My mother delivered the baby shortly after she was admitted to the hospital. After that her body began to mend but during the following years she suffered from periodic seizures that would rob her of her memory and weaken her considerably. And there was no telling when they would hit. Sometimes I Would come home from school and find her in the middle of a horrible seizure. Mom would emerge from these episodes so dazed that she couldn't tell you her name let alone the names of her six children. After a few days, normalcy Would return, but we knew it wouldn't be long until she suffered another seizure.
Years later, a dear friend and prayer partner came over to the house after one of my mother's attacks. This was a woman who was blessed with a kind of immovable faith. "Listen, kids," she told us, "your mother and I are going upstairs, and we are going to shut the door and pray. Don't worry if we don't come down for a while, because we are not coming out until she is healed."
So Mom and her friend staved in that room all day and all night. Then another day and night and another day after that. For three days, they didn't eat a thing as strong cries and petitions went up to heaven. Finally, Mom opened the door and walked out. She never suffered another seizure in her life.
Cymbala, Carol. He's Been Faithful. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan publishing House, 2001, p. 46-47.
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