Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-Six

In approximately one more hour we should have the results from her brain scan. Don’t worry. I have assigned a nurse to sit in a chair beside Misty’s bed to monitor her condition. I instructed her that if there is any change in Misty’s condition to alert me immediately. Why don’t you go to the cafeteria to get a coffee and I will give you an update you in about an hour,” said Dr. Pauls with a calm, reassuring tone to his voice.

Thank you doctor. We’ll be back in the waiting room in about forty-five minutes,” Lloyd said.

While the doctor was talking to her father Sasha had gone to the nearest pay phone in the lobby of the hospital. She called her mother, Sheila’s, number.

Her mother picked up the phone on the second ring.

Hi, honey. How are you enjoying your vacation so far?” asked Sheila.

Well, it hasn’t been boring. I can say that much. Look, Mom the reason I’m calling is that Misty is in the hospital right now,” said Sasha very voice trembling.

Oh, my God, what happened to her?” asked Sheila sounding like she was choking on her words. Sheila was just about to go out to a Bible study.

Misty had an accident. Sheila slipped and fell and hit her head on a rock. The doctor was able to sew up the wound to her head but he is still keeping her under observation as he fears there may be some complications,” Sasha said checking to see if her father was still talking to the doctor.

What kind of complications?

Well, Misty has been speaking in gibberish and appears to be hallucinating,” answered Sasha.

Where were you guys when this happened?” asked Sheila beginning to sound very agitated.

We have been at The Lake Mariposa outdoor rock festival for the past two days. Dad took us,” said Sasha.

Did Misty take any drugs when she was at the festival?” asked her mom.

She smoked some weed but I think that a guy she met at the festival gave her some acid. The acid may have been contaminated,” said Sasha.

So what’s happening right now?” asked her mom standing up now and beginning to pace while talking on the phone to her daughter.

Well, Dad is talking to Misty’s doctor right now. I’m sure he’s getting an update on her condition.

Look Sasha. I’m going to quickly drive to my Bible study where I have some great prayer warriors that can start praying for Misty. And Sasha. I want you to call me as soon as you get further updates on Misty’s condition.”

I will Mom. I’m going to give you the phone number for Winnipeg General Hospital Emergency. I’m sure that Dad and I are going to be here for most of the night. I love you, Mom.” Sasha began to sob.

 

 

 

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Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-four

The passengers in the van were silent for a good ten minutes. Finally, Rick spoke up,” Sasha, you were saying some thing about some kind of healing prayer meetings. And what was the word you used, charismatic?”

Yeah, my mom took me to a few meetings like that in California,” answered Sasha.

So what happens in these meetings exactly?” asked Rick.

Well, it’s kind of hard to explain if you haven’t been to one or are not familiar with The Bible, but I”ll do my best to explain it,” replied Misty. She was actually grateful to talk about anything and stop worrying about Misty for a few minutes.

Well, these healing meetings can either take place in a church or someone’s home or really anywhere for that matter. Usually the evening will start with a praise and worship band performing choruses or spiritual songs. The congregation will either dance, clap, sing a long or just sit and pray while this is going on. Then the pastor or spiritual leader will give the message for the evening. The message can go on from ten minutes to two hours depending upon the preacher and the move of The Spirit,” Sasha explained.

The Spirit, what kind of Spirit?” asked Rick.

The Holy Spirit. Like I said I’d have to go into a whole bunch of background teaching before any of this made sense to you. It would be a lot easier to explain if we were actually in a charismatic healing prayer service right now,” answered Sasha.

Well, okay. Let’s forget about The Holy Spirit for now. What happens after the preacher finishes the message?” asked Rick.

Then the preacher or spiritual leader will usually ask the congregation if anyone needs prayer. He will ask people to come to the front of the sanctuary to get prayer. Sometimes he will get a word of knowledge that someone needs prayer for a specific problem such as arthritis or migraine headaches.”

Wow, the more you talk about this Sasha the weirder it sounds,” said Rick.

Sasha laughed after Rick said this. “Well, you right it does seem pretty weird until you’ve been to a few healing services, Rick.”

How does the preacher know that a specific person in the congregation has a specific illness and what is a word of knowledge,” asked Rick. At this point he was trying very hard to understand what Sasha was telling him, even though he was completely baffled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Mariposa Part Twenty-three

 

Thanks Rick. I probably shouldn’t be driving right now. I’m too upset about what happened to Misty,” said Lloyd gratefully. “If you and Sasha weren’t technically still on your first date I would say that you’d make a great son-in-law.”

After Lloyd said this they all broke out in laughter. It was a great release for their collective built up stress, anxiety and fear. However, for Lloyd it also increased the pain from his broken nose.

I’m really scared, guys. The only speech from Misty was gibberish,” said Lloyd.

We all are. All we can do now is wait,” said Rick, choking back tears.

We could pray for her,” said Sasha. “I believe in God and you told me that you do too Rick.”

I’m kind of an agnostic myself,” Lloyd offered, but I’d be more than willing to pray for Misty to get better.

I’d like to, too,” said Rick.

We’re all in agreement then,” said Sasha hopefully. “ Dad, pull over to the side of the road and we’ll all say a quick prayer for Misty. I know how to pray for healing. I’ve my mom pray for people to get healed many times.”

Lloyd pulled the van over to the side of the highway.

First let’s all hold hands,” said Misty taking the lead. “We need to all be in agreement when we pray. Okay, I’ll start praying,”Heavenly father, we hold up our sister, Misty to you. We ask you to pour your great love and compassion upon her. It says in your Word that ‘By your stripes we are healed.’ We ask you now to say the Word so that Misty will be healed. I know that physical healing is part of the atonement so we ask that you supernaturally restore Misty to full health. We ask this in total faith and agreement. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Lloyd and Rick both said, ‘Amen’ in unison.

Wow, where did you learn to pray like that, Sasha?” asked her dad.

From watching Mom. She’s also taken me to some charismatic healing services,” Sasha.

What’s a charismatic healing service?” asked Rick.

Let’ all get back in the van and I’ll explain it,” said Sasha.

They all got back I the van with Rick once again moving into the driver’s seat. For a few minutes there was silence and a strange feeling of peace in the van.