I always find solace in the conversion of Saul (Chapter 9 of Acts). When I consider Jesus' remarkable words, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?", the Lord might have been thinking of Saul's participation in Stephen's martyrdom. Yet Stephen's pleading bore such beautiful fruit! Acts 7:60 And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Never doubt the efficacy of your prayers for family members. The Lord does not turn a deaf ear! Safe in the Providence of God!