Asthma Story


In 1976 or 1977 my wife held a women's Bible Study at our house Wednesday mornings from 10:00 until Noon.

One Wednesday morning just before Noon I went to the local Christian Bookstore, and bought a new study Bible for myself.  I arrived home just as my wife's Bible Study was ending.  As I entered our living room I found one lady sitting on our couch, wheezing as she breathed. I asked her what was wrong, and she wheezed, "Asthma."

I had been attending a local pastor's Bible Study, and the previous session he had taught about 'spiritual points of contact' when praying for healing.  He mentioned the 'laying on of hands', 'anointing with oil', and 'cloths taken from the Apostle Paul and applied to sick people, who were immediately healed.

So, with that topic in mind and a woman sitting on our couch having as asthma attack, I thought, "They didn't have Bibles to carry around 2000 years ago, but what better spiritual point of contact is there than a Bible?  so I handed my new Bible (still in the box) to this lady, told her to give it a hug, and began to recite the first verse of Scripture to pop into my head:

Heb 4:12  For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

I got about half way through reciting that verse when this woman gave a huge exhalation and exclaimed, "It's gone!"

Some years later I saw the movie  'Mrs. Doubtfire', and when they showed a person being given a Heimlich Maneuver to a choking victim I thought, "That's exactly what it looked like when that lady was set free from whatever was causing her asthma attack!

Fifteen years after the event in our living room I ran into that lady at a local bank.  She began to say to me, "I don't know if you remember..." and I said, "I remember it vividly!"  She then told me, "I have not had 'a lick' of asthma since that day."

It's nice to have that feedback years later.