I cried myself to sleep the day I learned my mother had cancer. Would she suffer? Would she die? She'd already been through enough emotional trauma and heartache in the previous year, I couldn't bear the thought of my sweet mother suffering physical pain as well.
In the hospital, after surgery to remove a good portion of the affected organ, her pain was deep, severe, debilitating. My sister and I could only watch helplessly as she suffered. We sat by her bed and prayed through the long night.
The next day when her pain hadn't lessened, the overworked and exhausted nurses were unable to do anything to relieve her pain. The medications didn't help and her pain grew more severe. My sister and I felt more helpless than ever.
That afternoon my mom had a special visitor. The hospital chaplain came to visit and she just happened to be a Catholic nun. Though the circumstances were heavy with worry and fear, I was still delighted to meet her since I've always had a fascination with nuns.
Nuns, to me, epitomize the love of Jesus. Their selfless love for others, their lifetime of ministry - it's something I greatly admire. But, as I was about to find out, there was something more to this gentle servant of God.
Beginning at her feet the nun prayed over every inch of my mother with gentle hands that moved swiftly back and forth, hovering about two inches above my mother's body - never once physically touching her. She prayed for healing and grace, and for my mother's release from pain. Though I could feel the love in the room, I had no idea I was witnessing a miracle. Twenty-four hours after her cancer surgery, my mother had no need for anything stronger than a Tylenol.
Jesus used the nun to perform a miracle - a miracle that not only healed my mother's body, but also filled her with the faith and fortitude to get through some even rockier times that were in her future.
Suzie Johnson (writing as Susan Diane Johnson) and her husband are the parents of a son who lives much too far away. Suzie’s debut novel, No Substitute, a contemporary inspirational romance, will be released by White Rose Press on November 30, 2012. Suzie is a regular contributor at Inkwell Inspirations. You can visit her at the following places: