A guest post written by Anne Hughes
Our granddaughter’s little dog Kriegie lives at our house. Several weeks ago we noticed that she had suddenly stopped using her back legs, so we started to pray for her – as we do for ourselves when we need help. We made her comfortable and looked after her needs, but because she is not our dog we took her to a veterinarian after a couple of days. The vet kindly examined her and concluded that she was paralyzed and had no feeling in her hind legs. He said that a very expensive operation might correct the situation, but he knew that was not an option for our budget and sent us home with some medications. He did say that occasionally pets “miraculously” recover.
I looked at the medications, and one said that it might upset her stomach. She had not been eating very much, so that did not seem like a good option. Another would relax her muscles, but we were counting on her USING her muscles. I put them aside and called a Christian Science practitioner, who agreed to pray along with us for Kriegie.
The word krieg in German means war, and it had always seemed to me to be an odd choice of a name for this joyful, lively Jack Russell terrier, so I looked up the words war and warfare in the Bible and in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, 19th century health researcher and founder of Christian Science. In the Bible I found, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” It comforted me to think of Kriegie as standing strong with us against immobility and limitation. We continued to trust her to God’s care, and Kriegie continued to move about the best she could.
A few days later, I noticed that Kriegie began to wag her tail. Over the next couple of days she struggled to all four feet to move around and was able to go outside again. Shortly after that, to the delight of our granddaughter and her family, Kriegie was dashing about the yard! This is just one of many instances in my life where challenges have been healed by reliance on prayer that is “mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”