Marana, AZ. Respected health care providers say that holding on to unforgiveness can physically hurt you. “There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. But beyond that, it can put up road blocks to deeper physical, emotional, and spiritual healings that Our Lord wants to give. God cannot work in the soul of one who is holding onto anger or blame from a wound inflicted by another. We’ll see just how freeing and healing forgiveness is in today’s story:
The following report comes from evangelist Ed and our Sierra Vista team:
I was asked by the office manager of St. Christopher to have an evangelization booth at the Parish Festival on October 12. We arrived at about 2:30, set up, and spoke to many people and handed out over 150 Miraculous Medals and about 100 rosaries. We also gave out many of our MP3 cards for them to listen to the 27 talks we have on them.
But one special lady came by named Mariann. She said, “Can you pray for me?” Of course, we said. Ed and Terry got up and went to the outside of the booth and Ed asked if she had any unforgiveness in her heart for anyone. She said yes. Ed asked, “Can you totally forgive this person because otherwise the healing of your body may be blocked. She shared that her mother was killed by her sister, and it was very hard to forgive her. We spoke more and she finally said, “I have to let God take care of this for me. I forgive her and will no longer carry it with me”. Ed asked if she had any pride in her – anything that took the place of God. She answered “No”. So Ed and Terry laid hands on here and asked the Holy Spirit to come. After we prayed, her husband was standing next to her and she exclaimed to him. “I can see clearly way over there!! She told us she had blurred vision and could not see far distance but now she can! Ed told her there is POWER in the name of Jesus!”
Another lady came by named Ida and she had a sore upper back and shoulder area. We laid hand on her and asked her the qualifying questions and her pain vanished. Please pray for Mariann and Ida that the Lord will continue to bless them with his healing graces. The pastor came by and gave us dinner tickets for free. He thanked us profusely for coming with all our materials and helping grow their parish. Overall, a very successful day.
Praised be Jesus Christ! God desperately wants to heal us, but so many hold onto hurts from the past and block that healing. Let’s look at today’s healing as an example of what is possible if we’d only forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us.