Friday, April 29, 2011
Religious Prayer and Faith
A poor black handicapped baby was born in 1940. She is Wilma Rudolph. I want to introduce her in order to link relationship between Christian prayer and religious doubt.
Wilma was born prematurely and weighed only 4.5 pounds. Again, because of racial segregation, she and her mother were not permitted to be cared for at the local hospital. It was for whites only. There was only one black doctor in Clarksville, and the Rudolph's budget was tight, so Wilma's mother spent the next several years nursing Wilma through one illness after another: measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia. But, she had to be taken to the doctor when it was discovered that her left leg and foot were becoming weak and deformed. She was told she had polio, a crippling disease that had no cure. The doctor told Mrs. Rudolph that Wilma would never walk.
Even in severe circumstances, she confessed that she could overcome with prayer and encouragement from devoted parents. Even though her parents were poor, they were able to build up religious faith, with faith they could influence her to contain the religious coping mechanism psychologically, spiritually, and religiously. It helped her to enter national athletes team and get three gold medals in 1960, Rome Olympic.
I am thinking that there are many valuable researches to find the academic meaning about prayer and faith. Sometimes we encounter a lot of facts and testimony about unaccountable things. Psychologically, we need to be careful not only to prove their saying, but also have a space of acceptance.