Can God still heal today? I have witnessed much healing in my ministry over the years. One amazing healing account happened right here in Connecticut.

Even today, Jesus can choose to heal a person like He did for the blind man in Biblical times as recorded in Mark 8: 22-26 -- They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't even go into the village."

I was attending a Presbyterian church in Connecticut on a Sunday evening to hear a guest speaker. At the end of the service, a woman came to me, and asked me if I was Pastor Teske. When I said that I was, she asked me if I could pray for her eye. She told me that nearly four weeks earlier, while she was walking down the street, all of a sudden, her right eye went dark. She went to the emergency room to have her eye examined and was told that an artery in the back of her eye had ruptured with likely detachment of her retina. After further examination by several ophthalmologists, she was closely monitored for three weeks to see if there would be any improvement. After three weeks, the doctor said they would have to perform a surgical procedure called a vitrectomy and repair the damage. Her surgery was scheduled for that Friday.

I asked her to close her eyes so I could anoint them with oil. I then told her to repeat after me, "Jesus, by your stripes I am healed; I receive my healing; I am thanking you in advance for healing me." I asked her to open her eye and see if there was any improvement. She said, "I would like to say yes, but I still cannot see." I said, "Well, Jesus prayed for a man twice before he could see; let me pray with you again." We repeated the same prayer, and again, I asked her if there was any improvement. She replied, "No, but I believe I am healed." I told her that her eye was going to be healed, and she would not need surgery on Friday. She left truly believing that God had heard her prayer and that she would be healed. She walked away in great faith.

She called me on Tuesday, two days later, and told me that she had gone in to see her physician and that he cancelled the surgery because she had 20/20 vision in her right eye with no detachment. She told him about the healing prayer she had received and that she believed Jesus had healed her eye. Her doctor did not understand how the eye had been corrected by prayer, but he was happy for her that she indeed could see again.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH

41 Easton Road, Westport

203-227-7441 / www.stpaulwestport.or

PASTOR: Rev. Paul Teske (www.paulteske.com and www.hiddenchoices.com)

PROGRAMS: St. Paul Christian School; Alpha -- an opportunity for adults and young adults to explore the meaning of life; Uprising Youth -- "Empowering Students to Lead;" Pioneer Clubs, and membership classes.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: St. Paul's Church supports 18 missions in Bridgeport, Westport and Norwalk and around the globe.