(All Scripture References are NIV)
Early this week I stopped at the drive through for a Bagel and Ice Cap which I don’t usually do, but since I’ve been working a lot of overtime lately, I felt I would reward myself. Afterwards, having spent the last of the money in my wallet, I decided to stop at the bank before I started my commute to work.
Coming out of the bank as I was going in was a woman who used to go to our church. She and her husband Steve (names changed for privacy purposes) had since moved from Petrolia to Sarnia. My wife and I saw them about three weeks before at roller skating, but they weren’t there the last two weeks. I mentioned that we missed them. Fighting back tears, she shared that her husband has been in the hospital for the last two weeks. They thought he had a stroke, but then the Doctors ruled that out, so they were still trying to determine what it was. I assured her that we would pray for them. She expressed her gratitude and then left.
This morning in my quiet time, I was enjoying the peaceful presence of the Lord. Steve came to my mind. So did Danny, a young man who had been in a motorcycle accident a few weeks previously. He was suffering from short term memory loss. Being that it was a Friday off for us, I mentioned to my wife Liz that we should plan on doing Hospital visitation today, and she agreed.
In 2010, my wife was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, and told by her Hematologist that she would be on Chemo Pills for the rest of her life. In 2012, after having lost 20 pounds that she could not afford on her small frame, she was in prayer in the kitchen during the week, praying in faith and shouting at the Cancer to be gone when she experienced what felt like lightning go through her body. When I got home that night, she told me she believed the Lord healed her that day. She said she felt the cancer leave her body.
Since then, the Cancer Clinic has not detected a cancer cell in their molecular testing that they do on her blood during her quarterly visits. They finally after two years of not detecting cancer cells, allowed her to come off the Chemo.
We know the healing scriptures: “He (Jesus) himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
There is another scripture that I have embraced since my Wife’s healing. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)