Many of us grew up in that wonderful safe environment, at home, so loved by our mothers. We experience the warmth and words of encouragement that our mother so generously poured out on us, usually on a daily basis.
When we cut ourselves or had a stomachache, she was there ready to comfort us and take the pain away. A mother’s love is powerful, but is it powerful enough to heal?
I remember times when my son, who was then a little boy, would run to me crying.
“Mommy, my head hurts.”
I can still remember their loud screams.
“Mommy, my belly hurts.”
I put my hand on his head or stomach as I visualized and imagined a bright light entering and around him. With the intention of healing or taking away the pain, I prayed that he would feel better.
I don’t remember a time when that method didn’t work. Usually he would relax and within a couple of minutes, with a smile on his face, he was gone. Running to play, I often heard him yell at me
“Thank you mommy.”
There was a time when I had to make what seemed like a close decision. My son, a baby at the time, had a high fever and my husband, in-laws and I were very concerned.
I held him close to my side on my bed and touched his forehead gently. As I imagined the fever cooling down and what was causing it to fade, I prayed.
I kept doing this for what seemed like hours. When she noticed that the fever rose to 40ºC, my mother-in-law got angry and upset.
“You have to take him to the hospital right now.”
Although worried, he knew full well that a hospital could be a dangerous place, especially for a small baby. He had heard stories of children who were given the wrong medication or contracted an infection, whose condition worsened much after their stay. That was not the option he would choose.
His fever came down and we later learned that having a fever was natural, that it often functioned as a healing mechanism.
Sherry Hansen Steiger, author of ‘Miracles of a Mother’s Love’, writes about an experience she had when her six-year-old daughter suffered a blow to her fingers from a car door, which had been closed by her babysitter. his son’s fingers were crushed. But after taking her hand and praying for her son, to the surprise of the doctor, the child’s hand was immediately healed.
“I asked the babysitter to join me in prayer as I placed my hand on Melissa’s crushed fingers. When the doctor returned, he was surprised to see that the girl had healed.” It’s a miracle, “he exclaimed. A miracle.” 1
There are stories of mothers who had strength beyond their imagination as they fought to save their children from carjacking and drowning. There are even documented miracles that her love was strong enough to bring her son out of death’s door.
Posted in Mail Online Health by the Foreign Service, titled “Miraculous Mom brings premature baby back to life, with two hours of loving hugs, after he was pronounced dead.” It tells the story of little Jamie, a twin born to Kate and David Ogg.
After being told that their premature child did not survive the birth, the child was handed over to them to say goodbye. Two hours later, miraculously, the baby still in her arms “began to show signs of life.” 2
The miracles of healing that come from a mother’s love for her children go beyond what we know to be scientifically or medically sound. If there was a formula for a mother’s love and it could be put in a bottle, we would never have to worry about being sick.
1 Miracles of a Mother’s Love, Sherry Hansen Steiger
2 dailymail.co.uk/health article Miracle-premature-baby declared dead revived by the touch of the mother.