Singing Loudly: Pray for Rain

Singing Loudly

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Pray for Rain

This recent study on the power of prayer (or lack thereof) to reduce serious medical complications misses the mark.

Patients being prayed for were as likely as others to develop complications such as heart attacks, be readmitted to hospital or die, the study said. Bedside therapy involving music, imagery and touch didn't have a significant effect either, researchers found.

I know that for a lot of people it is just about the affect on the recipient of the prayers/thoughts/meditation but there is also the secondary impact on the actor. The one, or in many situations, the congregation, are able to receive some sort of benefit for the act of prayer. Whether or not that benefit comes from a higher being seems to be immaterial in my eyes. What is important is that it relieves some of the anxiety, some of the fears, and some of the trepidation you have about your friend who is in the hands of a third party surgeon.
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2 Comments:

Great points. I think whatever helps the patient and those who care for the patient in those circumstances is well worth it. If that's prayer, even if it doesn't have a quantifiable effect, it's still important, IMO.

By Blogger TP, at 11:28 AM, July 18, 2005  

On a completely unrelated note...

Did you know Derek Love? Cause if so, you really have to check this out: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/fashion/12156871.htm

By Blogger Jessica, at 6:35 PM, July 18, 2005  

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