let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus,
the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
In the summer of 2013, our Church had a visit from Anglican Priest Mike Endicott. Mike Endicott is a blind Anglican minister, based at the Well Centre in South Wales, UK. He is the leader of the Order of Jacob's Well. His books are available on Amazon. Mike discovered after years of being an Anglican Priest, he was asking Jesus the incorrect way. He needed to find the abundant willingness of God as Father. Jesus it is written bore our iniquities and illnesses on the cross. He is abundantly God of Love.
We have a loved one who accepted a job in a city far from home. My loved one was depressed, lonely and pressed at work. We were all distressed. So I fasted and prayed and went off to the service with Fr Endicott.
When I approached Mike and his wife, they prayed and Fr Mike said, "Oh you are here about your arm."
I was really, really disappointed. No, my arm was just fine. I said no. Fr Mike replied, "Oh, sometimes that works that way." I was now even more disappointed, but I thought that all prayer is beneficial and we would just pray for my loved one. And we did diligently for about 10 minutes.
Mike's wife asked me, "Do you have history in your family with arms?" I said yes, my stillborn daughter was born without her left hand and we had two distant cousins without left hands. They nodded. I explained these family members had all been born with this. They nodded. I was disappointed.
Father Mike then said to me, "I feel that Jesus will have so much mercy on you because you were not here to pray for yourself and you have prayed in the past for your cousins and their families. Your arm should be fine." I said thank you and was glad for the prayer for the present situation. As I got in the car to go home, I thanked God that my arm was indeed fine.
Summer of 2015, two years later, this was all forgotten as I asked my friend who is a retired doctor and I worked our volunteer positions together for more than 3 years with, "What is this bump on my arm?" He said it was sarcoma. I was annoyed and said no one could diagnose sarcoma by touch. He said wanna bet, doctors do all the time. I was annoyed.
Later he asked and I said it's not really there. He said oh sure. And I said right. Later about November I noticed it again and worried and seemed to vanish. About March of 2016 I noticed I had a tumor of unusual shape and size about the size of 1" x 3" pink eraser. You could say it was indeed back. I tried all types of homeopathic remedies and found I had made open scars on my arm. I found a good surgeon who said when the scars healed, then he could operate. It would be 3 almost 4 months. Sure, sometimes I worried, but not really - for me - much at all. I had remembered what Mike Endicott had said to me. I had remembered what a boy in camp who said he could tell the future and I'd have arm trouble - but God had decided I'd be ok. I remembered praying for another cousin who had said dire arm trouble. And applied all Father Mike Endicott said to me with calm and peace.
Even the day of surgery, the surgeon was not sure, and the thing was removed. The nurse doubted it was ok. However the surgeon said even the initial view was benign as well as the pathology. The scar is well on the way to being gone as well with silicone tape, prayer and splinting.
This could have been very frightening considering all the events in my family. But our Father God had sent reassurance to be believed. God is good, making mountains become straight and trouble to be seen with faith.
God makes His Word complete. His joy in providing for His children. Real gifts of healing. Real gifts of prophetic reassurance. Taking hold of the Word of God with comfort.
Abide in the Lord.
You have said You are the Comforter. I will never again worry this. My grateful thanks, for Your Love and Wisdom. My thanks for Your Word. Your plans are for a Hope and Future.
Thank You Edward does so well. Thank You for my mother's improvement, may this continue. Thank You for assurance of those who love me. Thank You for Your plans of a Hope and Future. Thank You, Jesus, Abba, Holy Spirit. We lift up the ones who have asked for daily prayer in time of distress, knowing You Will Do Good for them.
We will keep our eyes on Jesus and trust Him with our cares. With the very eternity of those we Love. For Him to shine in our Communities, in our Churches, in our work places, in our Nation. Thanking Him for the 1/3rd's of the World praying with the Name of Jesus the Lord and 25% of these Beloved of Your's who are very interested in renewal. We pray with expectation!
And add to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Especially for Haiti. For relief and safety. Amen.
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