I Have Healed / In a Single Flower I See the Love of God
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June 1, 2020
I Have Healed / In a Single Flower I See the Love of God
Mitsuko / Yasuhiro Taki
I Have Healed
The March healing worship was truly a powerful revelation of the Lord’s healing. We prayed for healing of coronavirus as a matter of first priority, but His healing flowed to all kinds of sickness, pain, sorrow, anxiety and fear.
“May coronavirus be changed to praise,” I prayed, for I believed the virus should be also absorbed into the light of the Lord. If one person believes, His healing goes to the whole Body, even including coronavirus. The fact that we can believe so is the very testimony of the Lord’s miracle. We will be no longer shaken by what we hear or see. Rather we shall rejoice over what the Lord has accomplished through His redeeming work on the cross.
After the worship, while praying for the Lord’s healing on prayer goods, I heard the Lord’s voice saying, “I have healed.” Not specifying when, what or why, His speaking was simple and powerful.
I have healed.
Keep on believing.
In this most disturbing time, when we are in desperate need of solutions, He simply told us to “stand on faith.” Otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:11 ESV)
This scripture was given when I prayed to the Lord to bring an end to coronavirus infections. The answer is this: Believe, recalling what the Lord has done.
The “works” of the Lord denote His healing and loving works for us.
“Believe on account of the works themselves” means to believe through what He did for us in the past, such as what we felt and what we saw with our eyes. The encounter with the Lord itself is the healing, because we recognize that the Lord God does exist and that He is with us. There is nothing more unforgettable than our first love, the overwhelming joy of meeting the Lord.
It is sufficient to remember the joy of the encounter.
The Lord so earnestly desires us to believe. In a critical situation like this, to believe in the Lord is actually the best solution. If we put our wholehearted trust in the Lord, it will surely bring about an actual solution. This is my conviction.
I felt each one in the sanctuary responding to the Lord with the renewed faith confession: “I believe You.” Each confession resonated in the sanctuary, and I witnessed the power of believing in the Lord with one accord.
There were less people in the sanctuary than usual, and all sat scattered, probably because of the ushers’ instruction to sit apart from one another. Nevertheless, I felt the sanctuary overflowing with thick prayers and deep resounding of praise as if it were packed with people.
During the prayer time after the worship, Pastor Peter said, “Complete healing shall be done.”
This must be the time for complete healing to be done. The Lord has already put an end to the coronavirus. The healing was done when our prayer was made one with His prayer.
Back at home, I found a message left in my cell phone: “There is a rainbow over the Church of the Wind!” Tsuyoshi (a staff worker) had sent me beautiful pictures of the rainbow. It was a large double rainbow appearing over the Church of the Wind.
I have healed.
I took it as a sign that this promise of the Lord had been fulfilled.
March 15, 2020, after the healing worship
In a Single Flower I See the Love of God
When I first encounter the Kohitsuji no Mure praises, I discerned how quiet they sounded. I felt as if the praises were piercing warmly and gently into my entire body, filling it with the love of the Lord. In my previous church, which was a type of so-called “go, go!”, we used to sing and pray in a loud voice. The louder our voice was, the deeper our faith seemed. Kohitsuji no Mure was totally opposite. In the quietness of God was the presence of the Lord.
Later, through Mitsuko, Hato praises were given one after another. The praises descended from heaven, and they are to be returned to heaven in our praising, I later learned. I see here is the complete circulation of praise.
The established church’s praises too have the joy of God, but I think they are rather human centered. Therefore, they are different from Hato praises in depth. The Heavenly Praise is mysterious as if heaven and the earth became one. My self disappears, the Lord appears, and the otherworldly peace and healing of God overflows. Indeed, heaven must be such a place.
There are many Hato praises concerning flowers and living things in nature. In a single flower we see the love of the Lord and the joy of Christ. In a bird in the sky as well as an insect we see the love of the Lord. And in everything else we see the love of the Lord. It was so refreshing and such a joy for me to be given such praises. I had been taught that animals had no soul, and they were left aside from the love of the Lord. Not to mention, I had never seen flowers and animals in such eyes of the Lord.
Once there was an American TV drama series called, “Little House on the Prairie,” and one episode was titled, “Fake Pastor.” I think it was a story about a man who was once a criminal and chanced to become a pastor in a village where he stopped by, who was consulted by villagers, and through their exchanges, who became a convert to a good man in the end. In an impressive scene, a girl was crying because her dog had died, and asked him, “Pastor, I will never see my dog.” He responded, “That’s not true. Remember the Ark of Noah? There were many animals in the Ark. God loves animals also. Therefore, your dog is also in it. You will certainly see him again.” Hearing it, the girl began to smile and was uplifted. The man too was healed.
Somehow the scene has long stayed in my heart. Having encountered with Kohitsuji no Mure praises, now I truly understand the meaning of his response. My old self could not have responded like he did. I must have said, “Unfortunately, dogs cannot go to heaven. Only humans can.” Through Hato praises, I was renewed to the love of the Lord which pours into everything created, and I was given the eyes to see a single flower. I am deeply grateful.
There are many praises by which I was healed, especially among them “Kansha Kansha Kansha -Thanks to the Lord-.” Pastor Peter says, “Thanks multiplies. Thanks is shortcut,” and Mitsuko says, “Be grateful when you cannot pray. Be grateful when you cannot give thanks.” Thus, there are many directives of thanksgiving. I am grateful that they are given to us as tangible praises. We can praise when we cannot be thankful. It is so simple that we can sing in our voice. Even when unable to be thankful or pretending to be uplifted, if we sing in our voice, mysteriously the air changes instantly. The heavy air is lifted to be light. It alters the direction to the cross.
Once in a retreat when we sang this praise, Mitsuko said, “Imagine your problem dancing in the praise.” Hearing it, I had an image for my problem to have arms and legs and to be dancing. I felt funny at the humorous image, and my problem left from my sight. It must have gone to the cross. Other times, I had an image for my problem to be swallowed into the whirlpool of a washing machine. My problem turned round and round, and it was swallowed into the machine instantly. Likewise, my problem has been solved. I was grateful.
The praise is truly healing. At the same time, it is a key to receive the blessing of God. It blows off negativity such as doubt, anger, and fear. I like the praise, “Kanshayana,” also. It is somewhat savory, gentle, and filled with the love of the Lord. Praising repeatedly, I become spirited. Although I am alone to give thanks, I believe that one person’s thanksgiving and praise flow into the wounded land and heal the earth and the people. I will continue to give thanks to the Lord however small it may be.
February 5, 2020