Date: Thursday, March 27
Scripture: James 5:13-18
Verse: Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14)
You have probably heard stories about those who have been blessed to have the support of a large team of friends and family, while battling a disease. I once heard about a grade school student who after their first round of chemotherapy returned to school to find everyone in their class had shaved their heads. I have also had the privilege of being in hospital rooms where family and friends have gathered to offer their support. While, in some ways, there is nothing others can do, I have noticed how being surrounded with love brings strength and peace during very uncertain times of life.
On the other hand, many of us also know those who choose instead to suffer in silence. They don’t share their diagnosis or other struggles, for a variety of reasons – embarrassments, fear of questions, not wanting to burden others, etc. While the motives may be noble, this approach causes one to miss out on the strength we receive from others.
Today’s passage from James calls those who are sick not to suffer in silence, but instead to ask the church to surround them with love, prayer, and an anointing. While it may go against much of our conventional wisdom, allowing others to enter into our struggles brings us great benefit. God’s healing is often manifested through the power of the community of faith.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for those who surround me when I struggle. Amen.
Action: Pray for someone throughout the day ahead.
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