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A Prophet in His Own Home

I went to see a prophet last week. He is getting visibly older now, a former pastor suffering from Parkinson’s. His condition has deteriorated somewhat since the last time I saw him. I had to lean in very close to try to understand what he was mumbling.

I told him about some of my own current struggles. He asked me if God was speaking to me in the midst of my troubles. I hesitated. “Sometimes, I think,” I said.

Then I asked whether God was speaking to him. He said, “Oh, yes!” The Bible was open in front of him, but his glasses were off, and he recited from memory: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:2-5)

And then he prayed for me.

I went to see a prophet last week, and he blessed me.


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