“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9).
Our Christmas program at church this year was not the typical program – the kids didn’t want to just do “the same old thing.” The teens had a film we had made, with some live acting to go with it, and our dance team did a phenomenal presentation as well – but none of it was the typical baby in the manger story – it was more about a life that had been lived and lives that were forever changed by that baby whose birth we were celebrating. I had heard that the children were going to do something “different,” and I usually videotape our programs, but then it’s like you don’t really get to see it, you know? Kind of like videotaping your child’s football game and you have to watch it later to see what really happened as you were so busy trying to follow the action.
For the children’s program, the praise team began to sing the song below “You are Holy,” which is one of my favorite songs – I love LOVE the part where it talks about the train of his robe filling the temple – you can just see it happening as you’re singing. As the song began to unfold, the children walked in carrying a long purple cloth, very reverently, and they connected it to an altar type thing at the front of the church, and they held it gingerly in the air. As I was videotaping, I zoomed in on one of the faces of a nine-year-old boy, and he was crying, bawling, tears rolling down his cheeks. I began to feel the Spirit in the room, the composition of the air changing, and I put down the camera. I did not want to miss whatever was about to happen.
The children stood with the cloth, tears flowing, and the Pastor invited anyone who had a need to come forward and touch the cloth and pray for their need. We know these inanimate objects have no power – this cloth carried no healing power on its own, but the Spirit works through our faith and our prayers – like the woman with the issue of blood who knew that if she could just touch the hem of his garment, she would be healed. People began to stream toward the cloth and the prayer was truly one of the most powerful things I’ve ever heard – a chorus of voices rising in unison but distinct, each person praying for their need, or the need of the one next to them.
One of the couples who approached the cloth was the man I talked about last week who had given me the ”Radiating Faith” book. I don’t know them that well, so I really had no idea what they were exactly praying for, of course, but I did know that they had a grandchild on the way who had been diagnosed with cleft palate and cleft lip. We had been praying that while in utero, this child would be healed. I had not heard a recent update, and all ultrasounds had been showing no improvement so far. It wasn’t until a week later that I heard the news!
The baby boy was due in January, but right before Christmas, the mother went into labor, and the baby was delivered, healthy and whole – WITH A ROOF IN HIS MOUTH! The ultrasound the week prior had shown a gaping hole, NOTHING there. The man had gone to pray at the cloth, and he said later that when two of the other men put their hands on him, and he thought the hands were really hot – he literally acknowledged in his mind that “Boy, these guys are hot today.” He didn’t have a big shaking, a tremor all over, no tingles or chills – just felt a warmth when his brothers in Christ joined him to pray for his grandson and his healing.
The child was born with a cleft lip, but the palate was intact! No sucking issues, no feeding issues – able to immediately breastfeed with ease. It is a MIRACLE, one that is documented by medical evidence! Because we know a child cannot just close up the roof of his mouth by normal growth in one week. The divine hand of God reached down upon this child and healed him! Why not the cleft lip? I don’t know – was thinking about that last night. Was it so that God could show His glory, that what he touches is made whole, and what He does not touch is not? I have no idea – only know that a cleft lip is a much easier fix than a palate. Many of Jesus’ miracles, He said that they were done so the people would SEE the glory of the Lord.
We have SEEN…we have PRAISED…hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Look up this song and see if you can feel Him….He is here, still working on behalf of his people!
My name is Teresa Evans. I am a wife to Tom, a retired Circuit Judge, and I am a court reporter by trade, a mother by God's grace and a lover of Jesus Christ. I've grown up in a family blessed with many miracles, and have received multiple miracles myself.