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dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Andy, S.J.
dc.contributor.authorWaldron, Maureen McCann
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-28T21:04:08Z
dc.date.available2017-03-28T21:04:08Z
dc.date.issued2000-01-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/110355
dc.description.abstractText from the first three paragraphs of "Praying in Times of Crisis".|Times of crisis are, perhaps, the most important times to turn to God. Sometime we cry, "Help me!" or "Please!" or "Save me!" God wants to be there for us. God wants us to turn and ask for intimacy, comfort and help. |For many of us, this is a very difficult time to pray. We don't exactly know what to ask for. We feel like asking for a miracle, but experience might have shown us that asking for miracles in the past has left us disappointed. We may even have become cynical about God - having asked for help, when I really needed it, and not getting what I asked for. Perhaps I prayed that my grandmother would recover from her illness and she didn't. Maybe I prayed that my biopsy would come back negative, but it didn't. I might have asked for a raise I desperately needed and didn't get it. Did I pray to rescue a deteriorating relationship, and my prayer wasn't answered?|At some time in our lives we have to confront an image of God as a magician - an all powerful Superman, who can fix anything, if he only chose to. Part of the reason why this image is so difficult to give up is that we may not know what to replace it with. A path to prayer opens up when we let God be the tender, compassionate God of the scriptures and when we let Jesus reveal God's Good News to us. In this faith, God does not manage the world like a puppeteer, pulling strings to suspend natural laws in capricious response to individuals' prayers. In faith, God is revealed as a God of power, in the midst of those places where God is most power-less. In faith, God grieves with us at the tragedies of life. In faith, we are freed by the Good News that God has overcome the ultimate power of sin and death. God has not prevented sin and death from happening. When we believe in God's mercy and trust that our lives were created for eternal life in God, we are liberated from a fear of sin and death which can paralyze us.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherCreighton University, Online Ministries
dc.rightsFeel Free to "cut and paste" any of these texts for Parish Bulletinss or Worship Aids. Simpy add this reference: "Taken from Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html. Used with Permission."
dc.subjectPrayers
dc.titlePraying in Times of Crisis
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dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United States
dc.description.noteActual date of publication unknown. The date in dc.date.issued is arbitrary and used because a date is required for indexing
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/1-crisis.html


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