Healing Touch

hem of his garmentAnd, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:  For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.  But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. (Matthew 9:20-22, KJV)

The morning of Wednesday, March 2, I completed my final radiation treatment.  What a relief!  Although I know I still have many weeks of healing before me, completing treatment means my body can finally begin to heal.

That evening, I crawled into bed exhausted and hurting.  Conflicting emotions swirled…thankfulness and hopefulness at knowing I am done with cancer treatments…exhaustion from battling pain and struggling to keep my fluid and nutrition intakes up…intimidation at realizing I still have a long road of recovery before me.  I lay there thinking about the healing process…knowing I need more nutrition for substantial improvements…knowing my nutritional intake cannot substantially increase until my mouth and tongue heal enough to allow a broader diet selection.  Wondering how long it will take to heal…I knew it would take several days to see any improvement at all, because recent weekends failed to show any improvement.

I found myself silently praying, “Lord, please heal my poor blistered tongue!  Lord, I need your healing touch!  Jesus, please, let me just touch the hem of your garment!”

As I lay there praying, I remembered the heart-shaped prayer cloth on my night table.  My mother sent it to me weeks earlier, when I first began cancer treatments.  Mama asked the pastor and elders of her church to pray over the cloth, then mailed it to me.  As I prayed, “Let me just touch the hem of your garment,” I realized how similar that is to a prayer cloth.  In neither case is the healing power in the cloth itself, but in our Healer, Jesus Christ…yet He used cloth as a conduit for His healing power.

I fell asleep that night, clutching the little prayer cloth in my hand, praying, “Lord, let me just touch the hem of your garment!  I need your healing touch.”

I awoke Thursday morning, with the blisters gone from my tongue.

My mouth and tongue are still very swollen and sore.  But the raised blisters are gone…along with the sharp pain that accompanied them.

Our Healer lives!


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18 thoughts on “Healing Touch

  1. I am so sorry you are having to suffer like this. I’ve heard from a former Pastor of our church, that he too suffered with sores in his mouth from the cancer treatments. Thank you for writing when you are going through so much. I pray today that Jesus will continue to heal your mouth and that he will send many to your door to bless you.
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    • Thank you, Cindy! I definitely appreciate the prayers.

      I’m dealing with throat cancer, so the radiation was focused around my neck and mouth. The whole area is traumatized, inside and out. Trusting God to help it heal quickly and well! 🙂
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  2. Joey, I called Mama and read this to her over the telephone. Of course I was crying so much I had to stop and blow my nose and wipe my eyes. But I read it to her twice to make sure it was well imprinted on her memory, since she does not do online things much. She is praising God for His miracle and taking the testimony with her to church tonight to share with those who prayed over that cloth. Yes!!! Our Healer lives! Hallelujah!!!

  3. Joey, I am happy to see you keeping the Faith, but then again I never thought you wouldn’t. Congrats on completing your last radiation treatment too. I have watched your posts as I lay here recovering from another treatment for my malignant MS. I endured four months worth of chemotherapy in five straight days back in October, so my recovery has been lengthy to say the least, & I’m still recovering and suffering complications which has basically halted all normal activities for now. Like you, I chose life and continue to keep my faith that God will carry me through these dark days, and that my struggles and journey serve a reason and a purpose even though I don’t completely understand it at this time. I just wanted you to know that I am fighting with you in spirit, my friend.

  4. What a beautiful reflection on the cloth scripture, and a prayer in itself. I love that your mom sent you that heart shaped cloth blessed with prayers, and that God heard your prayers for relief and healing. I’m sorry you are suffering so. Your faith is such a beautiful gift to me today. Thank you. Im visiting from #smallwonder linkup today. May your healing continue and your strength continue to come from God’s grace.

    • Yes…cancer treatments definitely take their toll…a cumulative toll over time. I must admit to being a little impatient for restoration and healing. I have to keep reminding myself it took 2 1/2 months to reach this point and it will take a while to get back.

      Thank you, Joanne!
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  5. May our Lord increase your faith, as well as bringing quick relief and continued healing. Visiting from #TellHisStory today where we are neighbors.

  6. Oh, wow, Joe. What a wonderful share! I’m sorry I haven’t been over here to have read this. (I thought I’d subscribed… ?) So glad you’ve completed all those therapy sessions, and that you got to experience His healing touch this way. Yes, I do know personally that God still does such things!
    Now, onward and upward in healing—in the sunshine! 😉 Continued prayers for you.
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    • Yes, God still does such things! I’ve posted before about God’s love letters, and see this as another love letter.

      No, He did not instantly make me completely well and restored. No, He did not completely remove my current trials.

      However, He did answer my most pressing immediate need in a miraculous way. In so doing, He affirmed for me that He does hear my prayers, that He does love me, that my needs are a concern to Him, and that He is (and always will be) with me through all of life’s journeys.

      Thank you, so much, Sylvia!
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