The Christian Ashram at Leonard Theological College was truly an experience of the power and presence of God. Before we even began on Friday, the students met together in the normal Friday Chapel Service for a healing service. The intentionality and attentiveness to the message of healing was life giving. I was blessed to watch faculty anointing the students who knelt at the altars and then to watch as many of the faculty knelt at the altar as his/her colleagues anointed him/her for healing. It was a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit. I soon learned this was the first time a service of anointing and healing had been done on the campus of Leonard Theological College. I give God thanks for students who are obedient to the Holy Spirit when He calls them and a faculty that is willing to participate and encourage students’ obedience.
During the three days of the Christian Ashram, we witnessed the Holy Spirit’s power to transform lives as students and faculty surrendered their lives anew to Christ. We heard people witnessing to clarity of calling, transformation of thought and life, and healing. I look forward to more conversations with the Principal, the faculty, and the students as the Holy Spirit continues to bring fruit from these days of Christian Ashram.
As I write this on Monday morning here in India, I am seeking to live out a prompting of the Holy Spirit on my life. There is a young faculty couple with whom the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray for during the weekend. Because of schedules and busyness, we have continued to delay my coming to their home to pray. As I was thinking and praying this morning, the Holy Spirit prompted me again about how often I put off for tomorrow what could be done today. I hide behind busyness or I am not disciplined in my time to be available when the prompting of the Holy Spirit speaks into my life. As I was reading this morning, I came across this poem attributed to Anonymous and printed in the Transformation Newsletter of the United Christian Ashram Movement in 1971.
He Should Have Attended an Ashram
He was going to be all that mortals should be—
No one should be kinder nor braver than he—
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too,
On him he would call and see
What he could do—Tomorrow!
Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write—
And thought of the folks he’d fill with delight—
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn’t a minute to stop on the way;
More time he’d give to give others he’d say—
The greatest of works this man would have been—
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do—
Join me in committing ourselves to intentionality and to obedience in the present and not put off the things of God till tomorrow. Join me in prayer for this young couple and for each of us that we will experience the power of God in living a disciplined life.