I notice postings on Facebook from family and friends is slow recently. Is it because the good weather back home in Northern Ireland has enticed folk to enjoy activities outdoors?
The warmth of the sun is comforting all of creation. It brings life after the cold and darkness of the winter season. It is freely given.
The Lord’s face is likened to the sun. In Numbers Aaron and his sons were to command a blessing on the people of Israel.
““ ‘ “The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’”
Numbers 6:24-26 NIV
“Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, LORD God Almighty;
make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.”
Psalm 80:17-19 NIV
God knows our frame. He knows we are but dust. If he takes our breathe away we would die. We need to see his goodness in the land of the living. God will not fail those who look to him for bread. This scripture has been a great comfort and brought me hope in the past when I was busy or feeling discouraged.
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
Psalms 27:13-14 KJV
God is good. He is faithful. He has compassion on all he has made.
A friend of my husband called him when he heard I had cancer. He told him “Do all you can to get your wife healed.”
I was doing what the doctor’s were telling me. People were praying for me. I was confessing my sins as God showed me my heart condition of bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, independence, selfish ambition and rebellion. My husband layed his hands on me as the scriptures and they will get well. Was there anything else I could do?
In James In the bible there is a verse which says.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:14-16 NIV)
My neighbour came to visit me one day many years before I was sick. She told me a bit of her life story. Her mother died when she was fifteen leaving her the eldest child, to help her father with the rest of her family. When she was eighteen she contracted TB. She had to lie in hospital for months. A minister came to her bedside one day. He said,”I am going to anoint you with Oil. In the Church there is a prayer said for the dying called the Anointing with Chrism.”
The minister continued “This prayer is said for the dying but I am going to pray for you to live.” He prayed for her according to James. She recovered from TB and was restored to her father and family. She continued dutifully to help at home. Some years later she fell ill again with TB and was confined to hospital.
One night an angel appeared to her and reminded her of her previous healing. He told her to believe God can heal her again. God had compassion on this girl who looked after her motherless siblings. She was healed a second time. She later got married and had children of her own.
My sister came to see me and offered to take me to a healing service being held in Clonard Monastery during a retreat. I went along with her. Ministers moved among the crowd and anointed each one with oil, according to the passage in James 5. I received all the help I could get to be healed. I believe the word of God and choose to obey it. I received the blessing from this minister.
After I was healed of cancer others in my local town heard about it. One lady in her seventies came up to me after church on Sunday and told me her story. When she was thirty six she had cancer. The doctors could do nothing for her. She was sent home from hospital. She prayed to God and asked him to let her live to rear her children. God answered her prayer. She has lived to see her children’s children.
As I tell my story of God’s healing, it gives others courage to speak up and tell what God has done for them. Tell others what The Lord has done for you.