When I hear the phrase, “Jesus saves,” I think of poorly lettered billboards on many a country road. I also remember an unpleasant incident when I was buttonholed by a street evangelist who asked: “Are you saved, brother?” But these unhappy experiences of insensitivity cannot change what is central for me, as for every Christian: Jesus does save. (Francis McNutt, The Word Among Us)
This article, Savior and Healer, is wonderful and I ask you all to visit The Word Among Us and read it. I can personally attest the work of healing in my own family, spiritual and physical.
The most dramatic case of physical healing came after Ron suffered from severe back pain for 18 months. During that time he also underwent two upper endoscopy procedures, one to diagnose an ulcer and to rule out pancreatic cancer, the other to check the healing process of the ulcer. It was finally determined that he should undergo a discectomy to remove the cause of the nerve impingement caused by the bulging disc. For months friends and family had prayed for Ron. After Mass the morning of the surgery, Fr. Joe administered the Anointing of the Sick to Ron, while friends, Margaret and Bill, and I laid hand on him. That in itself is a moving and spiritual experience.
While preparations were being made to begin the surgery, the surgeon came in to do the obligatory history and physical. During the physical the Dr. tried to elicit pain from Ron. He did all the neurological testing. When all was done he said. "I can't do the surgery." (I thought that was a poor joke to say to someone about to have major surgery!) He indeed was serious! He told us that since he couldn't cause Ron to have pain he couldn't in good conscience do the surgery because he could do more harm that good, should he have the surgery anyway. He told Ron to call again when he was having the pain and he would reschedule the surgery.
To date, 3 years later, Ron as had no more pain or even slight discomfort. Needless to say there was jubilation and exultation among family and friends as well as Ron himself. There is healing!!! It is here everyday and everywhere!!!
Thanks be to God!