When I was in the middle of trying to have a miscarriage (we didn't know at the time - we knew something was up, but we didn't know what), I was promised that the the baby would be healthy in a priesthood blessing. Come to find out a few days later that technically there wasn't a baby - just the sac and a bunch of cells. Biologically it was if everything was set up for a baby, but the ignition to transition the process from baby environment growing to growing baby didn't start.
That was really hard to make sense of at the time. I think that my grief about the situation swept the grief about the false answer away though. Eventually I was able to shrug and go "maybe it was that we all wanted the baby to be healthy" or "maybe it was applied to when I was actually growing a baby" (hindsight being 20/20 my rainbow baby was healthy - in fact she has a tendency to be a catalyst and go through experiences that leave her unscathed but cause damage around her). I learned that it wasn't so much about the words being said as it was the feeling and hope that the blessing invoked.
We recently had a not small amount financial windfall and a forgiveness of of some debt we owed after 3-4 months of not paying Tithing (Hubby forgot, and it was not a priority for me). Hubby tried to attribute it to diligence in paying tithing while I made no such claim. I appreciate the windfall that was a side benefit of working for my previous company. The forgiveness of debt was from a family member who was an educator who was excited that I was going back to school. He believes in education and also putting his money behind his beliefs. He is also an atheist.
[SOAPBOX] Which is another reason why I think it is dumb not to adapt our church culture to allow/encourage women to bless other women in a ritual procedure. [END OF SOAP BOX]SilentDawning wrote: ↑12 Jan 2018, 07:27I like what Brian Johnson said -- they comfort people, in whatever form -- as a comfort or healing blessing. And this is in ways that simple words, unattended by priesthood ceremony often don't. In that sense they have intrinsic value even though there may be no real divine innerworkings under the hood.