In the hospital there were two groups of volunteers, one from a Catholic church and one from a Christian church. All the volunteers are good people no doubt, but they had different approaches to comfort serious ill patients like me …
One of the groups listened carefully and tend to share your concerns & sadness, they would pass some materials to you to read if you are really ready to join them, spiritually. The other group was pretty pushy, they would ask you to join them straight away no matter you’re recovering or dying … because they told me I would need that “ticket” to go to heaven.
Just guess who was who … Anyway, it reminds me a few lines in the movie “Evan Almighty” …
“Let me ask you something.
If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient?
If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous?
If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”