"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)
Tonight the pastors and elders of our church came over. Piper was anointed with oil and then the group of men laid hands on her little self and prayed.
Big prayers for miracles.
Big prayers for our marriage and family.
Big prayers for peace and faithfulness.
It was such an immeasurable blessing to us.
Chad and I are still not accustomed to the overflow of love that this church has bestowed upon us. Not in any way to pat them on the back but rather to thank the throes of men and women who see loving as a reality and not just a sermon.
Within this group of eight men standing in my living room, two of them are childhood cancer survivors and one of them is currently walking through his sons lymphoma diagnosis. The men that have been through this, get it. The rest of them are still faithfully bringing our family's name to their mouths each day in hopes that a cure will happen.
I don't know how prayer works. I do know that God is not a genie and that He will not necessarily cure my Piper if I only believe it enough. But He is capable and He will cure my Piper if that is His plan...my only job is to trust that the amount of love that He has for her vastly outweighs my own. Gods goodness is not reliant on how much I like or trust His plan.
And I do trust that because when life becomes so very hard and its uncontrollable and uncomfortable and unexplainable what else do I have? If I loose the trust in God that I have then I am left with no fathomable hope, but still all the uncontrollable,uncomfortable and the unexplainable that so can rattle someone.
No thanks. I cling to hope. And I thank God for good men who step up and put to action what is preached on Sunday morning...it soothed our souls tonight.