“Did you see her essay?” my wife asked. It was first thing in the morning.
“Essay? What essay?”
“You’re in it.”
“Really? Can’t wait to see it then.”
I found a draft on the computer. I was mentioned along with my pal, cystic fibrosis. Great. Let’s tell the world.
It’s my secret and one I’ve done my best to keep on the down-low throughout my life. And my wife has done a good job supporting that, though it’s hard to hide it from your friends when you’re in the hospital three times a year.
And then there is my daughter.
I’ve been able to control my story over the years, but I can’t control hers. My story of CF becomes her unique story of CF. I can’t censor that.
So, here’s the essay. As a writer, I have to qualify it a bit: it’s a 5th grader’s draft on a tough subject, and I’m going to be in big trouble one day for posting it here, if she finds out before I’m dust in the wind.
“Prayer is Powerful”
I believe prayer is powerful. God does listen to us when we have a problem and comforts us. I think that because I had an experience with prayer where I was very worried.
My dad has Cystic Fibrosis and sometimes he has to go to the hospital. I always feel sad and worried when he is there because my mom and I don’t know when he will come back. Often I pray for a cure for his sickness. God doesn’t always do things the way you think He will though.
Once when he was in the hospital, they said he had to have a sinus surgery. I was a little scared for him because I didn’t know what would happen. My mom and I went to the hospital so we could be there when they finished the surgery. I prayed for my dad that the surgery would help him. When they finished, they let us see him, and he was fine! I was so happy that he was ok. About a few days later, they let him come home. He still has to go to the hospital sometimes, but he always comes back healthy.
I think that prayer does help. God might not do what you prayed for, but He always helps in some way. Prayer also comforts me because I feel like someone does care up there. If you trust in God and pray, good things will happen.
Prayer really helps me when my dad is away. I think prayer is spiritually and physically refreshing. It’s good to know there is always someone watching over you and listening. Even if you aren’t religious, it never hurts to pray.