Have you ever prayed and prayed and prayed for someone’s affliction to be lifted, yet the person continued to suffer? It’s hard, isn’t it? I wanted so much for the cancer to leave my dear tante’s body. I want the same for friend Diann Hunt. But I’ve noticed something with both of these women… In spite of their suffering–in spite of the seemingly unanswered prayer–they continue to reflect Jesus. The moon has no light of its own; it can only reflect the sun. The darker the night, the brighter the moon looks. And it’s occurred to me…the darker the situation (and cancer is a very dark situation!), the greater the opportunity to shine Jesus to those around us. To beam faith and trust and hope. So maybe…just maybe…when God doesn’t answer our prayers to lift that affliction the way WE want it lifted, He has a greater purpose. And faith is trusting Him to answer in His time in the way that is best for the person we love, for us, and for all who might be watching for a glimpse of the Savior.