Thank you for this beautiful article. It really touched and moved me.
I don't think that this prompting "went awry". The effort was to bless her daughter, and it did. I think that we need to be careful about equating "answered prayers" with "wishes granted". I believe that all of our prayers are answered, even when our wishes don't come true. One person fasts and prays for a miracle and gets it, and another person, just as faithful, fasts and prays for a miracle and doesn't. The Lord is in the character-building business, and characters aren't built by having easy lives. What's nice about this story is that Mom followed the prompting, and Daughter felt supported and loved. Clearly, the message inside the package was inspired! It would not have gone over well if she'd written something like, "I'm so sorry. It will work out next time." No, she must have written something like, "I believe in you. I love you." You can never go awry with a message like that.
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