When we adopted our daughter N. she came to us with a number of health issues, one of which was staph that caused huge boils on her body. Being with her all the time meant that several of us in the family also got boils from staph. In the hot and humid weather of the P.I., infections run rampart. I ended up with a very large boil under my arm and when I went it to have it lanced the pain I felt was unbelievable. They sprayed a little numbing solution on it, then lanced it with a knife to get all the puss out...and then they packed it with gauze and antibiotics. Not pretty, not fun. Sorry to be so graphic.
The day I needed to go back and have it redone was the day my Interdenominational Prayer Group met on the military base. Around 40 women gathered once a week to sing, pray, and give thanks for God's love and faithfulness. I still miss that group 34 years later. When I asked for prayer about the doctor visit, two of the women came and laid hands on me and prayed I would feel no pain during this procedure and that this boil would heal and the staph would be gone. After the meeting I went right to the hospital for treatment.
I remember laying down on a table, and as the doctor got ready to take out the gauze and repack it, the nurse held me down and leaned heavily on my arm where the boil was located. I closed my eyes waiting for the procedure to start. Truthfully, I waited for the pain. As I waited, I wondered why the doctor did not start....until the nurse said to me, "Can you feel that?" I replied, "Feel what?" She asked, "Can you feel the doctor working?" She was more than a little surprised I was not reacting to this painful procedure. I said, "I can't feel a thing!" The doctor then said, "NOTHING?" I smiled and said, "I can't feel anything." They both were stunned, so I shared with them the reason why I felt no pain. I told them, "I was prayed for this morning ~that I would not feel any pain, ......and I am not feeling any pain!" "Isn't God wonderful!"
The boil healed and the staph left my body. God was faithful to answer His praying servants and I was blessed that day with His healing touch. I was also able to witness to the doctor and nurse and maybe others as they shared the story.
I already have gauze in my Memorial Box for when our 6 year old daughter had a similar experience with her boil in the corner of her eye. When I asked her if it hurt, she said, "Oh no, Mommy, I prayed that it would not hurt and it didn't." God removed the pain for both of us. Praise God for His deep love and faithfulness for His children.
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