Pastor Dave’s eNote – Do You Want to Get Well?
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“One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:5-6
I have never been hypnotized, at least not professionally! Most of us haven’t, although we have heard of it being used for psychotherapy. I witnessed it once in action. We had a hypnotist come to our school. Our principal was hypnotized and began revealing all sorts of things about himself before the student assembly. To this day I think it was a ruse.
Hypnosis is defined as a psychological state, superficially resembling sleep and marked by a level of awareness different to the ordinary conscious state. Some people liken it to being under a spell. Hypnosis comes from the Greek word hypnos, which means to sleep.
Sometimes, I wonder if we’re all not a little hypnotized these days. It is easy to fall under the spell of materialism, cynicism, despair, addiction, busyness, or even doubt. We often forget we have a God who asks us, “Do you want to be made well?”
Also, I think we get lulled to sleep by the culture. Paul wrote to the Ephesians and commanded them to wake up and let Christ shine on them in Ephesians 5:14. We often don’t seek God’s healing hand, God’s provision or God’s powerful intervention in our lives.
I am so grateful for our prayer quilt ministry. It reminds me that people still seek God’s touch in their lives. It also reminds me there are still people willing to gather, pray and fast so the power of God can be unleashed.
The picture to the left, is a picture of a young mom in the larger community that received one of HMUMC’s prayer quilts. Her name is Ashlee Keys. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. In the picture below, she is undergoing her second scan covered by her HMUMC prayer quilt.
God is good. Ashlee has prayed. The community has prayed and the scan reveals a miraculous shrinking of the tumor. Take a look at the picture on the left, and notice just how small it has gotten. The Bible teaches us that we should pray persistently, we should pray fervently with faith and we should gather the community to pray on our behalf. Of course, God will be God and we must then release the results to Him. Yet, we are to seek and ask for God’s gracious hand.
Do you want to be made well? Is there something you want God to do in you? If so, you’ll be glad to know we serve a God that is just waiting to be asked! Thank you, to all the prayer warriors and quilt makers for the difference God is making through you!
This week in worship we will be recognizing those people whose lives are committed to the education and growth of our children. Dale Robbins will be our guest preacher. Dale is your Lay Leader and past chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. He is a retired Associate Superintendent for Gwinnett County Schools and has over three decades of experience in raising leaders. In retirement, Dale serves as a Lead Consultant for PROACT, a professional firm that assists School Districts with their search for Superintendents and Leadership. His latest assignment is to help the school system in Ferguson, Missouri secure the leadership they need. Dale’s sermon is titled “The Power of Faith in the Purpose for Education.” I hope I will see you this Sunday.
Last, don’t forget about our Annual Charge Conference, Tuesday, September 30 at Hamilton Mill UMC. We will be approving the financing and final design of the expansion. We will also set staff salaries and elect officers to the administrative committees of the church. All are invited! Hamilton Mill UMC is a church of integrity and transparency.
It is always a joy to serve as your Pastor!
David L. Davis