In 1979, we began to suspect that my father might have cancer. Doctors ordered an operation to confirm the diagnosis. The night before surgery, my father told our family that while he was praying that morning, the Blessed Mother came to him and told him "Don't worry - everything will be alright." I assumed my father was just suffering confusion caused by the powerful medication.
After the surgery, doctors informed us that my father did have cancer. He would have three to six months to live. Chemotherapy was suggested but my father decided against this.
It is now eleven years later and he is still with us. With no trace of cancer. I have to believe that the Blessed Mother really did bring assurance of God's healing to my father. The day of my Father's operation, I wanted to believe what he said he experienced, but I was too afraid. It seemed impossible. I have come to learn that's how it is with Jesus' love. It is so immense that it seems impossible. But it's not! Thank you Jesus, for your love and the gift of your life.
At time of writing, a Parishioner of St. Columban Church, Birmingham, MI
St. Columban merged in 2013 with St. Alan Church to become Christ Our Light Church of Birmingham, MI
Editor's commentary: This website now has over 50 God Stories from people that one of our editors knows here in Southeast Michigan . When we started in 2011, we thought we might be able to collect about 12. We thought that God Stories were fairly rare. But the more we ask people whether they've had such an experience, the more stories we find. It seems that the reason we don't hear more stories of God's intervention is for the reason given by George above: he was too afraid to mention it. Afraid people would think he's crazy. He even thought that about his own father, who he'd known all his life.
It is beginning to appear that God's involvement in the lives of real people today is not rare at all, just a taboo subject.
Note: George attributes his father's healing to God, not to God's spokesperson, Mary. That is the Biblically accurate interpretation.
How WTNESS.ORG found out about this story: George Goike wrote this story for the St. Columban Voice, the church bulletin, in 1990. Bill Griffin, a regular contributor to this site, attended St. Columban in 1990, and retained a copy of that bulletin until WTNESS.ORG went live.