous because they transcend the laws of nature. We cannot explain them by natural means. It is obvious that God has answered our request in a special way. These instances are rare. They are atypical. This is why we call them miraculous.

When we pray to God for protection, we should expect a natural response. God regularly uses other human beings to carry out his will. Many people have prayed to God for protection from COVID-19, and we now have three vaccines available to us in the United States. God has used the natural abilities of scientists and doctors to save lives. He has answered our prayers. It might not have been what we wanted, but it is an answer. Praise God! Praise God for scientists and doctors. Praise God for the many many lives that have been saved over the years because of vaccines.

We must also acknowledge that over half a million lives have been lost due to COVID-19 in the United States. There are no easy answers to some events in life. We mourn the loss of life. We weep with those who weep. We patiently await the day when our questions will be answered, but even then we may not receive the answers we expect to receive. Our scope is limited. God knows all and sees all. Until then, we honor those who have gone on before us by faithfully living out our days on this earth. We do not take any day for granted. We thank God for the gift of life.

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