A Healing Reversed

Kingwell By Kingwell, 1st May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3229cmwx/
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A disabled women receives a miraculous healing only to see it reversed when she uses profanity.

Sarah's Disability

Sarah sat in her chair by the table, crutch by her side. She had been born with a disability, her right leg would not straighten and consequently that foot could not touch the floor. There was no doctor in the isolated community where she had been born and in her more than sixty years, she had never travelled outside of its borders. Despite this Sarah had married and raised a family of nine children, now widowed there was just her twenty-two year old son Michael, to keep her company in the big house on the point. It had been a long day and she was tired, but like many mothers, she would not go to bed until her son had returned home. As she waited for Michael, her mind went back to an afternoon about two weeks ago, when Mary sawyer, a young lady from Isaac’s Cove, about a twenty minute walk down the shore had paid her a visit. She had known Mary since she was a little girl and now she was married with three children of her own. That Mary was very “religious”, she had known for a long time, yet was surprised to learn that she had become involved with a prayer group from “up along”, as most Newfoundlander’s referred to those who lived in Canada and the US. Mary told her that they prayed for the sick and wanted to know if Sarah would agree to have her name placed on the prayer list. “We will pray for your leg to straighten”, Mary had told her, “If our prayers are answered, you will never need to use that crutch again“. Knowing Mary, she had readily agreed but thought little more about it until tonight. Now she found herself wondering what it would be like to walk without the crutch which was as much a part of her as her hands or feet.

The Miracle

Sarah felt guilty thinking about her name being on that prayer list and she had only agreed because she knew that Mary was very sincere and truly wanted to help her. The fact was Sarah, although she believed in God and in prayer, wasn’t a practicing Christian, indeed cursing was so much a part of her speech that she rarely noticed that she did it anymore. It had been the same with her parents, indeed her father would sometimes say that he had learned to swear in his prayers. Sarah sighed, why would God want to heal a sinner like her? Perhaps, she thought, she would go to church next Sunday. A quiet chuckle escaped her lips, as she contemplated the talk, such an outing would cause among the church ladies. The sound of footsteps interrupted her thoughts and she reached for her crutch. Michael was home, it was time for a cup of tea before they both retired for the night. Having bid his mother good night Michael ascended the stairs to his bedroom and Sarah prepared to wash the few dishes and as was her custom, sit the table for next morning’s breakfast. Soon she too made her way up the stairs to the bedroom that she had shared with her husband for almost forty years, until he had been lost at sea two and a half years earlier. As these thoughts filled her mind she proceeded to get ready for bed, but as she was about to extinguish the flame of the small oil lamp, she suddenly froze in her tracts. For the first time in her life both of her feet were touching the floor! Shocked, she called to her son, cursing as she did so. Snap! Sarah didn’t know if the sound came from inside her head or not, but when she looked down, her leg was as it had always been. Until the day of her death however, Sarah was to maintain that for a brief moment, she had witnessed a miracle.

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Church, Crutch, Cursing, Disability, God, Kingwell, Miracle, Newfoundland, Parents, Upalong

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
2nd May 2014 (#)

love your stories and the compassion you have...

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd May 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
3rd May 2014 (#)

I believe in the miracle cited in the story. Keep up!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th May 2014 (#)

Thanks nc. Blessings.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
3rd May 2014 (#)

Interesting story.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th May 2014 (#)

Your stories are so touching and cross barriers of time, distance, custom and culture. I feel part of humanity even more every time I finish reading your posts, Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
8th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva I take that as a compliment and am pleased that you continue to read and enjoy my stories. Blessings.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th May 2014 (#)

I echo Carolina, N.C., and Siva. What a great piece. What a miracle and yet a tragedy! Wonderful tale spun here!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl. Blessings.

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