God Bestows Gifts And Healing Through The Laying On Of Hands
Christine's faith is strengthened when she witnessed the miraculous healing of her grandfather. A visiting aunt prayed for him. Her faith had been powerfully affected by witnessing a miracle in New York.
...So one day she prayed a very simple prayer. “God,” she prayed, “I know you are real. Everybody says you are real, but I’ve never personally experienced you myself. So if you are real, show me that you are real.” That was all. But it was sincere and heartfelt.
During this period, Christine’s grandfather was living with them. For about six months he had been experiencing some kind of illness, though they knew not what. He was unable to stand up straight or to walk at all. He was able to hobble from his bed to the bathroom, but only very slowly and with great difficulty. Beyond this, there were no symptoms.
That summer, one of Christine’s aunts returned to Taiwan from New York. During her time in New York, she had experienced a healing during a church service, which affected her faith dramatically. So at some point, with Christine and her father present, the aunt came into the grandfather’s room and, with great directness, asked him: “Do you believe God can heal you?” On hearing these words, the grandfather began to weep. He said, “I believe ...I believe ...I believe only God can heal me. I have seen doctors, but none of them can help me. I’m just too old.”
Christine’s aunt decided to pray for the grandfather right there. She put her hands on the grandfather’s legs and prayed a very powerful prayer that he be healed. A moment after she had finished, the grandfather stood up and immediately started walking. They were all stunned to witness it. Christine said that even now, so many years after it happened, remembering it makes her very emotional. She remembers thinking that she couldn’t believe it was possible for a miracle to happen right in front of her eyes, that in just a moment’s time God could wipe away so many months of misery and pain.
Christine remembered that moments later her grandfather decided he must go outside. When the neighbors saw him walking around, they were all stunned. “What happened to you?” they asked. “We haven’t seen you in such a long time! How could you be walking?” Her grandfather was beaming with joy and simply continued walking, talking to different neighbors. “After that moment,” Christine said, “I decided that I would never doubt God again. I suddenly realized just how real he is and how powerful. Christine’s whole family had their faith changed by witnessing the miracle. They had previously believed in God, but perhaps in a somewhat abstract, intellectual way; after this experience their faith in God and his power was tremendously deepened.