Being healed from a broken back
On April 12th 1986 something happened to me that reset the course of my life. I was looking at quite a bleak, painful future and suddenly a change happened, wiping that gloomy prospect away
It’s a story of a miraculous healing from a severe physical injury for which I have medical and police documents describing the events that led to the incident causing the injury, the damage to my spine, the operation that was proposed to help stabilise the damage and the sudden healing that meant the operation was never carried out and how I returned to work in full health. For three decades now I have been living without any sign of the damage and no recurrence of the pain or other physical symptoms.
To tell the story I need to go back to August 3rd 1983. I was a Police Officer serving in Derby at the Peartree Police Station....
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Supporting files (sorry, some are large I'll sort that out given time):
Police telex about the accident
Surgeon's letter describing the injury
Medical report outlines treatment
GP's card with "miraculous' comment
Back to work report
Simple stuff with great symbolism which leads to a serious challenge for those who take the Bible with any degree of seriousness.
I've been thinking a lot about that recently and here's my (half baked?) ideas.
What links the Bread of Life to the House of Bread to challenge those who live without hunger?
Bread is not the most straight forward food to produce. The whole process of planting, waiting, harvesting, milling, mixing, kneading and baking is hardly self evident. Yet, over millennia it has become a basic food worldwide in all sorts of forms. (click to continue in pdf format)
I go to church
It's not because I'm religious that I just go to church it's because, as a Christian, I enjoy meeting with other followers of Jesus and I find that a church is a useful way of us organising what we want to do as Jesus' people in our wider community.
I am part of the church. Church is not just a building. A church is the people who attend and make up the community based at the building. Along with all the other church groups doing stuff a bit differently, we're all "The Church".
The local church I'm most associated with currently is Aldridge Methodist Church.
But I often speak and take services elsewhere and attend other church services.
I'm also involved in a project in Aldridge where people from different church groups meet once a month to worship and share together with a speaker and lots of homemade cake and coffee.
It's called The Filling Station and it has a facebook page here.
Thoughts on the path
The soil of the path across a field is no less fertile than where the crops grow - it's just been trodden on and walked all over. The seed that's thrown there is easily eaten by birds as Jesus told in his story about a farmer.
What can we learn about how our message of Good News is heard by people whose lives, like the path, have been walked all over?
Grotto of the Sleeping Disciples - Gethsemane, Jerusalem