I have felt pain—
Pain that brought tears to the eyes
Pain so severe
That had it lasted longer than an instant
Unconsciousness mercifully would have delivered me.
I have known pain—
Pain that came day after day
Pain so heavy
That the weight of it forced a slowness to my step
And caused the simplest of tasks to seem impossible.
But I have a great God—
God heard the prayers on my behalf
And chose to answer by taking my pain clean away
He healed all my infirmities, but what is more—
He forgave me all my sins!
TBT, April 4, 2005
© 2017 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved
Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
God performed a miracle in my life by taking away the arthritis in my spine. The pain had become intolerable. I could function as long as I didn’t slow down. But as soon as I dared to take a break from my work, the pain would flood my body with haste and intensity. Only narcotics and ice would bring it back under control. Then on a Wednesday night, while I lay on the pew in church beside my husband, unable to sit up because of the pain, he asked for prayer for me. They prayed immediately, and immediately the pain subsided. And I do mean immediately. X-rays the following week showed that the arthritis was gone. God doesn’t heal everyone like that, but it was in His plan for me, and I praise Him!
I know it’s not Thursday, but I wanted to share this poem today to give praise to my God right from the start of the new year. My prayer is that it will encourage you to also trust God for your own miracles, both large and small, for He is worthy of our praise and of our trust!