Pressured to Believe

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After my mother’s multiple sclerosis (MS) crippled her to the point of dependency on a wheelchair, one of the things she desired was supernatural healing. My father shared his plight with a few of his customers (he owned a retail business) and came upon one with advice. She told him about Kathryn Kuhlman, a spiritual healer whose tour would bring her to our city soon.

The idea of spiritual healing brought hope to my mother—and my father, too—so they attended Kuhlman’s service. My sister and I went along for the ride. The service felt a little eerie to me. Kuhlman would announce that someone was suffering from a certain ailment, then that person would walk up front. Kathryn Kuhlman would touch them, and they would fall backward. They were proclaimed “healed.”  Whether they really were or not, I don’t know. I prayed that it wouldn’t happen to me. Not that I had an ailment, but I didn’t want the Holy Spirit to call me up front while everyone watched. I never asked my mother, but I think she felt the same way.

As it turned out, my father noticed that both his arthritis and ulcer were gone the next day. He was healed. He developed a sincere love for God ever since that day.  My parents went to about five or six of her services, but my mother was never healed. My father belittled her saying, “You don’t have enough faith.” Maybe that was true, maybe not.

Dad’s accusations grew harsher as time passed. Mom wanted to walk away from him, but she couldn’t walk. I am grateful that God healed my dad of some of his difficulties. I wish his response had not been to heap more difficulty on top of my mom.

 

Questions for Thought

Do you think people always suffer diseases as a result of their own sin? What would you do if you saw a healthy parent treat their ill spouse as though their disease would go away if only they had the right form of faith?

Post By Peggy McKinnon (3 Posts)

Peggy has worked in the healthcare industry for 38 years, yet has gained her greatest insight into aging, illness, and the benefit of nursing homes as a caregiver for her mother, who lived with multiple sclerosis for over 40 years. Now a grandmother herself, Peggy is furthering the conversation about the challenges and joys of caring for loved ones—and how nursing homes can help. Challenged by a professor to write for publication, Peggy published her first article in 2010 and her mother’s memoir, Life in the Slow Lane, in 2017. She learns daily from her writing coach and is currently writing her own book, which will tell the triumphal story of her mother’s struggle with MS, from a daughter’s perspective. Peggy and her husband Steve live in Florida with their dog Kaci. She can be reached at misurpa@gmail.com or twitter, LifeintheSlowLane

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