Thursday, January 31, 2013

Joni Eareckson Tada on faith healing and marriage

Here are a few more comments from Joni Eareckson Tada that we didn’t have room for in the magazine (see “Loving life” from the Jan. 12 issue and “Choosing to sing” from the Jan. 26 issue, as well as another online-only excerpt “Joni Eareckson Tada on words that hurt, actions that help” posted last Saturday). In the following excerpt she tells how, after becoming a quadriplegic, she prayed ardently for God’s physical healing. She also talks about a hard nightly experience.
Were there Christians who said then, who say now, that if you only had great faith God would heal you? Do you, or did you, get that occasionally? Yes. I would read those passages off Scripture which seemed to guarantee that God would heal. When I was released from the hospital, I remember going to crusades of Kathryn Kuhlman, a famous faith healer, a Benny Hinn sort. I hoped that somehow God’s healing spirit would visit the wheelchair section, that those of us who were the tough cases would suddenly jump up out of our wheelchairs—but the spotlight was always on the other side of the stadium.


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