13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
~ James 5:13-16
Last night, Terry and I had the opportunity to share in a truly incredible experience.
I don’t think I’ve talked about this here before, but Terry has been suffering through some pretty severe back pain since last fall. He wakes up nearly every single night in excruciating pain, and he has to come to the living room where he spends most of the rest of the night awake. He’s seen two chiropractors, a physical therapist, a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, plus our MD and most recently an orthopedic specialist. He had an MRI about a month ago, which showed nothing. Thankfully, because this means no cancer, no surgery, but on the flip side frustrating, because there is no problem that is evident to pinpoint and relieve.
Terry has been reaching out to any and all of our friends for prayer support, and recently one of those friends that he spoke with was an elder at our church. Andy suggested that Terry come to last night’s elder board meeting, where the elders would lay hands and pray over him.
I was honored that Terry invited me to be a part of this with him, and I was blown away by the incredible experience that we had. Seven of the elders of our church laid hands upon us as our head pastor anointed Terry’s forehead with oil, and then each man took turns praying over us, and specifically Terry.
I can’t describe the feeling that came through me and over me as we were invited into this sacred act, the living out of Biblical instruction. As God would have it in our times of ailment, so was it.
Terry and I are beyond words when we try to think and express how blessed we are to be a part of this church family, to be loved, cared for, shepherded and discipled. Even now as I type, my heart is full.