by Erin Napier
Tonight we watched a Nooma at church called Open. It was about how people pray. Like when someone they love is sick, they pray for healing and if that person isn’t healed, if they die, they think “where was God?” while some people are so happy because someone they love and prayed for was cured or “miraculously” healed. This is something I’ve always struggled to understand — how does prayer work if God’s going to do what God’s going to do? How can we wrap our minds around a God who loves us so unconditionally but would let a helpless baby die at birth, or let us, his children, die from disease and illness? It’s hard to understand. It’s so hard for us to understand, that I think we were never meant to.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!