He Wasn't Cured But He Was Healed

      Tony Compolo tells a story about being in a church in

      Oregon where he was asked to pray for a man who had cancer.

      Compolo prayed boldly for the man's healing. That next week

      he got a telephone call from the man's wife. She said, "You

      prayed for my husband. He had cancer." Compolo thought when

      he heard her use the past tense verb that his cancer had been

      eradicated! But before he could think much about it she said,

      "He died." Compolo felt terrible.

      But she continued, "Don't feel bad. When he came into that

      church that Sunday he was filled with anger. He knew he was

      going to be dead in a short period of time, and he hated God.

      He was 58 years old, and he wanted to see his children and

      grandchildren grow up. He was angry that this all-powerful

      God didn't take away his sickness and heal him. He would

      lie in bed and curse God. The more his anger grew towards

      God, the more miserable he was to everybody around him.

      It was an awful thing to be in his presence.

      But the lady told Compolo, "After you prayed for him, a peace

      had come over him and a joy had come into him. Tony, the

      last three days have been the best days of our lives. We've

      sung. We've laughed. We've read Scripture. We prayed. Oh,

      they've been wonderful days. And I called to thank you for

      laying your hands on him and praying for healing."

      And then she said something incredibly profound. She said,

      "He wasn't cured, but he was healed." (Tony Campolo, "Year

      of Jubilee," Preaching Today Tape #212).

[ Tony Campolo (Swanlake@jam.rr.com) -- from 'andychaps_the-funnies' ]


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