A Life Changing Moment

Setting: The Mumford Company, Wilton, Connecticut 1990
Twenty-two (22) years ago a customer entered the picture frame shop, I owned, in CT. She appeared green, in color, and behaved quite disoriented. She didn’t appear to be well at all.
When she had finished her purchase, I came from behind the counter to open the door for her. I stood directly in front of her and asked, “Are you feeling all right?”
She responded, “No, I have a blinding headache and I really don’t feel too good.”
I did not plan what happened next … it was a divine appointment that, in hindsight, was clearly God ordained. As I stood in the way of this woman, I felt my wrists being pulled and guided toward her. I felt my hands being lifted up and I observed them come to a rest when they gently landed on her head! It was like watching someone else do this! I had no idea what was to happen next. I felt like an objective observer, simply noting that someone’s hands were now on this woman’s head.
In the next moment, my entire life changed.
She looked at me, right in the eye, and said, “What did you do? The pain has gone.”
I was astonished. I knew I had done nothing! But those eight words would forever change my life.
I confess to feeling alternating fits of shock as well as a bit of euphoria. On the one hand I was terrified, and on the other, quite excited. Had I just witnessed someone being healed by God? My sister, Julie Sheldon, had been healed, when the Rev. Canon Jim Glennon laid hands on her for healing the year before. I wondered…was this the same thing?
Instantly, full color returned to the woman’s face. She declared that she now felt totally free of pain. She was so happy, she kept thanking me; and I kept insisting I had done nothing! It was a long while before I could comprehend what had happened to me … and to her!
The moment my hands touched that woman’s head, my life changed. Giving God all the glory, today, and always!
Jesus commanded his disciples to, “Preach the Kingdom and heal the sick.”
Luke 9:2
God bless you
Fr. Nigel+

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