Indeed a dear friend since my schooldays (so for over 50 years) is currently in Addenbrookes in a very serious condition ... a kind and creative man he has made a huge positive contribution to the lives of individuals as well as to the wider community. Yes, ‘cherish anyone who means anything to you’ ... and also be kind to everyone ...even on forums ... you don’t know what strangers may be dealing with.
josusa47 saidI've never heard of anyone being the worse for prayer (which is more than can be said for medicine!)
When my wife had cancer for the first time and really was quite ill, she had many praying for her from many faiths. When at her lowest she said she suddenly felt bestowed by a calming aura which seemed to envelope her in brightness. Maybe it was hallucinatory but praying does no harm. It can comfort the patient and their loved ones. Even if you have no faith, just sending a cheery note or a little bunch of flowers from time to time is a great tonic. What is not helpful is the affirmation “I know you’ll be all right.” No, you don’t know this and saying so will not change things.Marc, I truly hope your friend makes a recovery but, if it is motor neurone disease, it is bad news. I have great faith that the medical staff will do what is right for him. At times like this it makes us take stock and to give thanks for what we have and to those we hold dear. Sincere words are enriching; just avoid the trite superficiality of ‘#prayforXXX’ and the cringeworthy response ‘Amen’.
Valley Gardener said:
Fingers crossed for him Marc.
I certainly agree with the "Cherish anybody who means anything to you" although I can't personally go with the prayer part. If it helps any individual to cope though that's fine by me. My brother went to hospital for what were supposed to be routine blood tests, he collapsed when they were trying to take blood and dies 12 hours later. You never know what's round the corner, and that's probably just as well.