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Anointing the Sick
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Our daughter-in-law and son decided it was time to add to their little family. Due to Naomi’s previous pregnancies, she had become a Type II diabetic and to be cautious, she had blood work done.  

Our phone rang, “Mamaw,” her voice trembled. “The test results are back; it’s not good.  There’s a sign of renal (kidney) problems. We scheduled an anointing tomorrow night.  Can you and Papaw come?”

Of course we could. We started praying that the Lord would cleanse us from all sin and make our prayers acceptable in His sight when we approached Him for the blessing of healing. The Bible says, “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" (James 5:14).

It brought to mind the times I had been anointed for health issues.  

I have struggled with a chemical imbalance since childhood and I have pleaded to God for deliverance. My hopes lifted when I learned about anointing and I chose to experience this ceremony.  

Empowered

Although I was not healed, the illness forced me to cling to God who daily empowered me to take care of a home, husband, and two children; enabled me to get my nursing education, work twenty-five years in hospital special care, and enjoy life.

Now we were gathering at the church for our daughter-in-law. There were eight family members, two pastors, and five elders present. The pastor commended Naomi for choosing to be anointed in a time when fewer and fewer people are choosing this blessing.  

The atmosphere was serious, quiet, and holy. The health issue was presented and Scripture shared. Then we knelt around Naomi with our petitions for healing. It felt as if the angels and Holy Spirit were hovering over us.

A few days later, Naomi called, “My tests are back, and my renal function is normal. I’m taking less and less insulin, and it has to be decreased again. And, I am eating healthier food without even thinking about it.”

Along with the apostle Paul, I have learned that our will is not always God’s will, but His will is always in our best interest, and when we accept His decision, He will not let us down.

In 2 Corinthians 12:8 and 9 Paul says, “...I was given a thorn in my flesh. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”

God has ways of answering our prayers that we have never imagined. His power is perfected in our weaknesses. We can trust His choice as best.

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