Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Healing Handkerchief

Today's Google Alerts took me to a blog where a mother shared an accounting of her son's broken fingers being miraculously healed. Her testimony can be found here.
The mother tells of her son's fingers being broken by a slammed car door. Really slammed! While she was giving him comfort on the lawn next to the car, a neighbor came up to see what she could do. When they finally were able to get the boy to let them look at the hand, it was obvious that the fingers were broken. The neighbor went into her house and brought back a handkerchief that had been blessed by a priest who is known for the great works God does through him. They wrapped his fingers in the handkerchief and prayed. Later at the emergency room, the triage nurse said..."yes, they look broken" and ordered x-rays. After a very long wait, the x-rays were taken and to the amazement of the nurse and the broken bones! In fact, the fingers were merely puffy. The next day the boy was fine.

If anyone has ever broken a bone, or had a loved one break a bone, most times, you know if it's broken or not. I have no doubt that this mother, her neighbor, and the nurse, knew the fingers were broken. Yet that blessed handkerchief seemed to make the broken fingers heal.

May I give my perspective on what happened with that blessed handkerchief? The neighbor's belief in the healing power of Christ brought about the healing. The priest, having blessed that handkerchief, helped the neighbor to believe and trust in God more than she would have on her own. Was it the handkerchief that healed? No. God healed that boy's fingers, through the faith of the woman who believed. That handkerchief helped to release any doubt as to what God can do when we believe with our whole heart.

Isn't it amazing what God can do when we believe with our whole heart? I sometimes want a similarly blessed handkerchief, so that I can abandon personal apprehensions, and trust in God, through "whatever" vessel.


Maureen Wittmann said...

It's okay to link to the blog post if you want. I had meant to had this scripture to the post:
Acts 19:11-12.
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

God bless you and yours!!!!

John Wesley said...

I should like to offer my most humble salutations and felicitations on this festal day of St. Valentine. I have the highest regard for our community, the “Methoblog” and wish we could make acquaintance under more auspicious circumstances as I am sure that these acquaintances may yet become a valuable and enriching friendship as we exhort and instruct each other to be conformed in the image of Christ.

I remain God’s most humble servant,

John Wesley