Seems sometimes like I never have an original thought, LOL!  I went to Google to look up the joke apropos for the below article, and found the link was  a blog saying what I was planning on saying!



I had read the  article below,  and immediately thought of the joke about the man about to die, praying for help.  God sent him three different forms of help,  and he rejected each one.

What was he expecting?  Perhaps he thought an angel would appear and pull him up.  Or perhaps some magical sparkles would fly through the air and he would float away.

I am  amazed at how people think God works in some clownish, magician-like way.

I think about the hilarious Bill Cosby, in his Noah diatribe:

“C’mon fat hippo! ugh ugh”

“DING!”  “NOAH!”


God informs him they are the same sex and to fix it.

Noah, exasperated by earthly strain, grouses, “You CHANGE one of ’em!”

“C’mon…..you KNOW I don’t work that way….”

Yeah.  All things must go through the proper channels.

Friends….God answers your prayers.  They might not come the way you expect.  They might be like the old lady crying for bread.

“Lawd, Lawd, send me some bread!”

She cried and prayed and howled….and presently, along came two boys by her hovel.

They heard her pleas. They stopped, listening, with smirky smiles. Suddenly , a novel idea came upon them!  Up the hovel they climbed, and threw the bread down the chimney.

They listened with glee at her screams of joy!

Presently, they knocked at the door, and upon her opening it, began to snarkily gloat that it was THEY, not the LORD, who had sent the bread.

Calmly, the faith-filled woman smiled at the children.  “Oh, the Lord DID send it, even if the devil DID fetch it.”

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

What are you waiting for?

I am horrified and saddened, as are many, by this story. The headline is misleading.  I don’t know what exactly it was they picked, but it was wrong. And their lesson is heartbreaking.
Parents pick prayer over docs; girl dies

By ROBERT IMRIE, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes ago

WESTON, Wis. – Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl’s death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.

An autopsy showed Madeline Neumann died Sunday of diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that left too little insulin in her body, Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said.

She had probably been ill for about a month, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness, the chief said Wednesday, noting that he expects to complete the investigation by Friday and forward the results to the district attorney.

The girl’s mother, Leilani Neumann, said that she and her family believe in the Bible and that healing comes from God, but that they do not belong to an organized religion or faith, are not fanatics and have nothing against doctors.

She insisted her youngest child, a wiry girl known to wear her straight brown hair in a ponytail, was in good health until recently.

“We just noticed a tiredness within the past two weeks,” she said Wednesday. “And then just the day before and that day (she died), it suddenly just went to a more serious situation. We stayed fast in prayer then. We believed that she would recover. We saw signs that to us, it looked like she was recovering.”

Her daughter — who hadn’t seen a doctor since she got some shots as a 3-year-old, according to Vergin — had no fever and there was warmth in her body, she said.

The girl’s father, Dale Neumann, a former police officer, said he started CPR “as soon as the breath of life left” his daughter’s body.

Family members elsewhere called authorities to seek help for the girl.

“My sister-in-law, she’s very religious, she believes in faith instead of doctors …,” the girl’s aunt told a sheriff’s dispatcher Sunday afternoon in a call from California. “And she called my mother-in-law today … and she explained to us that she believes her daughter’s in a coma now and she’s relying on faith.”

The dispatcher got more information from the caller and asked whether an ambulance should be sent.

“Please,” the woman replied. “I mean, she’s refusing. She’s going to fight it. … We’ve been trying to get her to take her to the hospital for a week, a few days now.”

The aunt called back with more information on the family’s location, emergency logs show. Family friends also made a 911 call from the home. Police and paramedics arrived within minutes and immediately called for an ambulance that took her to a hospital.

But less than an hour after authorities reached the home, Madeline — a bright student who left public school for home schooling this semester — was declared dead.

She is survived by her parents and three older siblings.

“We are remaining strong for our children,” Leilani Neumann said. “Only our faith in God is giving us strength at this time.”

The Neumanns said they moved from California to a modern, middle-class home in woodsy Weston, just outside Wassau in central Wisconsin, about two years ago to open a coffee shop and be closer to other relatives. A basketball hoop is set up in the driveway.

Leilani Neumann said she and her husband are not worried about the investigation because “our lives are in God’s hands. We know we did not do anything criminal. We know we did the best for our daughter we knew how to do.”



  1. I read this too. I am not religious, but if there is a God I firmly believe that when the day of judgment comes God will say, “Why did you let your daughter die? I gave you doctors…”

    What appalling behavior.

  2. People tend to forget that God helps those who help themselves! We have educated doctors…you think that just “happens”??? No, we were given the thirst for knowledge in order to help ourselves….we need to take advantage of those blessings and recognize them for what they are….leave God to take care of the “bigger picture”.

  3. Amen, COL!! That is heartbreaking and I pray for those parents. I raised a daughter who also had childhood diabetes, and I thank God every day that she had good doctors and care and is now a mother of two beautiful children. I never felt that God would displeased with me for seeking medical help when she was ill, rather that I was being a good steward and showing love for my child. It wasn’t easy to run her to the hospital when she had blood sugar issues we couldn’t seem to resolve at home, and we came close to loosing her a time or two. But God was there and answered our prayers for her recovery. Then when her first child was only a toddler of 2, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She was cared for by wonderful physicians and is now cancer free and a healthy, intellegent, and beautiful 11 year old. God used those caring people to heal our girls. I’m so sad for this family…. it breaks my heart.

    Bless you all!!

    You are tough and much stronger than I…what amazing strength your faith has. How inspiring. Love, Kathleen

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