A Word in Season

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Proverbs 15:20-30

Fascinating books and articles from the medical profession on the subject of healing and prayer are appearing. Norman Cousins was one of the first to point out that, after a heart attack, the human body has its own apothecary which dispenses drugs throughout the system. He says, “Hope, faith, love, laughter, will to live” all have a positive effect on the body’s chemistry and functions. More recently he has been joined by others from medical schools who note that good health is sustained by three factors medical care, drugs, and the spiritual. We are only re- discovering the importance of the spiritual, says Dr. Herbert Benson, Harvard physician.

Years before these “new” discoveries, the Bible declared the identical timeless truths. Our reading today speaks of sources of joy: a wise child, an apt answer, a word in season, confidence the Lord hears our prayers. Indeed, good news refreshes the body. “A cheerful heart is a good medicine” (Prov. 17:22).

My grandfather, in his sixties, suffered a heart attack and was told he would soon die. My father wrote him, saying he would pray for complete recovery and for a long life. The Lord has promised, “With long life I will satisfy you, and show you my salvation.” My grandfather eventually died in his 97th year, encouraged by many prayers and God’s promises.

PRAYER

Lord, help us to share Your hope with those in need. For Christ’s sake. Amen.