Today I find myself praying that these women will not be in pain, and that they will feel God’s all-embracing love; I pray for peace for them, their families and friends, and their caregivers. Gingerly I pray for a cure, whatever that might mean. These are the same requests that I prayed last week for the family friend, who at age 48 died of a brain tumor; the same words, I should say. But my intonation, my plea, my agony was different, different for the woman and for her family. My prayer doesn’t feel the same for people in their 90s as for someone who is still in forties, or God forbid, someone younger, like a child with so much of life ahead of her.
“Thy will be done” is the ultimate prayer, but it sure can feel different.