I'm not a religious person. I suppose you could say I'm agnostic, or spiritual. I believe there's a seed of truth in everyone, and that positive thinking can do a world of good. It was only when my step-mother was stripped of her hope by a jaded doctor that her life slipped away, afterall. Hope is such a powerful force... having someone believe in you, belief in yourself, belief that you're going to make it out okay. And having something to live for is so important.
But I ramble. I came here because I do believe in the power of prayer, albeit in a very different fashion. I'm a believer non-the-less.
So my request is for my father, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and gout, who has had heart attacks, an anurism, five stints, open heart surgery to replace the aortic valve with a mechanical valve, and has given up on doing anything about his weight, which the doctors have said will kill him long before anything else. He's done so much in his life. He fought in the Vietnam war, he served in the Navy for over 20 years, he's traveled the world, experienced things so few ever will, seen things so few will ever see, raised three healthy children into adulthood with so much love and respect and strength. He's my Superman, just as much now as he had been twenty years ago. And yet... yet he feels like it's all accumulated to so little.
In the twilight years of his life, he's single, living off of social security and half of his retirement (the other half goes to my mom), jobless, and with a mountain of regrets despite doing his best in his life. I just want him to find peace. To be proud of the things he's accomplished, to come to terms with his regrets, and to be able to someday leave this world knowing what I already know, that his life mattered in so many more ways than he'll ever know.
I'm sorry this is such a long post. It's just... I would give just about anything for him to find peace.