A Spring Miracle – By Chantal Klingbeil

Pink spring backgroundSpring is a great time for new beginnings. In the spring of 1845, young Ellen Harmon got to see a wonderful new beginning for her friend Frances.

Eighteen-year-old Ellen was visiting her friend in the little town of Topsham, Maine. Frances Howland was sick with rheumatic fever, which is very painful. Her hands were so badly swollen that you couldn’t see the joints of her fingers. The doctor didn’t seem to be able to do much to help poor Frances.

Ellen, along with some friends and the Howland family, held a special prayer meeting for Frances. “We all knelt in earnest prayer to God in her behalf. We claimed the promise, ‘Ask, and ye shall receive’ John 16:24. The blessing of God attended our prayers, and we had the assurance that God was willing to heal the afflicted one,” Ellen wrote.

Frances was lying in an upstairs room, and as soon as the prayer session ended, Sister Curtis dashed up the stairs. Ellen wrote that “she entered the sickroom with the Spirit of God upon her, and taking the invalid by the hand, said, ‘Sister Frances, in the name of the Lord, arise, and be whole.’ New life shot through the veins of the sick girl, a holy faith took possession of her, and obeying its impulses, she rose from her bed, stood upon her feet, and walked the room, praising God for her recovery. She was soon dressed, and came down into the room where we were assembled, her countenance lighted up with unspeakable joy and gratitude.”

The next morning Frances was feeling so well that she came down to breakfast. For family worship someone decided to read James 5. While he was reading, the doctor came in and without disturbing anyone went upstairs to visit his patient. Not finding her there, he came down into the kitchen where everyone, including Frances, was sitting. He stared at her completely amazed and blurted out, “So Frances is better!”

“The Lord has healed her,” said Mr. Howland. The group continued reading James 5 about the prayer of faith and God healing the sick. The doctor listened with an expression of amazement and disbelief upon his face. After the reading, the doctor made a hurried exit.

For Ellen Harmon, this springtime miracle helped her remember that with God all things are possible!

Chantal Klingbeil is associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate. This story was originally published in the April 2016 issue of the Adventist Review’s KidsView magazine and is reprinted with permission.

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Practical Application: 

Let’s not forget the great God that we serve. He is still able!

“The Saviour is bending over the purchase of His blood, saying with inexpressible tenderness and pity, ‘Wilt thou be made whole?’ He bids you arise in health and peace. Do not wait to feel that you are made whole. Believe His word, and it will be fulfilled. Put your will on the side of Christ. Will to serve Him, and in acting upon His word you will receive strength. Whatever may be the evil practice, the master passion which through long indulgence binds both soul and body, Christ is able and longs to deliver. He will impart life to the soul that is ‘dead in trespasses.’ Ephesians 2:1. He will set free the captive that is held by weakness and misfortune and the chains of sin.” Desire of Ages, p. 203

Dear Heavenly Father, We know it is Your will to heal Your people physically. What we don’t know is the timing. Would it be most for Your glory and honor to heal immediately, gradually over time, or not until the second coming? Whatever Your will is, please help us to accept it. However, we thank You that when we pray for spiritual healing, this is a gift that we can claim confidently NOW! Please grow our faith in You and Your Word. In Jesus Name, amen!

Bible Passages to claim: Ps. 30, Ps. 103