Woke up this morning (cue – song!) without my alarm (left it in Surrey yesterday), took the precaution of asking a friend to phone me at 7.30a.m. in time for brekky. Woke before it: slept well. God’s good! For me to sleep well is quite a miracle, if you aren’t aware of my sleep patterns – haven’t slept well since I was 12!
Going into breakfast, always a lovely experience in this community, I met Tom, one of the loveliest men you could ever meet, on my way into the Dining Room. He was smiling: last night, his wife, Jo, came up for prayer, in particular for the hearing of her left ear. Tom had his hand on one shoulder, my hand on the other. I heard myself say, ‘By the morning you’ll wake, hearing’…. one of those ‘ooerr’ moments when God bypasses my mind and shoves words out that I hadn’t had time to process.
Jo can hear this morning!!! What’s more, Tom, who was also deaf with a hearing aid in HIS left ear, took his out when he was at home – now can’t find it, but can hear perfectly… he’s grinning from er to ear! Sometime,s you know friends, you don’t even NEED to pray
Anca, a young lady with pretty severe back pain, prayed for last night (two discs/vertebra out of position) – no pain today. It was a privilege, too, to pray for the Catholic priest, Father Richard, who is Chaplain to this community. John, who was healed with a hug last, told me that Fr Richard had said (of me!!) ‘What a wonderful man!’ I’ve not reported that as a ‘boast’ (personally, I think he must have problems with his discernment!!!), and came up for prayer. Both the comment, and being prayed for, is NOT something Fr Richard would ever do… I feel very humbled and honoured to be the bloke who he came to.
I was thinking as I went off to sleep last night, that, though the Rhinos had had a great time in France, we missed HOD: I’m the most blessed, because I came to have both, in the same week!