His Name Is Albert

His name is Albert.  Albert is a nurse (one of several) who was in the procedure room with me last week when I had my EGD.  He was standing at my left shoulder.

“Albert or Al?”  I asked.

He said “Either one.”

As thing progressed and the prepped me for the beginning anesthesia to put me to sleep, someone said “We need some music.”

Albert said “I can sing” after which immediately the anesthesiologist said “Just a minute, let me turn this gas up” and even I chuckled.  Someone else said “Yeah, we will all need some.”

But before I fell asleep, I sensed two things.  They liked Albert.  They weren’t being mean or rude or anything like that.  It was good-natured ribbing, which Albert didn’t seem to mind at all.

The other thing I sensed was the calm and peace that came from Albert.  At one point as they helped me get into a setting position, Albert patted my shoulder, and I knew that this was going to be alright, I would get through this procedure.

And I did.

Sometimes It’s such a small thing that encourages others.

God still works miracles.  I believe that.   But He works most often through people, like you and I.  We have the opportunity every day to share the love and mercy of God to others.

James wrote to the Jewish Christians, “…pray one for each other, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  (chapter 5)

Sins can be forgiven, sickness abated, faith restored through prayer.  There is nothing God cannot do, nothing He cannot forgive.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  –Philippians 4

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray, indeed, it’s just hard to pray.  But Paul said this:

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. –Romans 8

Rejoice always; pray continually, keep the faith, stand strong in the Power of God.