New anointing

Recently while waiting to see my oncologist regarding a new treatment protocol that I will be starting for prostate cancer, I listened to a teaching from a series by Dr. Cindy Trimm entitled “The Anointing.” In the opening teaching she referred to two familiar scriptures that have been the inspiration for some of the original poems written on the subject of “the anointing oil” which I have compounded both “in the natural” as a pharmacist or apothecary and “in the spirit” as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was moved to tears as I reflected upon these poems while waiting to go over the new procedure and the medication involved.

I wrote this first poem as part of a daily exercise where I reflected on selected scriptures and wrote a quatrain or four-line poem in response:

The anointing that breaks every yoke flows freely,
Released within me to slip past the enemy;
Anointed anew with oil compounded by me,
After the fine art of the apothecary.

Dr. Trimm used Psalm 92:10 as the opening scripture for her teaching on “The Anointing,” and I introduced this poem with the same verse.

A New Anointing
But my horn you have exalted
like a wild ox; I have been
anointed with fresh oil.
Psalm 92:10

I am still overwhelmed, utterly astounded
When I recall all the Lord has done as I stand
In this place of grace where sin had once abounded.
Yielded and still, I submit to all that He has planned,
As I receive a new anointing compounded
Still after the art of the apothecary.
Fragrant blessings caress all that I do and say,
As I touch the realm of the extraordinary.
I must walk in wisdom and not be confounded
By devilish devices that distract and dismay.
I look to God who shall bless and refresh my soul,
As He pours this precious ointment upon my head
That I might be sanctified, preserved and made whole
And trade sorrow for the oil of gladness instead.
Trusting in God’s will is never disappointing,
As I receive from on high this new anointing.

In the first teaching in the series, Dr. Trimm extensively discussed the actual compounding of the anointing oil used in the tabernacle, citing the recipe God gave to Moses in Exodus and elsewhere. In filling this prescription, I also refer to the same verse in this poetic piece called a villanelle:

After the Art of the Apothecary
And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment,
an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary:
it shall be a holy anointing oil.
Exodus 30:25 [KJV]

I desire to follow recipes and not to vary
From the prescribed formulas for the remedies I need,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I long to work circumspectly and always be wary,
To measure and mix precisely for love and not for greed.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary.

I recall yearning to learn from childhood days in Gary,
To weigh my decisions and follow as the Lord would lead,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I seek to formulate my ideal art and to marry
Vocation and avocation as one of love and need.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary.

I attempt to move with wisdom but never to tarry
To master each prescription, to excel and to succeed,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

The sweet-smelling savor I desire my life to carry
Is the pure, holy anointing oil tempered of my need.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I am posting this discussion of the anointing and its importance in my life as the blog entry for July 31, 2019, in Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe, with its reference to the early days of my first profession. For more than 25 years I practiced pharmacy in Indiana and North Carolina, but now as a writer and minister of the Gospel, I use my skills in poetry and prose incorporating music and visual arts to “fill prescriptions” designed to minister to the heart and soul in this blog.

We tap off today’s entry with this musical reminder offered by the Zoe Group: “A New Anointing”:

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2 Responses to “New anointing”

  1. wilkersonj59gmailcom Says:

    Praise the Lord for this word

  2. Dr. J Says:

    As always, I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

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