What does that mean, really? HEALING.
Is it from one ailment? Good enough to function? Or am I praying for truly a complete, transformational healing that changes a life?
Let me back up. Puma has been struggling with her bowels for years. It started when she was about five years old. We suspected food poisoning, and later blood tests showed Hepatitis A, which is generally an indicator of food poisoning. As our pediatrician told us, “you could get it from lettuce in a salad bar”.
Ever since then, she has not been well. After going the Western allopathic route with no positive results, and the weekly visits to the chiropractor that started when she was six years old didn’t resolve the issue, we started working with an acupuncturist when she was around seven. He has an Asyra machine that evaluates the whole body….after three sessions, we were able to get that her body was not tolerating gluten. An answer!
So we cut out gluten – things got better. Then she got hit with Rotavirus last April (2013). Her little body could not recover from that on her own and we ended up with a five-day hospitalization. Little by little she got stronger and added more weight. Things started to improve again – life goes on.
Last September, I start having this nagging suspicion that something is still not right. After the “summer growth spurt” children go through, I see that she is among the “small” ones in her peer group as other girls her age have added inches to their stature. Then Night Owl, who is 2 years and 9 months younger is gaining on her height (he is actually now taller than she is.) I begin to wonder if maybe, just maybe, this gut “thing” is still preventing her from using all the nutrients in her food, and if I will have any regrets if I don’t follow up.
So after talking with Bruss, praying about it, we decide it is time to go the allopathic route again. She does another round of blood work; our pediatrician recommends a naturally-minded GI specialist. We make the appointment and are counting down the days until we take another stab at getting some answers and some kind of solution.
In the meantime, Puma comes down with another virus. It is suspected to be Norovirus. Thank goodness there is no vomiting this time (we know if that happens, we try the Zofran and if Zofran doesn’t work we need to go to the hospital…) – anyway, it’s just a gradual decline into helplessness as I watch our child fall into despair and listlessness and she refuses to eat because she knows it’s just coming right out the other side. I hear her crying every time she is in the bathroom, and one morning she asks me, “Why me – why am I always in the bathroom?”
I remember the lesson she taught me – ask for prayer – plain and simple. I send out an email to our family requesting prayer. The next morning, I have a revelation that I am praying for her to get better. What I really should be praying for is not just for her to get better, but a full, complete HEALING. Entire body well. Entire body functional. Entire.
Why does that scare me? If she is off gluten (and Night Owl is also GF among other allergies), we have the perfect reason to keep wheat out of the house. That crop scares me – it’s primarily GMO, highly processed, and found in all the foods we so conveniently and thankfully keep out of the house. I often say that our children’s allergies are the best thing that ever happened to us – it forced us into whole food eating without a fuss.
If Puma, and Night Owl for that matter, are HEALED, then the food restrictions go away. AWAY. It means that they can eat anything. I had to ask myself if there is pain/pleasure disconnect in my children’s suffering and my desire to have the simple answer, “You know you cannot have that,” and it’s the end of a discussion.
I had to face the reality that if I trust that God is the Supreme Healer, and that He wants the best for us, then I must pray for a complete healing. I have to trust that He can heal, and I have to believe that is the best for our children. He did not design us to be sick and intolerant of his wonderful provision. We are to be healthy, full expressions of His Glory.
I must pray for complete healing, and then change the paradigm for our food choices. We are not going to avoid foods because we have allergies anymore. We will make wise choices that nourish and feed our healthy bodies and souls. All the same rules still apply – the motivation behind our food choices must change to accept that my children can be healed if that is God’s will for our lives.
So I wrote down the prayer that was in my heart – it came to me almost as soon as I had the revelation that I was praying the wrong prayer. Here it is for you to share in communion with me, and join me if you are so inclined, or maybe they will be a blessing to someone you love.
This is my parent’s prayer:
And I also wrote down a version for Puma to keep at her bedside and pray if she wanted to pray for her own healing:
I had an initial gut-check – I have seen the blogs of parents who pray for healing and the answer is a child that is called back to God. Who am I to pray for a complete healing? Can I be so bold? And the answer I get is YES. A resounding YES because I felt called to pray this prayer. I cannot know what the answer is. I just know that I am called to faith and prayer.
So every morning, I start with the Our Father and then this. I trust in all the goodness and the glory of Our Maker.
(P.S. Thanks to some direction from our chiropractor on what she needed to take, and the combined voices of our family joining mine in prayer, Puma woke up the next morning so much better than the day before. By the third day, she was back to what I would call herself. God has already showed me that I just need to have faith.)