But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. (Malachi 4:2 NRSV)

During the summer, it seemed that everything was going my way," writes Mark Miller. "I'd graduated from college, had married Shirley, and was working in my family's honey business in southern California." Mark and Shirley had big plans, Mark would enter Law School in the fall, and Shirley was expecting their first child the same month. Later that summer something happened one morning. While Mark was jogging, he felt all the strength go out of his body.

He went to the doctor but the doctor couldn't find anything wrong with him. For the next two years Mark would go to the doctors and have every imaginable test run on him. The results were always negative. During this time Mark began to pray along with other members of his family. Shirley read about a hospital in Dallas that had an Environmental Control Unit. For six weeks Mark was tested. Finally the doctor told him, "You've had a breakdown of your immune system."

Things got worse as they moved from one place to another. It seemed that everything made him sick. By the spring of 1980 he reached his lowest point. "Everything is hopeless," Mark wrote in his journal. "I want to die. Why must I suffer on and on and on? God help me please."

His prayer was answered the next summer. "I felt myself lifted on eagles' wings," he wrote. "I seemed to soar beyond the fog and clouds into the clear blue sky." He felt himself healed. "At home," Mark says, "I love being a normal husband and daddy." Mark Miller is alive again after four long hard years. He gives all the credit for his new-found health to God.

Lord Jesus, please bring healing to my body and soul too! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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