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The Oil
by M S Austin-Campo
11/01/07
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Though there is sorrow in the night, His joy comes in the morning!

Well, Halloween is over. It was a non-event for me except for my normal routine. Oh, there were many many years that I had hand sewn costumes for my five kids and went about the neighborhood while they collected candy. I don't want to talk about Halloween though.

Today is November 1st, "All Saints Day". This day was marked as a day to celebrate all those "saints" who have gone before us. It is a time to remember the ones who lived valiantly for His cause and most of all, remember Him, as we need to all the time. It is also my late mother's birthday.

She passed away August 18, 2006. More than a year now she has been gone from this place and living in a place that must be marvelous beyond our human conceptions.

The morning she passed my younger brother, my oldest son and I were with her. I was literally up on the bed holding both of her hands. I suppose I was almost straddled there for whatever amount of time that is just seemed close. She had been unconcious all morning, not moving, not speaking, not opening her eyes. Thankfully, we were blessed with some of that the night before.

Right at the end though, under power she did not have, she lifted my hands and hers up into the air, almost as if she were praising. She lifted my hands and arms also! Each time this happened her eyes came wide open. Her beautiful blue eyes looked again like wonderful large ponds as she stared up and over my left shoulder at something, or Someone.

Three times this happened, eyes opened and arms up then hold then slowly arms down with eyes shutting. Three times my hands raised above both our heads!

I no longer feel pressed to celebrate Halloween. I do appreciate the courage that many before me must have had as they walked the narrow path before me. I always celebrate Him, praise Him.

For me, though, today I am going to celebrate my Mom. She was the only one I had and surely she was a blessing in my life. I am going to celebrate her, her life and even her death. I'm going to celebrate because I know that she is.

I praise God for her, in every realm. I praise God for Him just cause He is.

Oh yeah, this morning, I happened upon a small bottle of annointing oil. I usually keep a bottle on hand in case the Lord has any divine appointments for me and I have opportunity to lay hands and pray. This particular bottle was probably my favorite. It was also empty. In fact, the last time I used it I sort of beat it on my palm to try to get any remaining out.

This morning when I saw it I noticed something strange. I picked it up and realized it was a third way filled again. Ha ha ha, imagine that!

The reason, I am not sure, but somehow it seemed quite fitting to me on "this" day. Thank You Lord-

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