I heard of a man praying to God night after night so he would win the lottery, and this went on for many months. God finally answered, and suggested to the man that he should actually buy a lottery ticket. While it was obviously humor, the person who told me illustrated that while God is all-powerful, He doesn't intervene.
During the dinner mentioned in the prior post, I was chatting with two of my favorite chordoma peeps, Heather and Steve: they lost their son Justin to chordoma in 2008. We were idly chatting about how people seemed desperate to 'help' us. Heather, who has a PhD, mentioned her reaction to people who told her that all things happen for a reason. She told them "NO, God does not give nor allow a seven year old child cancer" and basically just ended the conversation then and there. I could see the intensity in her eyes, and to reiterate... we as a society need to stop saying that to the families of cancer patients who've lost a loved one. Imagine saying that to a parent of someone who lost their kid at the recent shooting at Borderline?!
Angela, Madison and I saw someone speak who I'd written about previously, David Kessler. His guidance of what to say, and what not to say are at this link.
God bless the firefighters and all first responders, and to people who lost loved ones or property in the fires, or the senseless shooting... you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers... I'm so sorry for your losses.