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I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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We were just talking about this at small group last night, while discussing Acts 9:32-43 (where Peter first heals a lame man, and then brings Tabitha back to life... or rather *Jesus* does these things, through Peter.) - What we see in both instances is that the healing was only really secondarily for the heal-ees, and more primarily as a way to bring many to faith. Which, I think, just complicates things in my head.
But that's not even why I'm commenting. (sorry. long winded today!) Recently I heard a sermon on healing and the pastor pointed out that in the garden, Jesus asked for the cup to be taken from him - it was totally within God's power to find another way to save humanity, right? But then he says "but if not..." and same thing in the story of the fiery furnace (I want to call them "Rack, Shack, and Benny - thanks Veggie Tales!) - they said "We know God can save us... But if not..." Obviously different outcomes in those situations, but similar prayers. So I've come to the place where I think it's okay to pray "I know you can heal, I am asking you to heal, believing with all my heart you can... but if not..." and not seeing that second part is some kind of unbelief, you know? The truth is we don't see the big picture and God tells us to ask - the trick is to not hinge our faith on getting the answer we want. I think.

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