I have such wonderful Christian friends. I walked into my music S.S. class this am and there was Sue C. with a table set up in china and stem ware and a bouquet of flowers --and musical motif in the decorations on the table. A menu of spinach quiche, orange juice, coffee and tea, water, iced rolls, and fruit pieces on skewers with fruit dip. Her daughter and my daughter were among those in attendance. I never have time for Sunday morning breakfast after getting me and my mother ready --I fly out the door to get there for my class.
Then after a beautiful service and sermon on the Gifts of the Spirit --and music centering on the love of God and His care for us, the pastor annointed me with oil and several gathered around me to pray for God's blessing and healing for my upcoming surgery. I felt the presence of God and the love of His people as several offered eloquent, Spirit-filled prayers.
They are going to open me up, take things out and see if there is anything in me that ought not be there --alien babies or whatever! There were some cells in a biopsy that"looked suspicious for endometrial adenocarcinoma." And I'm not looking forward to any part of this very commonplace upcoming trial. But especially the possibility of painful aftermath. I'm told that this procedure is usually all that is needed to take care of the problem--if I haven't procrastinated too long.
But they prayed that no matter what, I'd know the presence of the Christ who died and suffered for our sins, and be confident in His love and mindful of His presence --come what may!
I can't over-recommend to you this position as a child of God.
"To those who believe on His name, He gave the right to be called children of God."
It's just a step of faith to call on The Great Physician, and resign myself to whatever He takes me thru -- and my church surely buoyed up me and my faith today!
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible