Good morning Jesus, my desire today is more of you, less of me.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelations 21:1-4)
Yesterday I went to the hospital to visit a house church member’s sister and pray over her 6 week old baby girl. The baby girl has been in the hospital for 4 days and is in the Pediatric Intensive Care U nit (PICU). She has RSV and other infections and the doctors had to put her in a semi-coma state so she would stop fighting tubes in her and wires and such. Two Nurses were there giving Laura a treatment while I was with her. The nurses said she probably will be in there at least another 7-10 days. She is a sick little girl. And because they have put the baby girl to sleep, her mother is not aloud to hold her or speak to her, as this stimulates the child and she fights against the anesthesia. So all the mother can do is stare quietly at her baby.
As I was leaving her room in PICU I almost walked into an elderly man. I said excuse me and I ask him how he was doing. He said not well and I asked if I could pray for him. He took me to another bed two down in PICU where lay in the crib a 10 day old baby boy. It his great grandson. The baby’s heart had stopped. The doctors had him on a machine keeping him alive and the parents and family were gathering as they are going to have to pull the plug on the child. I entered humbly into the middle of this family and I anointed the baby with oil and prayed over him and his family. There was sobbing and not a dry eye in the room including the nurse there and mine.
I drove home still emotional from the hospital and walked up to my daughter and I hugged her for no reason. Ministering to people, loving your neighbors, has a way of making you see no matter how bad you think your problems are, you are blessed. As we prepare to go into another year, reflect on your blessings from the past year. If there is a family member or friend you need to reconcile with, get in the car, pick up the phone and do it today. Maybe it is God who you feel you need to reconcile with, then get on your knees now and do it. “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
My family, I pray today as you end this year you will spend time looking back at how truly blessed you are. I also pray you will spend time today preparing for the coming year by reconciling relationships and making things right before the new year comes. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends in 2018!
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