Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
John 5:11-13 (King James Version)
Sunday was a small miracle in the grand scheme of things but not so small to me and a miracle none the less. It was a day that I thought would never happen on many levels. One thing that I thought would never happen was get Baptized, but Sunday was my Baptism. Another thing I thought would never happen was walk at my Baptism, and yet I have gone from not walking from for over a year to no longer using my wheelchair at all in the last three weeks.
I’ve been hesitant to talk about my faith here as its a touchy and divisive subject for some, but I figure this is my blog and my faith has become a major part of my life. I share every other aspect of my life here. I would be remiss if I left something so close to my heart out.
But my faith wasn’t always so important to me. I was raised Reform Jewish, and though I was Bat Mitzvahed, Confirmed, and even assistant taught Religious School at my Temple, I never felt connected spiritually to that faith. So in my more recent adult years I’ve been searching for a faith that helped me feel close to God. For a while For a while I was going to the Universalist Unitarian Church in my area, and though I liked the people and the services very much I still didn’t feel that closeness to God that I so desperately needed.
So when Melissa invited me to join her for services at her at our local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I thought it was a long shot but worth at least checking out. I had already learned a lot about being Mormon from her during the time she’s worked for me, and she had suggested I could get a blessing for my health when I went to church with her.
I was totally unprepared for what I experienced; I felt God for the first time in a very tangible way. I knew right in that moment that my search had come to an end. That I had found what I had been searching for. I decided to start investigating the church and taking my Missionary Discussions that I would need in order to covert. My blessing also said that through faith I could be healed. It has been amazing how true that has been.
Over the following week I started feeling better than I had in a long time. I decided to capitalize on the opportunity and try walking again for the first time in over a year. I started with just a few steps. I expected for the recovery process to be slow going. I expected that it would take months to build up enough strength to walk more than a few steps at a time after over a year of being in a wheelchair or bed full time. But I have been praying every night and the improvements to my walking have been exponential! And in just three short weeks, I went from my first steps to ditching my wheelchair completely!
So Sunday I was Baptized, and I walked the whole day – including down the steps into the Baptismal Font and up again. My Dad and his girlfriend Wendy were there which made my very happy. My Mom chose not to attend which was the only sad thing. It was one of the very best days of my life! And with it I have found such peace and happiness the likes of which I had never known. Words cannot describe how grateful I am. It has been such a relief and such a comfort. I truly believe that through faith in Christ I have begun the healing process! And I am so thankful to Him for this and for the closeness I now feel to God. Through Him I have found what I was looking for and more than I could have ever imagined.
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