Andrea Silenzi, MD, MPH, PhD

About 50 percent of adults in one survey said they’d like doctors to pray with them in near-death situations.

When my daughter was about to be rushed to surgery for an emergency Caesarian-section a few years ago, our pastor was out of town. Thinking we really needed prayers about then, I lamented that Pastor was on vacation and asked my daughter who she wanted me to call.
About then, the pediatrician on call piped up, “Would you like for me to pray with you?” Though his name indicated perhaps he was of a different religious persuasion than we were, we figured we ought not be too picky about then. We’d take prayers any way we could get them, and we hoped our God heard them, no matter who was delivering them.
As we’d hoped, the doctor’s prayers seemed heartfelt and had the calming effect we’d hoped. Someone “up there” must…

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