Sunday, June 18, 2000

Matthew 11:4-6 – Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." (NIV)

I have been struggling with a condition called otosclerosis for the past five years. Slowly I have been losing my hearing as the bones in my middle ear become fixed in place and unable to vibrate. I've recently had surgery to replace one of those tiny bones.

The surgery took an hour; the recovery, longer.

I am crying as I write this because of the most beautiful things I can now hear. A week after the surgery, I lay in bed in what was normally silence, unable to fall asleep. Normally, I was stuck with the sound of my own breathing and pulse whooshing inside my head, only this time it was different. I held my breath to hear where this new sound was coming from.

"Oh…my…God!" I said, meaning every word of what often is said with no meaning. I could hear my husband's breathing! Such a quiet way to have recovery sneak up on me, and so precious! God is simply amazing!

I'm simultaneously humbled and joyous at how it is possible that I can have my hearing restored so fully, and know that many do not have such an option as corrective surgery.

What must it have been like to be standing in front of Jesus, and with only a touch or a word, to find oneself restored!

I can only glorify God for this wonderful gift to me, and hopefully bring you all along with me in praise!

Prayer: Oh…my…God…. You have touched us all with your healing hand, forgiven our sins and have given us faith in you. Keep us near you always and give us strength to serve you. And thank you, thank you so much! In Christ's name. Amen.

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Janice R.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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