Heath was five when he came to live with us that autumn. 

 

His 20-year-old mom, her boyfriend and another male relative had been evicted from their apartment next door. 

 

Denice asked if we would keep Heath while they lived in their car awhile. Initially, I said “no.” I was afraid of legal ramifications and didn’t want something to happen for which I would be held liable. Yet, as Denice walked out my door, I knew that I had made the wrong decision. 

 

The next six weeks were memorable to say the least. Mark and I added a kindergartener to our family of three. 

 

Nine-month-old Hannah enjoyed Heath’s company and we could tell the feeling was mutual. They crawled after one another and he taught her how to play hide-and-seek. 

 

Things rocked along amazingly smooth until Heath came home from school with a fever. His pale skin seemed more sallow and the circles under his eyes grew deeper. Our own baby had not yet been sick and I wasn’t really sure what to do.

 

Money was especially tight in those days and I knew that Heath wouldn’t be covered under our meager insurance. I wasn’t even sure that I could take him to the doctor since I wasn’t his legal guardian or anything. Desperately, I turned to James 5:14.

 

We were attending a very conservative church at the time and I decided against calling in our deacons for a healing service. The only oil I had in the house was 100% vegetable, but I decided I’d get started as Heath seemed to be getting worse. It was going to be quite some time before Mark got home from work. 

 

My faith in the whole process was pretty shaky – yet, I did believe that God was my only Hope. Desperately, I carried the oil-soaked cloth to Heath’s bedside. 

 

I told Heath that I was concerned about him and was going to be praying for him to get better. He’d been praying with us at meals and bedtime, so he nodded his head weakly as I began to stroke his forehead with the cloth. 

 

The prayer itself was nothing special. I rambled about Heath’s need and claimed some simple verses about God’s power. I stumbled with my words and went they fell flat altogether, I finally opened my eyes. 

 

Heath was looking up at me, waiting as it were for his turn to speak. 

 

I’m gonna be well now, huh?…. I like it when God talks.”

 

 I stared dumbfounded at his simple trust. Then Heath added,

 

You did hear Him, didn’t you? I know I did.

 

As Heath began to get better, I realized that it wasn’t my faith that restored him, but that of a five-year-old. 

 

It was the first of many lessons that I would learn about power being perfected in weakness

 

When have you seen faith blossom in prayer?

 

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psalmthanks

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.
His love endures forever.
He’s touched my heart, like none else could
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

When I am thinking thoughts of me
His love endures forever.
He still works within me secretly
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

When I am fearful of future events
His love endures forever.
When I am at rest in the moment
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

When I am sick with no strength in me
His love endures forever.
He’s blessed me with friends and family
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

When I do not know how to pray
His love endures forever.
He intercedes for me Himself alway
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

He draws me near before the throne
His love endures forever.
He assures me I’m never alone
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

I’m perfect now because of Him
His love endures forever.
In weakness, strength is sourced within
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

His willingness counts me as right
His love endures forever.
Not what I do, or what how I fight
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

May thankfulness be my reply
His love endures forever.
Praise, sacrifice, my battle cry
His love endures forever.

 

Sing praise. Sing praise.
Sing praise. Sing praise.

 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.
His love endures forever.

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