For the last six months I have been battling cancer. In that time, I have had one surgery and extensive chemotherapy treatments. It’s been a difficult journey, and it’s one that is far from over. Recent CT scans have shown I have new tumors growing, which likely means more surgery and more chemotherapy as we head into the New Year.
It would be easy for me to be discouraged, and to be truthful, sometimes I am. But when those discouraging thoughts arise, I remember all the times Jesus did miraculous healings in the Bible.
- He healed the sick and those suffering from diseases (John 4:46-47; Mark 1:30-31; Luke 8:43-48: Luke 13:10-17; Luke 14:1-4).
- He healed the lepers (Mark 1:40-45; Luke 17:11-19).
- He healed the paralyzed (Matthew 8:5-13; Matthew 9:1-8).
- He raised the dead (Luke 7:11-18; Matthew 9:18-26; John 11:1-46).
- He healed the blind (Matthew 9:27-31; Mark 8:22-26; Matthew 20:30-34).
- He healed the deaf and mute (Matthew 9:32-33; Mark 7:31-37).
- He healed the invalid and those with deformities (John 5:1-9; Matthew 12:10-13).
- He healed the wounded (Luke 22:50-51).
And this isn’t even a complete list as Jesus healed even more than the specific cases recorded through Scripture: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25).
God still does miracles today. Though Jesus doesn’t physically walk the Earth touching people and healing them, every day we see him work through people to provide physical and emotional healing.
At Buckner, we like to say, “Hope shines here.” We say it because we know it’s true. Through our ministries, we have seen the utterly hopeless become the hopeful. And I have hope too. I have hope because I believe in the God who heals.
This is my story, but I’m sure you have your own. Every one of us has a story to tell of God’s faithfulness. As you enter into the New Year, take time to reflect on how you’ve seen God move in your life and encourage those around you by sharing your story. Praise God for what he has done and rest in hope for all he is still working on.
What is your story?
“Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all the gods.” –Psalm 97:2-4
Written by Aimee Freston, associate director of digital communications for Buckner Communications, as part of a special Faith Focus series focusing on who God is and what he does for his people.