A Stroke of Healing
Today's Miracle Monday comes from the May 1946 edition of The Gospel News. The anonymous letter writer tells the story of how the Lord touched a brother named Chester.
I am writing you relative to Brother Chester who became ill on Feb. 19th after coming home from work. He ate his supper and soon after went to the kitchen and on returning to his bedroom, he lost the use of his limbs and fell and cut himself above the left eye, and with Sister Chester's help, he got to bed.
In the morning, he tried to get up and fell again, as he was unable to walk at all. A neighbor lady came in and suggested we call a doctor. We also called Brother Frye and others to come and anoint him.
The doctor came and, after an examination, said that he had taken a light stroke, which had affected his spine, causing him to lose the use of his limbs and advised them to be careful or it would be more serious.
For two weeks, the brethren and sisters came to visit him as he became able to sit up in a chair. On March 10th, Brother and Sister Chester went to Sunday School as usual, but in walking in, he had to hold to the chairs, as walking was very difficult for him. At the close of the Sunday School, he fell down a flight of stairs but did not get hurt. The brethren helped him to his chair, and he told them to open the meeting, for it was time to do so.
Brother Diminico did so and read some scripture from the 7th chapter of Luke. While Brother Chester sat listening to the preaching of the word, it was as though a strong electric bulb was turned on, and the appearance of the saints were all changed, and he wondered what it could mean.
He saw the Saviour standing in front of him with outstretched arms, and realizing that He was here (present) to bless and touch the poor and afflicted, and he also knew that he needed to be touched, for he, himself, was sorely afflicted.
Brother Chester then arose to his feet and said: "Verily, thus saith the Lord." His words further than this were not understood, and he could not repeat them. He arose to his feet again and, walking towards the aisle, repeated the hymn, "The time is far spent, there is little remaining, to publish glad tidings by sea and by land, etc." Brother Frank Altomore arose and asked the brethren to lay hands on Brother Chester, saying, "I feel that he will be healed."
Dear Brother Cadman, what a wonderful spirit was felt, and well do we understand what the Apostle Paul meant when he said, "The gospel is the power of God unto salvation." The brethren helped Brother Chester to a chair, and they anointed him, and thank God we are in harmony here in Lorain. After he was anointed, he arose to his feet and it was as though he had new limbs, to which we are all living witnesses.
Brother Chester met some of the saints the next day, and they wanted to know how he was getting along; he told them that he was feeling fine, and he repeated the words of that old hymn, "How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord."
Being a carpenter and painter by trade, Brother Chester needs his limbs, and he is a happy man for what the Lord has done for him.
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