I was listening to a programme on BBC 4 radio this week. It was reporting on events in Ecqador during the Covid 19.
One lady was interviewed. Her husband contacted the virus and died in a few days. She rang the authotrities in her country to come and take away her husband’s body. Only after five days was his decaying body removed. The lady contacted the disease as well but survived. She had two young sons.
Many families suffered like she did. Dead bodies were left lying on the streets for days. The hospitals and normal services were not prepared for the death of so many people.
It is easy to complain about past and present wrongs in our country. I am so thankful after listening to that programme. I am so grateful for the services we are blessed with here in Northern Ireland. These services were put in place by people who believed God in generations past and wanted to help their fellow man. First of all I thank God for the people in our country who believe in God. God has preserved us from sickness and healed many who contacted the disease. Our local minister was told to prepare for many deaths from Covid. There were not any deaths from Covid in our town.
I am thankful for the Health Service, the many men and women who worked in the hospitals. I am thankful for the politicians who had to make difficult decisions in the crisis. I am thankful for the people in our families, villages and towns who supported each other through their fears. I am thankful for the people who know their God and intercede for others.
Let us keep alert and keep praying. God my Heavenly Father delivered me from death from cancer ten years ago through the prayers of many. I believe Jesus heals today. I want to tell others that Jesus will heal our diseases and even prevent us from getting sick. This is good news. Let us pray for workers in the harvest to go to those countries that don’t know of God’s love and care through Jesus sacrifice for us on the cross. The Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin and sickness.
A friend of my husband called him when he heard I had cancer. He told him “Do all you can to get your wife healed.”
I was doing what the doctor’s were telling me. People were praying for me. I was confessing my sins as God showed me my heart condition of bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, independence, selfish ambition and rebellion. My husband layed his hands on me as the scriptures and they will get well. Was there anything else I could do?
In James In the bible there is a verse which says.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:14-16 NIV)
My neighbour came to visit me one day many years before I was sick. She told me a bit of her life story. Her mother died when she was fifteen leaving her the eldest child, to help her father with the rest of her family. When she was eighteen she contracted TB. She had to lie in hospital for months. A minister came to her bedside one day. He said,”I am going to anoint you with Oil. In the Church there is a prayer said for the dying called the Anointing with Chrism.”
The minister continued “This prayer is said for the dying but I am going to pray for you to live.” He prayed for her according to James. She recovered from TB and was restored to her father and family. She continued dutifully to help at home. Some years later she fell ill again with TB and was confined to hospital.
One night an angel appeared to her and reminded her of her previous healing. He told her to believe God can heal her again. God had compassion on this girl who looked after her motherless siblings. She was healed a second time. She later got married and had children of her own.
My sister came to see me and offered to take me to a healing service being held in Clonard Monastery during a retreat. I went along with her. Ministers moved among the crowd and anointed each one with oil, according to the passage in James 5. I received all the help I could get to be healed. I believe the word of God and choose to obey it. I received the blessing from this minister.
After I was healed of cancer others in my local town heard about it. One lady in her seventies came up to me after church on Sunday and told me her story. When she was thirty six she had cancer. The doctors could do nothing for her. She was sent home from hospital. She prayed to God and asked him to let her live to rear her children. God answered her prayer. She has lived to see her children’s children.
As I tell my story of God’s healing, it gives others courage to speak up and tell what God has done for them. Tell others what The Lord has done for you.