Sunday, July 3, 2022

I Don't Believe In Coincidence

If you have watched the director's cut of the 2004 movie Troy (which I would highly recommend because it's ten times better than the finished product), you know there is a scene near the beginning, shortly after Helen enters the City, in which Hektor and Priam are in the grand room of the palace among statues of the Gods and seats of the Council, discussing whether to send her back to Sparta. Priam eventually begins telling Hektor (his son) about his faith and dedication to the Gods, describing a time when Hektor was a child stricken with Scarlet Fever. The doctor expected Hektor to die before sunrise. But Priam said he went down to Apollo's temple and "prayed until the sun came up." Priam returned that morning to find Hektor fully recovered. 

This scene has always stuck with me because I too know what it's like to be a father praying to Apollon for a sick son. My child was born severely premature, and I don't think there was a day that went by that I didn't pray or think about the Gods when I visited the NICU. Of course, Gryphon's story didn't end when he came home. He's made a tremendous impact on everyone who has known him, and I haven't stopped praying for him. In fact, it happened again just recently on the night of July 1st - 2nd, 2022. On this day, he was not feeling well. He slept most of the entire time, wouldn't eat, and vomited once in the evening. I'm always worried about my son because he's my little buddy, who I love more than the world. We were planning on taking him to get medical care if he didn't show signs of improvement by morning. 

Around 1 or 2am on the 2nd, I was sitting in the living room playing one of my favorite video games, just trying to relax. But I couldn't get my son off my mind, so I simply prayed, "Apollon, God of healing, remember my past sacrifices and please hear my prayer, heal my son of his illnesses." Literally, the very second after I finished that prayer, I heard my son exclaim happily all the way down the hall in the bedroom. Then he opened the door, went into the kitchen, and started eating and drinking again. He was fully recovered by morning.

I mostly don't believe in coincidences, especially if they happen at the exact moment you'd expect, or perfectly in sync. Apollon has always been a God very close to me and my family. But I also find that there is never a time in my life when I don't feel close to all of the Gods. No matter what's happening, I know they're always good to their people.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.

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