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Should We Pray for Healing? Part 3

Should We Pray for Healing? Part 3

I have a scar on my chest from having an ICD pacemaker implanted. Someday, I will likely have a scar from where the doctors have put in a new heart. It always amazes me how many people ask me about my scar –the checkout clerks at the grocery store or bank, moms at the pool, girls in my Bible study group.

A personal object lesson

When someone asks, I instantly have a platform. I can give the “I have heart problems” line. Or I can take my opportunity. In just a few sentences I can remind them that life is short and unpredictable, even when you are young. And I tell them that I have a faith that has been strengthened, not weakened, by trials.

And I can tell them of my God, who loves me and died for me, and that they can know too. I know that we can witness any time. But I am often asked to tell. What an opportunity and a gift!

I have walked there too!

I have also found with believers that having long term health issues has given me the right and the depth to speak. I have not experienced the same things that my friends are going through; however, I have gone through deep waters with God over the long haul.

The principles, disciplines and perspective that those trials have developed in me are the same that He is developing in them through different circumstances. As a result, we can walk together in understanding and companionship even though the struggles are very different.

Perspective

This is one that I have touched on a few times, but it’s one that is easily forgotten. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I have a son who is 4. When he was 18 months old, I spent some time in hospital and we were confronted with the reality that the condition I have would not be going away anytime soon.

As I grappled with the reality that I would likely not see my son reach adulthood, I cried out to the Lord. I’ve seen children who have lost a mom go far off the rails. I’ve seen the pain and aimlessness of their lives. I don’t want that for my son. What could I do, as a mom, that would endure for him?

A solid foundation

The answer that came back was to build the Word of God into his life and to make positive memories. Those two things have shaped the pattern of our family over the last 3 years. At 20 months, our son could sign and say Psalm 119:9-16. At 2 ½ he could sign and say Psalm 1. At 3 he could say Psalm 91.

Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduations are all celebrated with planning, excitement and meaning infused into them to create memories that communicate eternal truths.

I have many girlfriends with children the same age as mine, and I can’t count the number of times that the Lord has given me an idea about making memories and they have rejoiced over it and taken it home to do with their families. God has certainly set eternity and an eternal perspective into our family through the terminal illness He has given, and we are the richer for it.


Should We Pray for Healing Series by Anne Griffiths

Read all the current articles on prayer and healing.

Anne Griffiths

Anne lives in Oakville, Ontario and fellowships at Hopedale Bible Chapel. She and her husband Nathan have one son, Alistair. They both have a heart for the assemblies and a passion for the Word of God. Anne teaches piano and is a part time social media liaison along side homeschooling her son.

One Response to Should We Pray for Healing? Part 3

  1. Mercer Armstrong

    Thank-you Anne for your series of articles. They are fully consistent with the teaching of the Word of God. However, they are much more than that, for they are a testimony to the reality and depth of your relationship to our Saviour, and the eternal perspective which sees the temporary circumstances of this life as the vehicle through which we can glorify Him.

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