“Accidents inevitably happen ….
For those responsible for such an accident,
life can never be the same
there is guilt, shame, depression, anxiety ….
For the people who hold themselves responsible
for another’s injuries
say a prayer that they find strength, comfort,
and a way to move forward in their lives” – from “Accidents Happen,” p. 97.
The title Special Intentions seems apt. Its play on the phrase “good intentions”—what we have when we promise someone we’ll pray for them, even though we don’t do it—brings home the fact that prayer is intentional, and there are a lot of special people in the world who need prayer.
As I’m working my way through this book, I am noticing it is doing more than only challenging me to pray for the people described. It is also drawing my attention to the people on the periphery and behind the scenes in my world, and I’m praying for them. And so Claire Coleman’s Special Intentions ripple on.
The book has its own website and a blog where Coleman writes about how she is working out the principles in her book in real life.