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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Is there a doctor in the house?


It has been a rough couple of months. It seems that there hasn’t been a week that I haven’t felt sick. I have been sick off and on for over two months. My wife was sick for quite awhile too and it has to be something going around. Well, I have probably taken more medication the past couple of months than I have in the past two years combined. I took cold medicine, sinus medication, am on high blood pressure medication now. It seems to never end.

How many times have we suffered through a cold or flu, wondering if it was ever going to go away, popping a decongestant or taking a swig of cough medicine, waiting for the medicine to kick in. It is hard to work when you are sick; you don’t want to do much but sleep.

I was thinking the other day how I wish this thing would just go away, let me get back to feeling good again. I then was writing up the article for the upcoming Easter services and it hit me like a freight train. I have been suffering through this awful time, feeling sluggish and tired, seemingly not being able to take a good breath through my stuffed-up nose in forever without taking the right kind of medication.

I remembered back to last year about this time, and I was going through something. It wasn’t health- related, but it was a challenging time in a different way, really kicking me in the gut. I then went to the Easter Sunrise Service at Mannel Park.

To be honest, I really didn’t feel like going to the service. I had just finished a graveyard shift, just making it back home in time to get a shower and change. I felt like going to bed and sleep. Well, I got something a lot better than a few hours sleep. I watched the sun rise through the trees and listened to the message of hope that was given, one of victory over death, and it revitalized me more than if I had gotten 10 hours of sleep.

I was thinking about this the other day and realized that I had been taking a lot medication, but wasn’t using the right ones. We can buy about anything in the store these days, everything from cough drops to medicine that will dry you up and help you make it through the day. Well, it hit me the other day that sometimes we can get so wrapped up in taking this for that and that for this, that we forget to visit the Doctor himself.

So, when Sunday came around I kept an appointment with the Master Surgeon at Mannel Park, a visit where I didn’t need an insurance card orcopay, just an open heart that was ready for healing. Well, I am here to tell you that it was just what the Doctor ordered, a rejuvenated spirit and a dose of healing that mended my broken body and spirit.

So, the next time you are feeling ill, not getting better no matter what you kind of medicine you take, remember that we have a Doctor that is always in and is just a prayer away.


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