I had recently been diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee, which has had multiple surgeries over the years from a torn ACL and meniscus. Flare ups are normally every six months, involving draining and a cortisone shot. After a particularly bad flare up,I attended a NLCF healing prayer time, which included three members praying over my knee. (A warm and friendly experience for even a novice aka skeptic.) Even though I had pain relief, I was still skeptical because I was after all supposed to be getting better! As time went on though, I couldn’t help but notice that I was actually pain free, and stayed that way. I went to my follow up appointment a week later and my doctor was amazed at how fast it healed and told me to “do whatever it is you’re doing, because it’s working!” I am happy to report that 9 months later, I haven’t had a flare up requiring a doctor. If you are new to this, please know that NLCF is a place you can bring your doubts, your worries, and be OK! But most of all, just come as you are.
I believe the healing prayer that I have received several times has helped delay my hip deteriorating. While I was advised that I would need a total hip replacement by now that has not been necessary. My most recent visit to my orthopedic doctor a month or so ago showed that I still have enough cartilage in the joint and surgery can wait. I have been able to do some long hikes this summer on vacation over a mile and once up to 5 miles. I am grateful to be better and mobile and not required to have surgery at this point!
– Paula Cahill
Summer Camp: it’s the most normal thing in the world for most 12-year-olds. But for my daughter, sending her off this morning for camp was nothing short of a miracle. Just a few month ago, this was not only unthinkable, but we were investigating much more serious alternatives to help us manage her multiple diagnoses. After years of struggle, testing, and failed treatment, we were at a loss. How in the world would we ever get through the summer?
What changed? A new doctor, yes. But the change actually happened several weeks before that. In a tiny room at a little church in my sleepy town of Pacifica. The church offered “healing prayer” one night a couple months ago, and I somehow convinced her to give it a try. What could it hurt? She came, prayed by herself in a tiny room for ten minutes, as about 5 people prayed for her in the main sanctuary. They could have been doing anything, but they were there, praying for my child to find peace. Many others now pray regularly for her. Wow.
All I can say is that something broke that night, and the change was obvious. The shadow lifted and light came in. The next week we learned about a new doctor who has turned out to be an uncanny fit. “Please” entered my daughter’s vocabulary. Then “thank you.” Then a smile. This past week I heard laughter. The drive to camp with the whole family was the most pleasant we have seen in years. Praise God.
Lord, thank you for hope. And for the remarkable power of prayer. Thank you for problems, which increase our endurance and dependence on you. Thank you for making our child perfectly, just as she is. I have no idea what will happen this week, but thank you that you are with her every moment of it. And with all of us. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” ~ 1 John 5:14