To the faith healer

FROM: Charles
TO: The guy who performed an impromptu faith healing on my daughter a couple weeks ago

Listen: I know you mean well. You believe yourself to have a gift, a special connection with God, and you wanted to share your power with us. And hey, if Laelia had begun to miraculously grow muscle after you did your thing (she didn’t), I would have been the first person to humble myself and thank you profusely for praying over my daughter.

But I don’t have faith in you. Don’t get me wrong—I absolutely believe that God could miraculously heal my daughter. But I don’t have faith in you.

So why let you do your thing? It was more about humoring you. You seemed so happy when you ran into us at the party, and so happy that you could pray for her. At the time, the experience seemed pretty harmless, if a little uncomfortable, like when an older relative with Alzheimer’s says something nonsensical and you just have to play along. I will say this—you were genuine in your faith. At no point in time did you try to hustle us or get us to buy a watch.

But you know what? The more I think about it, the less harmless the whole experience feels. When someone wants to heal Laelia, unless he or she is very careful, a number of things will get communicated to her, regardless of intention. Things like:

  • Your life has been leading up to this moment—an encouter with ME!
  • You have been incomplete before now. Now that you’re healed, God can actually use you for something important.
  • I guess your parents don’t love you very much—otherwise they would have taken you to see me a long time ago.
  • If you don’t heal after this, it’s because you’re doing something wrong.

I suppose Laelia’s not getting these messages yet, seeing as how she’s not quite 1. But she’s only going to get older and smarter, and folks like you will still be out there. God has a wonderful plan for my daughter’s life. He may heal her in this life, and He may wait to heal her in the next. But don’t go telling Laelia what God’s plan is for her life when you clearly don’t know.

That’s why, the next time you ask to faith-heal my daughter, I’m just coldcocking you, no questions asked. Fair warning.

2 Responses to “To the faith healer”

  1. Amy says:

    AMEN!! Way to go, dad!!

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