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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Mariposa Part Twenty

The group decided to continue searching for Misty by following another path. The path they chose appeared to have some droplets of blood diluted with rain water giving it a pinkish look. The acid that Gypsy had taken was already starting to peak. The trees, bushes and brambles all appeared to having arms that were reaching out to grab him. Gypsy looked up and saw three different Mistys looking very ghost like in appearance sitting high up in the tall trees. Fortunately for Gypsy he was very experienced with psychedelics and had taken around a hundred acid trips. Three of these had been bad trips. He now knew how to use the part of his brain that could distinguish reality from fantasy. The rational part of his mind told him that that there was only one Misty, not three and that she was not a ghost.

Rick pushed through some thick Brambles and could see a body lying prone to the ground about ten yards further ahead. “Guys, there’s a body lying face down just up ahead!” yelled Rick as he jogged towards the injured party.

As they all got closer to the body they could tell by the clothing that it was Misty. Rick was the first one to reach her. He began to survey the area as he was taught to do in a first aid course that he had taken at St. John’s Ambulance three months ago. A few seconds later Gypsy and Sasha joined him one on each side of Misty’s prone figure.

Fortunately, by this time, the heavy rain torrent had passed over them and there was now only a slight drizzle. The sun was starting to poke its head through a few clouds. Rick went down on one knee to make sure that Misty was breathing. When he heard her breathe, he next felt for her pulse in her carotid artery. Rick was greatly relieved to know that Misty was both breathing and that her heart was working.

At this point Rick remembered that he should send someone to get help.

Sasha, I need you to go find the festival doctor. Tell him that Misty is breathing and has a pulse but she still appears to be unconscious and is bleeding from a head wound,” he told her.

Rick and Gypsy both started asking Misty if she could hear them. They could hear a few moans of pain from Misty. She began to slowly roll over crying out in pain. She looked at her tee shirt and could see that it was covered in blood. The gash in her head was still open, but most of the blood had coagulated by this time. Rick tore off his tee shirt and ripped a piece off it. He used the piece of his shirt to tie around Misty’s forehead. It was very likely that Misty had lost a lot of blood from her head injury.