The Bell Ringer
It was a sunny, cold afternoon and I was at the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. A woman volunteer in a wheelchair sat at the entrance to the store ringing her Salvation Army bell as a blur of humanity passed before her eyes. A handful of coins plinked in her bucket. The bell rang again.
At the end of my workday, I breezed through Safeway and quickly found a roasted chicken and a bag of coffee. The woman who ground my coffee asked, “Are you ready for Christmas?”
I gave her a smile. “I wish I was ready. Unfortunately, I still have a little more shopping to do.”
I grabbed my coffee and headed to the checkout. I made small talk with the woman at the counter as she scanned my items. People came and went in a hurry, but the lady ringing the bell was still on my mind.
Peter and John went to the temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the temple with them.
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.
Two thousand years later, I was stood before a crippled woman sitting at a gate asking for money. The irony of the situation hit me like a snowball in the face. I took her hand and asked her name, then asked why she was in the wheelchair. She smiled and told me about the problems she had with her hip. She had an injury that couldn’t be repaired surgically and it was too painful for her to stand so she accepted the wheelchair as her fate.
More people came and went from the store. Children dropped their coins in her bucket. She rang the bell and smiled. “Earlier today I prayed with a woman who had a back injury. She was completely healed. Would you like me to pray for you?”
“That would be wonderful,” she said with a cheerful smile.
I placed my hand on her hip. “I command spirits of pain to leave. I command ligaments, muscles, and tendons to be healed in Jesus’ name.” I asked what she felt.
“I can feel something going on in my hip. It feels like tingling.”
I prayed a second time. “Pain I command you to leave. Ligaments, tendons, bones, muscles, and cartilage, be healed in Jesus’ name.” I asked again how she felt.
“I can still feel the tingling, but my pain is much less than it was before.”
I prayed one more time and asked how she felt. “I can’t feel any pain,” she said with a smile.
“Maybe you could get up and see how it feels when you’re standing. I’d like to see you test it out a little bit.” She got up from the wheelchair and shifted her weight from side to side, trying to make the pain come back, but it wouldn’t return. She was healed. With a smile of gratitude, she hugged me.
I spent some time telling her what to expect in the coming days. I encouraged her to resist relying on the wheelchair again and also warned her that the pain might return. “Rebuke the pain and command it to leave. Don’t take it back.” I shared with her about the nature of spiritual warfare and suggested that the enemy may try to convince her she wasn’t healed. “Stand on your healing and believe you are healed.”
Before I left I gave her a big hug and dropped the largest bill I had in her kettle. “Merry Christmas!” She smiled back and rang her bell one more time.
This is an excerpt from the book My Craziest Adventures With God – Volume 1.
You may already know by now, but as someone who has been a secretary for many, many years, proofreading & editing is second nature to me….. You have a typo/extra word in the paragraph immediately following the scripture. Otherwise awesome!
Amazing Chrstmas Gift Straight From The Miracle Maker ~ I hear Bells!! Kindly.Karen
A gateway to beautiful opened up in her life…..Thank you for caring and having eyes to see. She will never be the same.
Thank you for this beautiful testimony! Being out of your mind and in Jesus’ Mind is awesome! Being crazy in Love doing crazy Love stuff in Christ is extraordinarily awesome! Yay God!
Love this story. I stopped to talk to a bell ringer this weekend as I felt perhaps the Lord wanted me to bring encouragement. He had an oxygen tank and nose piece and was seated in the cold. I asked him about the tubes, and he told me he had COPD, but that he “has a relationship with Jesus who is taking care of that”. I was blown away at his response, not at all what I expected, as he became an encouragement to me. God’s funny sometimes, huh? 🙂
Aw, that’s great!
Each time I read these, I am so encouraged and inspired. Testimony is powerful and forwarding to others to do as you have done by obeying Holy Spirit as He leads. I am now finding myself in situations, very similar and finding I am praying for healing and healing is happening. WHOOT!!
It’s amazing to be reading this now. I had kissed our bell ringer right on the head tonight and told her I loved her. We’ve gotten to know each other over the years. Inside of Walmart I immediately saw a worker I knew, bent over and crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said she had a sporadic, intense pain in her foot that traveled up her leg and some other stresses.. I prayed for her and told her if the pain tries to come back, “tell it to go” . I asked the pain level number but she needed someone to listen to her, to just see her, and never told me.
Later I was avoiding the crowds by zipping through the underwear department (Walmart street smarts – I has ’em 😉 and I saw her again. She looked at me and cried out in pain. I’m thinking “This is not the way it’s supposed to go in the teachings I’ve seen”. And I wasn’t too keen about stepping in – me with my arm cane, right ? – I asked her how her foot was and she said it was feeling fine until she saw me. Yikes ! I’ve never had that effect on people before.
I’m a shy person, mostly awkward, I don’t do this much outside of the home. I’ve been practicing on my dog’s lumps, every day but that’s another story and YES it does work for critters too ! This time I bent down and lay hands on her foot while calling everything into perfect alignment and balance, telling the pain to go. Her leg was hot. I read about peoples hands getting hot, signaling a healing anointing but my hands were fine. I told her it felt hot, she agreed. ( did this mean something ? Inflammation ? ) She seemed better but when I asked about the pain she said it comes and goes. She stopped crying. I just talked with her for a little bit and parted ways. The crowds were zeroing in on her blue smock. It was a good night. Merry Christmas family !
PM, every time I visit your website I find an inspiring story, video or other reference that lifts me up and reminds me of God’s love and care for us.
Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this work. You are doing amazing work in inspiring and developing the body of Christ.
Thank you for the feedback. So good to know people are being encouraged. Thanks for dropping by, and have a merry Christmas.
This is the normal Christian life. Thank you for sharing this testimony.
I love this story!!!!!
Beautiful, praying medic. Thank you for sharing; praise God! I’ve really missed the things you share. 🙂 I just read your post on leaving facebook as well, and completely understand. I’ll check out weme. I gotta’ admit, I pray for people more when I read your stories. You’re inspiring and have been a real blessing to my life, PM! I had my own Salvation Army bell ringer interaction. 🙂 I woke up intent on finding some unsuspecting people in town to carol to one day. When we walked into the post office later that day, the mood was stressful. About 15 people were in line in front of us, all with piles of packages, and nobody smiling. This was my chance. My girls and I decided to belt out some carols in perfect harmony. You could see a change in the place like night and day. We sang about 12 carols, even recognizing two people who walked in, but we didn’t stop singing. Most people clapped and a few tried to not look like they were filming us on their phones, lol, but that was fun! I just loved that the mood changed so easily. Then we saw a woman in front of Wal-mart with the red kettle, ringing her bell. We sang till I had no voice left and more people began to give.. ( not a healing story, but yeah!). Bless you and your family, PM! Hope you had a good Christmas!
I can’t wait to read your book!
Praying Medic, who designed your WorkPress page????
It’s the 1140 WordPress template that I modified with a few widgets.