Words from the Heart for Monday January 25th, 2021
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 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 5:13-14 (NIV)
The Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal is the first hospital established in Canada. The origins of the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal date to the arrival in 1642 of Paul Chomedey and a small party of French settlers on the Island of Montreal to found the French colony of Ville-Marie. Among them was Jeanne Mance, the first nurse in New France. She founded the hospital on October 8, 1645, as confirmed by letters patent of Louis XIV of France in April 1669.
The first three chapters of Genesis paint a picture of paradise. So do the last three chapters of Revelation. In those chapters there is no sin and no sickness. The rest of the Bible is a narrative of the result of sin having entered into the human condition. The entire creation is impacted, including sickness and death. Through Jesus’ death on the Cross, God has redeemed His creation and set in motion His plan to restore Eden. In the meantime, God is saving and healing. We read this in James 5:13-14: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 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.” When life gets difficult, God’s Word gives us clear instructions. If we are in trouble, we should lift our eyes off the problems and onto the Lord. We do so by singing songs of praise. If we are sick, we are to call on the elders to pray over us, anointing us with oil. In all things, we are to trust God, and wait to see Him work.
These have been words from the heart.