A Miraculous Gift
by Dorothy Coxey
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
I attended an OSL Healing Event at La Jolla Presbyterian Church on March 10th, 2012. I had a specific need for prayer. The vision in my right eye was a blur. I could not even see the big letter “E” on the eye chart at the ophthalmologist’s office. I had what is called, “Stem Cell Failure”. This failure of the stem cells was due to the fact that I had squamous cell cancer on the inside of the upper eye lid of my right eye.
The treatment was “chemo therapy” which killed the cancer cells on the inside of the eye lid, but also damaged the stem cells of the cornea in my right eye. I could only see a gray blur out of my right eye.
On my way to the OSL Healing Event, I prayed the “prayer of relinquishment”. I knew that God would be with me through whatever difficulties that I may have on this earth. He certainly was with me and also with my husband, Jim, as we went through Parkinson’s disease that was “taking Jim down” bit by bit. If my vision in my right eye was to be permanently gone, I knew that God would be with me, helping me day by day.
As I entered the LJPC Fellowship Hall I was warmly greeted by members of the Order of Saint Luke. The program began with an introduction of Father David Montzingo given by Rev. Jeffrey Pearson of La Jolla Presbyterian Church. Father David Montzingo gave an excellent presentation about the Christian Healing Ministry, how he came to have a passion for healing, and how God led him to his ministry. I learned a lot from his talk. I always knew that God heals through doctors, nurses and medicines. So when I heard Fr. Montzingo talk about this, it put to rest all the times people attribute a healing to medical treatments, but not thinking about God’s hand in it.
The whole thing about where and when Jesus heals today made so much sense to me. He heals during our closest moments to Him: when we receive Communion, when we worship Him, when we read the scriptures, when we have our devotional time, etc. All these are times when we have that special opportunity to be fully open to Him and His Healing Power. There are times when we are “in Communion” with Him - there is a oneness. I felt that “oneness” as the team prayed over me. It was a most wonderful, enriching experience. There was so much love from the team.
As I left, I reflected on all that was said and all that had happened. I was very glad that I had attended this special event. I thought of all the OSL members and how they had given their Saturday to come and share their gifts and reflect God’s love with all of us who attended. I found myself wishing that all the LJP church membership could have attended.
On the way home, I felt no discomfort in my right eye. I decided to close my left eye (the “good” eye) and see how my right eye (the “bad” eye) was doing. My vision had cleared! It was not real sharp vision, but it was no longer a blur. I could SEE out of my “bad eye”! I cannot express in words how I felt. My heart was filled with so much gratitude.
When I got home, I shared this news with my daughter, Cathy. We said prayers of thanksgiving. I was and still am so excited inside, so very grateful. That God would heal ME? That is a marvel! Yet I know that God loves me. He cares about me. He wants me to have a whole and abundant life. Why would I be so surprised and mystified? Why am I afraid to tell my sister who just received news that her breast cancer may have metastasized in her lung? I am afraid because I do not want her to wonder why God healed me and yet she is facing her horrible news.
I continue to use the medications that the doctors prescribed for my eye. I continue to praise God. I give thanks for the wonderful OSL healing conference and all the team members who were there. I have hope that my vision will continue to improve. I feel very blessed!