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Healing for our son
Shortly after our son was born, the midwife with whom we had worked expressed concern over the coloring of our son’s skin. Her best advice was that we spend time in the sun with him, with just his diaper on, to help balance out the tone. (We lived in Seattle at the time and sun was a little hard to come by!) This recommendation urged me to seek a more permanent and spiritual solution. I remember considering the need and asking myself, “Do I really trust God enough to take care of someone for whom I feel responsible?” It was a moment of truth for me as a mom.
I opened my Bible to a favorite passage from the book of James: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (1:17). It struck me that the light of God, divine Truth, was all the light we needed for this dear, good, and perfect child, this perfect “gift.” I let that thought rest on our family. In future visits, the midwife said nothing more about our son’s skin tone and his skin has been of normal color since.
About ten years later, during a family gathering, this same son was roughhousing with a family member. Although it started out with smiles and in jest, our son soon fell to the ground and was in pain. I could feel the atmosphere of worry and fear around us. Family members became concerned. As I comforted our son, it became immediately clear that it would be best to leave the room, going somewhere we could get quiet and handle this situation through prayer. We happened to be in a restaurant high up in an office building. Walking wasn’t an option for our son at that point since his ankle appeared to be injured. Gratefully, my grandparents were also there that evening, and so we had my grandfather’s walker available to us. We quickly and calmly left the party, with our son leaning over the walker for support.
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JSH-Online comment, Natalie Aide, Avis Hofstad, Bonnie MacDonald, Cindy Vail
'Pray without ceasing'—what does it mean?
Judith Hardy Olson
The deeper lessons of healing
Prayer from the 'Grandma seat'
Dealing with debt and financial fears
Tell your face about it
Rejoicing in God's tender mercy
Moved with joy
Lawrence Musheba Kuseka
Inspiration and clarification
Timothy with contributions from Mark Unger
Right reasoning brings results
Connie Maria Abel
No more flu symptoms
Healing for our son
Never out of Life's embrace
There will be movement