July 1 and July 3, 2014, I spent significant amount of time with at least two patients who recently acquired an illness formulating a short prayer. Depression was their first reaction. I tried to comfort them with a prayer that was collaboratively developed by us (the patient and me). This was a prayer that tried to answer the question they kept on asking me why they got the illness (answer in the prayer: trial from the Heavenly Father as no physician can give absolute and exact causes). The prayer also tried to promote acceptance of the illness and outcomes of whatever treatment (as no physician like me can guarantee cure – there is a saying, “cure sometimes, relief often, and comfort always”). Most important of all, the prayer provides COMFORT through trust and faith in the Heavenly Father and full acceptance of His plan.
I consider the illness…
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