MUSING – May 10 2018


James 5:13-16
         “If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms.  If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord.  (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven.  So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective.”


         My first heading for this scripture reading was PRAY PRAY PRAY. Because the word ‘pray’ was used three times and ‘prayer’ twice. Clearly the writer of this letter was including the readers to pray.

         However, as I re-read an meditated on it I realized that a more proper heading would be DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Because these calls to pray were in response to a need.

  • If you are sick
  • If you’ve sinned
  • If you’re happy

I know that if we were happy we were to sing a Psalm. So technically it doesn’t say to pray if you’re happy. But the Psalms are prayers. They are songs of gladness, worry, fear, exaltation, and the whole range of human emotions.

         So whatever situation you are in, don’t get stuck there. Prayerfully do something to move you forward.


All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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