Two weeks ago, I wasn’t so certain that my Christmas would be “merry” at all. I encountered a health issue that most males experience as they age.
Oh, how times have changed. When I was growing up if you asked your Mom, “Why is grandma in the hospital?” the answer was something like this, “Shhh….female problems.” So, I guess I have a “male problem.” 😊
So, you might be wondering why I’m so open with this private issue. In short, It’s a teaching moment for the people of God. In James 5:14-15, we are taught to pray for the sick. “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of he Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well…” Verse sixteen goes on to say, “The prayers of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
Believing in those verses, I called upon all my God-fearing friends to pray for my healing. As a result, today is a much better day and I give God the glory for healing, even if He uses the doctor’s skills to accomplish His purpose.
If I could give you any wisdom with this reflection it would be this. Hear the lyrics of that old, old hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus—from verse two:
“Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer.”
You know, life is full of trials and temptations. From sickness to loneliness, anxiety to depression—life may not always be easy. Never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer!
Blessings to each of you and thank you so much for praying for me.
Happy New Year,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.