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Something to think and pray about this week

A friend of mine is one of those people who is always cheerful and positive even though it seems as though she encounters more than her fair share of rotten luck in her life. As a result of all of her lousy luck, she has some pretty interesting stories to share. My favorite is the story of the night she woke up to two police officers standing at the foot of her bed in her home as she slept. By some odd set of circumstances, the front door of her house had been left wide open late at night. Her neighbor worried about her and her family and called the police, who immediately went to the house and searched every room prior to waking my friend to tell her everything was OK (and to please, lock her door next time). I think I would have had a heart attack to wake up to two police officers standing over my bed in the middle of the night! Indeed, God was watching out for my friend that night and sent help in the form of a concerned neighbour and the policemen.

Sometimes Jesus sends help when we don’t even realize we need it. I’m reminded that sometimes our prayers are answered before we ever pray them. Recently I heard someone speaking of “unanswered prayers,” and it occurred to me that while we seem to notice those a lot (or at least what we may perceive to be unanswered prayers), we sometimes miss the “un-prayed-for answers.”

By Cara Callbeck on dotMagis, the blog of