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us whilst  Sam  held  Amy’s  hand  for  the  10  minutes.  Knowing  that  at  that  time  we  were   all  connected  was  very  emotional.     ‘Sadly,  I  know  of  members  who  cannot  understand  why  God  didn’t  use  this  group  to   prove  himself  as  a  miracle  worker.  We  spent  nearly  two  months  praying  for  Amy  to  be   fully  healed  and  God  did  not  do  it.  It’s  too  early  to  say  what  impact  this  group  has  had   on  the  members,  as  those  who  are  angry  and  confused  may  still  come  back  and  read   the  posts  and  find  peace  at  a  later  date.  I  do  fear  that  some  will  have  lost  their  faith   because  it  was  so  intense  and  we  were  all  desperately  praying  the  same  prayer.     ‘I  can  say  for  myself  that  being  a  part  of  the  group  whilst  we  prayed  for  a  miracle  is   what  has  kept  me  going  since  Amy’s  death.  Knowing  I’m  not  alone  in  my  grieving,   confusion,  anger  and  sadness  is  what  makes  it  bearable.  Behind  the  safety  of  a  screen  I   can  be  honest  with  how  I  am  feeling.  I  can  simple  post  a  song  or  prayer  and  when  I   don’t  have  the  words  to  say  what  I  need  to  be  saying  I  know  that  someone  else  is   behind  their  own  screen  and  praying  alongside  me.     ‘Who  knows  how  many  people  will  think  back  to  these  intense  two  months  when  they   are  going  through  their  own  trials  and  be  strengthened  once  more  from  the  posts   shared?’     Echoing  that  sentiment,  another  contributor  to  the  Facebook  group  commented:     ‘[We] prayed for a miracle, it’s happening now, people around the world prayed and are still praying, people have returned to faith because of Amy, somebody I never met will never be forgotten xx’

This  cements  the  possibility  of  social  media  being  instrumental  in  reinforcing  an   individual’s  personal  faith,  even  in  extremis.        

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Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...

Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...