Monday of Epiphany 3 – Prayer of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look on our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

Gina had been abusing drugs since she was 13. She had been through rehab centers 11 times. The world had pretty much given up on Gina. She had pretty much given up on herself. She really thought she was going to die from this. But one day she walked into an emergency room and admitted that she needed help. She had been living on the street for 4 years in London. She met a social worker that day who challenged her. She said she would fight for Gina, but Gina also needed to fight for Gina.

Gina and the social worker did. Today, Gina is in college and getting a degree. How exactly did God stretch out the hand of His majesty to heal her? It was not a lightning bolt from above. She credits the love her family and that social worker. It took a twelfth time in rehabilitation and a new cadre of friends. Gina thanks God today for them all. God looks on all our infirmities and he answers this prayer with his healing. It will not come through what looks like a miracle, at least not while it is happening. Perhaps, like Gina, you will look back one day and see the fingerprints of God all over your past. But while you are living it, you will likely only see the mundane and everyday faces of people just like you, family, neighbors, and perhaps even a few who are less than friendly. Know that through them God is healing and defending you.

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