by Abraham Cremeens
“Dear God, please be with So-and-so during their surgery tomorrow.” Have you ever prayed those words? I have. Plenty of times. We care about someone and the hardship they are walking through. In our heart’s concern we naturally pray. We should. God invites us to do so. We know their greatest need is that God would be right there, present with the person in their difficult moment. So, we ask God to be with the person which naturally includes all else we would want him to do (guide the doctors as they perform the procedure, protect from infection, heal the body, etc.). “God be with…” serves as an overarching umbrella and, in effect, says, “God, do your thing.” However, I would like to suggest that such words fall short of accuracy. There is a better alternative to consider.