“When prayers seem to go unanswered, it can be discouraging,” writes Emily Snell in the January-February 2015 issue of The United Methodist Interpreter Magazine. For guidance on how to approach this difficult issue, Snell interviewed four spiritual leaders, including our own Rev. Beth Richardson, editor of Alive Now magazine.
Here is an excerpt from the Interpreter article:
“I believe that the act of prayer is about the relationship, not the outcome. That may not be a comforting thing for someone to hear,” Richardson admitted. “The truth is, bad things happen. What I believe is that no matter what happens, God is there with me, with my loved one.
“In the tragedy, God is weeping when I weep,” she said. “Even if my prayers aren’t answered the way I hoped they would be answered. I am not alone, and God walks though it with me. God never leaves our side.”