S (Scripture): James 5: 13 If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. 14 If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve.
O (Observation): James reminds the community that they are called to lean on one another, pray for one another, sing with one another, forgive one another.
A (Application): How can we pray for one another, if we don’t tell each other what ails us (physically, spiritually, economically, socially, mentally)? We are in a society that views dependence as a weakness.
Can’t dependence remind us that we have a God who heals us through many ways, including praying for one another? When the community gathers around someone in need, the results are incredible!!! Something happens in community that cannot be replicated or explained sufficiently. For extroverts and introverts… community can be healing. You don’t have to speak, you can just be present. If you wish to speak, do so, respecting other’s level of engagement.
Do all of this with great love for one another.
Next Saturday, our community gathers under the umbrella of #MurfreesboroLoves to demonstrate to the white supremacists that our message of love for neighbor will be louder and shine brighter than their messgae of bigotry.
Please pray for Murfreesboro on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
As a pastor in Murfreesboro, TN, I repudiate the words and actions of hatred and bigotry, which will likely be spoken and acted out by the White Lives Matter group coming to our town.
P (Prayer): Lord you watc over all of us. Help us to lean one another. Amen.