Dear Family and Friends,
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power…” Psalm 66:1-2
This verse is from Psalm 66 (you can read the whole Psalm here… http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms%2066&version=NLT)
In the same manner that the Psalm writer shouts out for everyone to gather in close to hear the awesome things that God has done, we too are shouting out to you “Come and see what God has done” and “Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me”.
Some of you know that when our son Nathan was just 2 years old he had been diagnosed with an allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. One night last summer, Nathan came to Jeff crying in a way that was so out of character. As Jeff asked questions to determine what had made him so upset, Nathan explained, “I don’t want my peanut allergy anymore. I want God to take my peanut allergy away.” That night, Jeff helped Nathan pray to God. With simple faith and a sincerity of heart, Nathan cried out, “God, please heal me of my peanut allergy. I don’t want my allergy anymore.” Over the next number of months, Jeff and I along with some of you, echoed Nathan’s prayer, crying out to God, the One who said “I am the God who heals you” (Exodus 15:26)
Last December Nathan when went to the allergy doctor and his “scratch test” came back negative, Dr. Hummel suggested that perhaps Nathan’s allergy was gone. Our hearts were thrilled. In fact, when Dr. Hummel came into the room he said to Jeff and I, “I don’t know what you are doing, but keep it up.” And we did! Nathan was sent that day for a blood test which also came back negative for the peanut allergy.
In order to be cleared from this allergy completely, the Gold Standard is a Peanut Challenge Test at Sick Kids Hospital. It is here, in a controlled environment, that Nathan would eat peanut butter and then a Reese Peanut Butter Cup. This test took place on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and Nathan has been cleared to eat all peanuts and tree nuts. We believe that God heard Nathan’s prayer last summer and that He has healed Nathan of this allergy.
“Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!” Psalm 66:1-3
Our hearts are bursting with thanksgiving to God and we shout out with joy. We call out to you, “Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for Nathan.” (Psalm 66:16)
With triumphant joy,
ps: Now it’s your turn. What story would you share of God’s awesome deeds, of what God has done for you?