Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Read James 5:13-16
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I am so blessed to have my church family at Oakland. We go through many trials in life but also possess the extra blessings of having each other, and a Savior, to lean on at any time. I felt even more blessed than usual as Pastor Kent, Cathy and Pat took time out to pray for me after a Sunday worship service. Even though I routinely pray for, and with, others I’m a little shy about requesting prayers for myself. (But I am working on being bolder about asking for help!)
With gratitude for their compassion and confidence the prayers of these wonderful family members were heard, I began my drive home. While listening to music and sitting at a red light, I simultaneously heard a loud noise and was jolted in my seat. It took a minute, but the sudden pain I felt confirmed my initial thought, I had been hit by another vehicle.
As a result of the accident, the afternoon took an unexpected turn and instead of picking up my daughter and going to a craft show, I ended up at the hospital. One would think nothing good could happen from such a trying time but, God’s grace was with me throughout the un-welcomed adventure.
The ambulance crew members were attentive and friendly during the ride to the hospital. The nurses and physician who took care of me explained what would be happening and results of tests were relayed in a timely manner. Even the CT scan and x-ray technicians were asking questions about what happened and offered well wishes for a quick recovery. I was surrounded by such compassion, it really helped calm my frayed nerves.
Once I was able to be discharged home, I began replaying the events in my mind. Gratitude filled my heart as even though I was hurt, the accident could have been much worse. I am grateful for all those involved in the day’s unfolding events, especially my church family members who had prayed for me earlier in the day. While we had no idea to pray exactly for such an unexpected experience, I have no doubt their intercession helped shower me with grace and mercy, for which I am so thankful.
PRAYER: Father God, thank you for hearing us as we lift concerns, needs and words of praise to you. Thank you for those who intercede on our behalf and may we be as obedient to pray for others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: medical professionals to see their work as ministry, not just a job!