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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Time Frames

By Scott Harrup
Sept. 21, 2014

Whether you deal with chronic pain or illness in the short term (24 hours with a kidney stone comes to mind in my experience) or for the long haul (multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy or rheumatoid arthritis perhaps), your prayers probably have one question in common — When will this end, Lord? During a health crisis, it is impossible to know if the light at the end of the tunnel is approaching within days, months or years ... or at all.

In pleading for God’s intervention, you might look exclusively for a miracle or feel led to pursue wise medical intervention. Either way, Scripture points to God as the true Healer. Miracles may demonstrate divine intervention more explicitly, but God is the source of all wisdom as well. In either scenario, that “when” question keeps popping up.

The Bible offers numerous examples of divine healing within a variety of time frames.

Job apparently suffered his unnamed ailment for at least some weeks before God restored his body. A woman who touched Christ’s robe received healing instantly in response to her faith, but had endured her ailment for many years before that encounter. The lame beggar at the temple in Acts 3 experienced immediate healing in response to Peter’s command to walk “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (v. 6, NIV). But he had been lame since birth (v. 2) and was “over forty years old” (v. 22).

Nothing in these examples points to a lack of faith on the part of the afflicted or to a delay in God’s expression of His love.

This week’s features, as well, address divine healing within different time frames. Mark Purkey received complete healing from potentially terminal cancer just hours after he was diagnosed. Carrie Judd Montgomery was healed after suffering for more than two years.

What physical challenges call you to prayer? Let these stories encourage you to anticipate God’s touch on your body — according to His timetable.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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