It’s Friday. Here you go.  An old professor shares a wonderful story of a young preacher visiting an old woman, about the age of Sarah, in her last days, sick in the hospital.  The young pastor finds her lying with her head upon the pillows, mouth gaping open as she gasps for breath.  She is very sick.  The pastor knows not to stay long.  So, after a few pleasantries, he asks her, “Would you like have prayer?” She barely nods yes. He asks, “What would you like me to pray for then?” She says, “Pray that I will be healed, of course.” The pastor draws a breath and begins to pray, “Lord, if it be thy will, we pray that this sick sister might be restored to health and to your service; but if it be not thy will, she will be able to accept her situation. Amen.” With that, the old lady sit straight up in the bed.  She opens her eyes, throws her feet over the side of the bed, stands up, and moves directly out the door.  He sees her virtually running down the hall towards the nurse’s station, shouting out, “I’m healed! I think I’ve been healed.” The young pastor staggers out the door goes down the steps, out to the parking lot.  Before he opens the door to his car, he looks up in the sky and says, “Don’t you ever do that to me again!”

Scripture Reading: James 5:13
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Reflection Questions:
How is your prayer life?
How does God answer your prayers?
What makes your heart sing?

Prayer: Holy God, remind me that you are present and trustworthy.  Help me to be gentle to myself and to all who are in my life. Guard me with your peace so I can share your joy. Amen.