One is able to learn of a remarkable healing by God of Donald Jaeger of Florida who was healed in 1992 of Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS (see Note 1 below). You can read of his healing in an article to be found on Francis Macnutt’s website. Don’s testimony in written form is on the Glennon House at All Saints Episcopal church, Winter Park, Florida website. For those who would like to hear Don’s oral testimony given during a Healing Service in audio MP3 form, you will find it on this website.
Instead of spelling out more fully in this article all the factors involved in Don’s healing, I will emphasise just one aspect of his healing that I personally found very helpful. My ears pricked up when I heard him say that he had “delegated his healing to Jesus”. What was it that impressed me so much? I had discovered that Don was good at delegating responsibility.He is one of those rare individuals who is able to recognise a need and then work out an answer to meet that need (see Note 2 below). In business life he saw the need for good educational training, equipment and software and began a company in Florida to develop and market them. He would be the first to say that he is not the most savvy person in the universe about computers or software. Nor was he the most experienced person in the universe on educational matters. However he saw a gap in what was been offered. He then built up a team of those highly skilled in computers and software and others with expertise in education. Having found a solution which would fit the gap he then delegated those with expertise to pursue suitable suppliers, market, install and train the users.
When Don discovered that he had developed Lou Gehrig’s disease (seen by all in the medical field to be a fatal disease) he took seriously the medical findings and opinions of the medical experts. According to their opinions there was no hope offered to Don. He had to look elsewhere. He heard the late Canon Jim Glennon speak in Orlando about God’s healing power and his faith was stimulated to believe that God could do something about his own situation. He knew he could not heal himself. If healing came it had to come from God Himself. So in his words, he “delegated his healing to Jesus.” He took every opportunity to have people pray for him, especially those who had faith to believe that God could do something about his illness. Many people prayed for him. When it seemed that things could not get worse for him, the Lord gave him faith to believe that he was healed. Soon after many medical tests showed two things. One was that he had definitely been afflicted with the disease. The second was that he no longer had it, much to the amazement of medical specialists. He had been healed!
In one sense I should not have been surprised to hear that Don’s healing came as he delegated his healing to Jesus. If Jesus is the Son of God, the Creator and Sustainer of this universe, the Promised Messiah, the Saviour and Redeemer, then nothing can be beyond His love or His power. Indeed even our salvation comes from trusting in what Jesus did for us on the cross. We delegate our forgiveness and our salvation to Him for He is the only One who could achieve them for us. They are ours through our faith in Him.
But we have a part to play in the whole process of Christian living. We have to trust in what God has done for us in Christ. We have to appropriate for our own needs what God has given us in Him in the “all things” which are ours in Him, Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? What Don discovered as he reached out in faith to Christ and asked Him for healing (as he “delegated his healing to Jesus”) was that the miraculous healing he needed was part of the “all things” he was given in Christ.
(Don has been for many years the Director of the Healing Ministry at All Saints Episcopal church, Winter Park Florida. Glennon House is the Centre for that ministry.)
NOTES: 1). A.L.S. stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
2). Don Jaeger is a graduate of the internationally famous “The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania” at Philadelphia. He applied insights learned there in his business and marketing practices.
Blog No.041. Jim Holbeck. Posted on Sunday 18th September 2011.