Prayer-based healing? Not something everyone has experienced, but a growing phenomenon in the United States. Recent studies at Indiana University have shown that patients who are prayed for make significant gains in healing. My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the April 18, 2016 edition of Communities Digital News, slipped off a mountainside and was severely injured. He shares his own inspiring experience with healing through prayer. Read it. You’ll be glad you did. Here’s Eric:
This may be hard to believe, but shortly after tumbling about a thousand feet down a rock- and ice-covered mountain and suffering multiple injuries from head to toe, I had to laugh.
Despite the trauma, despite the pain, and despite the fact that it would be hours before anyone would find me laying flat on my back in the middle of nowhere, the words of a familiar hymn came to mind and made me smile. And then chuckle.
“Shepherd, show me how to go,” the hymn, written by Mary Baker Eddy, begins, “O’er the hillside steep.” (Did I happen to mention how I found myself in this predicament?).
“How to gather, how to sow, / How to feed Thy sheep.” (And did I mention that the only thing left in my rucksack was an apple?).
“I will listen for Thy voice, / Lest my footsteps stray; / I will follow and rejoice / All the rugged way.”
Tell me these words weren’t written just for me. And tell me that their coincidental references to rugged hillsides and wandering footsteps aren’t just a little, well – funny.
I was barely 15 years old at the time, but this wasn’t the first time – and thankfully not the last – that God had used humor as a gentle yet effective way of reminding me that He was on the scene and that everything was going to be OK.
Although most of my injuries were pretty obvious – two broken legs, a broken hand, and what felt like a pretty banged up face – there were other, less obvious problems I was dealing with, including hypothermia and internal bleeding. Yet, simply knowing that I was in the presence of the Divine was enough to keep my thought from lapsing into fear and helplessness….