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

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  • Wojtek Janiuk


    • Andrew Manyevere

      I stand in agreement with Elaine James prayer this day believing God has always found it a joy to answer our prayers. What I do not know is how sincere we empty ourselves before God and how we feel when we do not do sincere job in the face of one who know our needs even before I speak.

      May the faith of God protect us to know what to ask for: forgiveness of our sins. I rejoice to be part of a worldwide faith driven harmony in praising our Lord and master. May God show mercy and keep us blessed for his name sake and for the little attempts in prayer we make earnestly.

      Thank you God for making available your power and Grace even unto the broken hearted unaware of your salvation through intercessory prayers. May your name be glorified for evermore we pray. Amen.

  • PNB

    With God all things are possible. I need to claim that promise for myself and also pray that promise into the lives of members of my family. – Peter Nigel

    • Victoria


    • Evelyn Walcott

      Amen I claim that promise today for my family

  • Esther

    Amen. My prayer too.

  • Derek Morris

    Years ago, when I was a young pastor, I remember reading this account of the miraculous healing of Frances Howland.
    I was reminded once again that nothing is impossible for God. Jer. 32:17
    The greatest miracle of all is a transformed life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    May that miracle continue in each one of us this week!

    Please pray for our Hope Sabbath School team today and tomorrow as we film programs for November and December 2016.

  • Elaine James

    I am impressed to bring before my brethren, united in prayer, the name of a young man, who many more years than I can recall, chose to choose a path away from God our Creator. Today, he is in a semi-comatose state, having suffered a Stroke(CVA), a couple of months ago. Please pray for his mother, his children, and the extended family. Please pray that should our Father decide that a recovery will be for His and mother’s benefit, that His will be done. I am confident that God knows what is best, and I also ask for prayer, that the young people that are/have been impacted by his life, will come to accept the Lord of Creation and call Him Lord of their lives.
    This young man’s name is Gregory, he is 41 years old.
    Thank you each one : May you be abundantly blessed.

    • PNB

      I am joining you in prayer for Gregory, his mother, his children and the extended family. God wants all to be united in prayer. This helps us to be in harmony as we seek to be in the center of His will. We have gotten out of sync with the one pulse that beat throughout all creation as it came from the Master’s hand. Sin has distorted our perceptions with its erratic discordant notes, but God calls us back to Him. With Him all things are possible in and through Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Savior. Blessings. – Peter Nigel

    • Justina

      Praying for Gregory. I am a brother with the same name who lost his family based on his choose of a life that was rattled in drug abuse. I maintain close contact with my two nieces and one nephew that were products from his marriage. To this day he has not come back to God. I will join you in prayer for him and family as I do the same for my brother. God remains faithful. May we trust and believe that He can still do anything other than fail. Happy week brothers and sisters. We are nearing home.

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Dear sister Elaine, is anything too hard for the LORD. We are joining you all in one accord upholding brother Gregory to the LORD. May His Holy Will Be done. Please claim 2 Chronicles 7:14 for we all come short of the Glory of God only then healing will take place. Our life is in Gods hands, He gives and takes according to His Holy Will. May we accept His Holy Will in our lives. To God Be The Glory!!!

  • Justina

    God is still in the miracle working business. He continues to perform miracles for my family and I. May we all remain faithful and continue to ask God to increase our faith. What an awesome God we serve.

  • KarenBG

    This is a very timely reminder that God is a God of healing. He is the great physician.

  • Mthokozisi Ngwenya

    Amen friends to God be the Glory for Answering our prayers, and we continue praying for his strength as pray for Rwanda campaign

  • Caleb

    And Amen, powerful testimony, Our God who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand is still performing miracles all over the world especially when I wake up every morning and find that I’m still alive, that is the greatest miracle for a sinner like me. The greatest miracle is when a sinner repent from his/her sins and return back to God, we need not to give up now, regardless of the extent of your ‘sickness’, continue to believe in God and have faith that he will answer your prayers and heal the sick according to His will. Praise be to the name of God.

  • Rosalia

    Amen, anywhere with Jesus we can safely go

  • Priscilla

    may God help us to have faith in his promises i join you in prayer for the young man Gregory, also asking for your prayers for my children to come back to the fold before its too late. i believe GOD HEARS,

  • Akudo

    Wow! I am encouraged once again. With God all things are possible indeed. Thank you Jesus for fulfilling your promise then and still fulfilling it now. Blessed be your Holy Name forever, Amen!