At the beginning of this year (and this series) I had received a bad medical report about my broken arm. The bones were not growing.
My arm is not healed yet, but I do have a praise report.
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Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.Â Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, â€œSon, your sins are forgiven.â€ Mark 2:3-5
The paralyzed man in the story had some amazing friends. They cared so much they didn’t take no for an answer. They were determined to get their friend the help he needed.
“No room in anywhere near the house? We’re going through the roof!”Â
I’m blessed to have friends like that. I pray you are too.
You see, I don’t want to bog you down with all the details, but the arm doctor said we could try a bone stimulator if insurance would approve it. A week later I got a call from the rep for the machine, insurance said I would have to wait another month and – since I have a very high deductible and we just started over again – it was gonna cost $2600.00. Or I could self pay and get it now for $600.00.
Awesome, except I didn’t have the money. I wasn’t sure what to do.
The next day at the end of choir rehearsal, the choir asked about my arm (they always do and then pray for me, I am so well-loved!). I gave them an update and mentioned the bone stimulator. “Well how much would it be?”, Â they asked.
The next thing I knew, Ivy and I were leaving rehearsalÂ with enough money to get the machine right away. Like the friends of the paralytic, my friends had ripped the roof off.Â They were determined to get meÂ the help I needed.
So now I am the proud owner of an Exgen Ultrasound Bone Stimulator. It has an 85% success rate healing non-unions. I’ve used it for 3 sessions, and I’m gonna be excited to give a positive report after my next x-ray on February 10.
Til then, this praise report willÂ suffice.
Remember, no man is a failure who has friends. – It’s A Wonderful Life
Like George Bailey and like the paralytic man in Mark 2, I’m blessed to have friends who came through for me. Even with a broken arm that’s taking forever to heal, I really do have a wonderful life.
I pray you experience the same kind of encouragement when you need it.
Praise the Lord.
About Season Of Light
I am writing a devotional series called â€œSeason of Lightâ€ (#SeasonOfLife) during the beginning of 2016, focusing on the 40 day season of Epiphany (from January 6 â€“ February 10). Weâ€™ll explore the major biblical themes ofÂ the beginning of Jesus ministry, and Iâ€™ll comment as the Holy Spirit inspires. This is for the purpose of growing in our relationship with the Lord. My desire â€“ my hope and prayer for you â€“ is that yourÂ heart may expand and your spirit grow brighter as we seek to be filled with the knowledge and presence of God. So, I invite you to join me on the â€œSeason of Lightâ€ journey!
Often Iâ€™ll be inspired by a scripture from the Daily Audio Bible readings and use that as a writing prompt. Hereâ€™s theÂ DAB readings for January 17:Â Genesis 35:1-36:43; Matthew 12:1-21; Psalms 15:1-5; Proverbs 3:21-26
Our church is also on a reading plan of four chapters per day, starting in the New Testament. Today is Mark 1-4