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    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. ...

My Journey: Reed Is Playing Football!

By Tom Bougher
Dec. 23, 2012

Once or twice a month, the neighborhood boys come over and I throw them passes with the football in our front yard in Nixa, Mo. They tell me what routes they are running and then try to impersonate Tony Moeaki (of the Kansas City Chiefs) with one-handed catches.

Reed Thompson, now 10, lives directly across the street and is always a part of that group.

I couldn’t believe my ears when Reed’s dad, Tommy, came over and told me that Reed would be playing Mighty Mites football this year. He was playing for a team called the Steelers.

Let me explain my surprise. Just two years ago, at the age of 8, Reed was diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes, a disease that attacks the ball of your hip. When the ball doesn’t get enough blood, it dies. The doctor from the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis told the Thompsons that Reed would be restricted to using crutches or a wheelchair for the next year, maybe two.

When I heard about Reed, I immediately went across the street. There I prayed with the Thompsons right outside their front door, asking God to heal Reed. I didn’t know that earlier in the day my wife, Jan, had already been over to pray with Reed’s mom, Mary Margaret. As expected, when family and friends heard about Reed, there were prayers going up all over the nation.

Of course, the diagnosis troubled the Thompsons. But Mary Margaret and Tommy continued to follow the plan for their son, as instructed by the doctor. They bought the wheelchair and the crutches, and even had Reed fitted for a brace.

Mary Margaret went in one night to pray with Reed before he went to sleep. She recalls that she’s never prayed with such bold determination, desperation and complete confidence that the Great Physician could and would heal Reed.

When Mary Margaret concluded her prayer, she took her hand off Reed’s hip. He said very innocently that he was glad she was through praying because it was burning his hip.

That’s when Mary Margaret knew Reed’s healing was in God’s hands. She felt that God spoke to her that night, saying, Quit worrying. I’ve got this. Just believe it.

That is exactly what Mary Margaret did. The Thompsons started living again — with a newfound excitement for God’s presence in their time of desperate need.

A short time later, Mary Margaret and Tommy felt that a second opinion might be in order. So they took Reed to see a doctor in nearby Springfield. To their surprise, that doctor confirmed that it looked like Perthes. But instead of being in the beginning stages of the disease, Reed was in the last stages.

Just to verify this report, the Thompsons went to a third doctor. After an examination, the doctor delivered some great news. The ball of the thighbone in Reed’s hip was not totally deteriorating! God had performed a healing. And more good news: Reed did not have to use the wheelchair or crutches anymore.

That’s why seeing Reed play Mighty Mite football is such an amazing sight in our neighborhood. This fall, I watched him help his Steelers win a game. All the while, I couldn’t help but think, God is still in the miracle-working business.

I know. I watched one run up and down a football field!

TOM BOUGHER is the adult resource consultant for Assemblies of God Discipleship Ministries.

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