Tag: Praise

Thank the Lord Always: Blessed be His Name!

Photo by Melanie Reyes

Dearly Beloved,

Beloved of God, and beloved of us at Renewal Ministries. We are constantly being overwhelmed by your faithful support—some of you from way back in 1981!! When I sign the thank you letters, I am deeply moved and thank God for you.

Many of you probably have heard the song Blessed Be Your Name. I love it and even convinced one of my daughters, Catherine, to have it sung at her wedding! Here are the lyrics, which are really worth meditating on:

Blessed Be Your Name

(Written by Matt and Beth Redman, sung by Tree63)

Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
When the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing you pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s all as it should be
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name . . .

All the words are very meaningful, but the line “Every blessing you pour out I’ll turn back to praise,” is one I think of often. It makes me realize that I am surrounded by blessings, both of the positive and negative sort, and I so often forget to turn back these blessings to the Lord in praise.

Even the most ordinary things of our everyday life are blessings. Are we alive? It is a blessing. Praise You, Lord! Do we have our daily bread? It is a blessing. Praise You, Lord! Are we Christian? An amazing blessing. Praise You, Lord! Have we just returned from driving our car and didn’t get in an accident? Praise You, Lord! Have we just run into a troubling circumstance? Praise You, Lord, for You will give me the grace to handle it and the wisdom to know what to do and the grace to trust You in the midst of it! Are we in physical pain? Praise You, Lord, for letting me participate in Your suffering and letting me join with You in offering my suffering with You for reparation of my sins and the sins of the whole world!

I am living in gratitude and praise much more now after being struck so deeply by that phrase of this wonderful song. May you do so also!

Jesus Does Still Heal!

Gathering 2016_Larry Yelinek
Larry and Sharon Yelinek (front row) at the Renewal Ministries’ Gathering.

At the 2016 Renewal Ministries’ Gathering, long-time supporter Larry Yelinek, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, experienced a tremendous healing of his hip. He writes about the experience below:

In the spring of 2013, my right hip started to become painful, and by the summer I noticed my right foot was turning in. The discomfort in my right leg increased throughout the summer and into the fall of 2014.

I told my primary care doctor, Dr. Catherine Foster of the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about my problem with my right hip and leg. I thought it was a pulled groin muscle. She sent me to the hospital’s pain clinic. After that examination, she sent me to an orthopedist, Dr. Bruce Miller. He said I would need a hip replacement in the future. The next year, I continued to struggle with the pain but still didn’t want to have surgery.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Miller told me during a routine appointment that I would need to lose twenty pounds in order to have hip surgery. The day I lost twenty pounds, I called for an appointment and was scheduled to see a doctor on May 3, 2016. At that time, the pain level was almost always at a nine.

Then, at the Renewal Ministries Gathering in mid-April, everything changed. Fr. Mathias Thelen prayed for healing for everyone attending the conference. He told anyone who experienced their pain decrease by eighty percent to stand up and come to the podium. My pain decreased by forty to sixty percent. Then—my goodness!—I felt more heat in my leg, and after that I felt that I had reached the eighty percent.

I walked to the podium, about twenty feet away, without my cane. Fr. Mathias asked what was happening, and I told him that my right hip was healed. We praised Jesus together. Then, while Peter Williamson and I stood together proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, I realized my right arm was straight up. I had not been able to lift my right arm for three to four months.

My appointment regarding the hip replacement surgery I had believed was imminent and necessary came just over two weeks later, on May 3, 2016. At that time, I received news from Dr. Jeffrey Osworth that I am no longer a candidate for hip replacement surgery, because I don’t need it! What is also amazing is the doctor believes in miracles!

Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! Glory be to Christ Jesus! AMEN!

Additionally, my right foot is now straight. It’s not turning inward, I don’t need to use a cane, and I don’t need pain medicines. Hallelujah!

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 Renewal Ministries’ newsletter.