The Saddest Funny Story

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We recently had to attend a funeral service for one of the wife’s sisters. That was only the beginning of the sadness. A nephew of the wife’s sat down opposite us, and related his sad tale.

For about five years, he’s been fighting a neuropathy, a neurological syndrome which has been causing increasing pain in his extremities. First his hands, then his feet, became agonizingly sore. He was up to gobbling eight Oxycodone tablets a day, just to keep the pain level down to a 2.

He married a New Order Mennonite girl who increasingly involved him and the kids in their church. There had been a two-day weekend Salvation Convention. The church brought in speakers to lecture on different sins, and what to do to get rid of them.

After one seminar session, the moderator paired each attendee off with another church member who they were not particularly close to. They were to go to small tables, where each one would confess his/her sins to the other, who would then pray for them and forgive them. Then the process would reverse.

He said that he hunched over the table and told the other man about all his sins. The farmer devoutly prayed for him, and told him that he was forgiven. He said that he suddenly realized that he could no longer feel the continuous pain in his hands and feet. He called the pastor over and told him this, and the whole room had a Glory, Halleluiah, Praise-The-Lord, prayer session of thanks. God had cured him.

I manfully tried not to smirk, and wondered if his posture had kinked, or un-kinked, a spot on his spine, or if the power of suggestion had caused a psychosomatic (perhaps temporary) cure. He might even provide the possibility of a God-answered-prayer miracle. I was all ears!

He continued his tale. He can now not feel anything with his hands. His legs are numb from the knees down. When he had to call an ambulance for his wife’s apparent heart attack, he stood outside for ten minutes, in a foot of February snow in his bare feet. This condition is dangerous, especially for him, because he works in HVAC. This is like leprosy, or diabetes. If he cuts or burns himself and doesn’t notice it, he may have to have an amputation, if infection sets in.

This is the normal, worsening progression of the disease. GOD didn’t cure him, but he believes that happened. I just sat there in stunned disbelief, thinking that it was his belief that was stunned.
What’s the problem with a comfortable delusion?
There are none so blind as those who will not see.

13 thoughts on “The Saddest Funny Story

  1. Alien Resort says:

    I can’t imagine a religious practice where you confess your sins to each other.


  2. Rivergirl says:

    That’s sad… in so many ways.


  3. William says:

    I’m sorry to hear about that.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I was sorry to have to listen to it. If prayer worked, ambulances would take patients to churches, not hospitals. I had to struggle to keep a straight face when he told of his wife’s stress attack. Even one of the best-known Christian Apologetics had a heart attack, and went directly to the coronary ward. 🙄
      If I’d even suggested that he mention this to a doctor, he’d have screamed that I was attacking his religion/beliefs. 😯


  4. Ryan says:

    Placebo effect…a hell of a drug!


  5. Interesting story. Blindness perhaps is a blessing. Or you can use the old adage, Ignorance is bliss. I like the term you used, “comfortable delusion.”


  6. Jim Wheeler says:

    Yet more evidence that people can choose what to believe and what not to believe. All my “free will” discussions have ended up as circular logic. Examples like this one really don’t help, it can be taken either way, no?


    • Archon's Den says:

      I don’t know for sure. It seems to be more searching for/manufacturing corroborating evidence for a viewpoint which has already been established through previous indoctrination. 😕


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