A Modem Miracle.
West Union, 0., Aug. 15.—Persons acquainted with Mrs H. Clay Cooley, of Manchester, compassionately remember her as an unfortunate, patient, Christian sufferer from that most painful of all afflictions—a weak spine. For ten years past she has been unable to attend ordinary household duties, and only able to hobble around with much pain and labor, with the assistance of braces, crutches, or canes. Her sufferings have, at times, been intense, and to all beholders she seemed a cripple for life. Only a person of great piety could have borne up under what she has foregone without a soured, grumbling disposition, but she has been as bright and earnest and hopeful as if a merciful Providence had only dispensed upon her His choicest blessings. Unable to do anything else, for years past she turned her attention to flower gardening, and as her beautiful, tasty home testifies, she has become an adept in that line. But she has devoted more time and more pains in doing w hat she could for her church. Being a Christian of the most extreme and best type, she has always believed in what her minister called “ the saving power of Jesus Christ,” and never ceased to pray, and pray almost hourly, for the full restoration of her physical powers. This week her prayers have been singularly and completely answered. On Tuesday she told her friends that her pains would soon he over ; that her sound body would once mure be restored, and that the next day she would walk as well as as ever.” “That night,” she says, “I spent in prayer, and prayed as 1 had never before prayed, until about daylight, 4 o’clock a.in. when 1 arose, without effort, and with ii " assistance whatever, only believing that G-id had fully restored me, and went forth with a joyful, thankful heart to spread the good ticlings’of His wondrous love and power.” Since that time; Mrs Cooley has been as well as she ever was in her palmiest days, and suffers no pain whatever. To all intents she is as healthy a woman as there is in Manchester. Is her wonderful recovery a miracle 1 One thing is certain. Tuesday she could not walk ; to-day, without having taken any medicine, or being under any one’s treatment, she walks as well as ever. She does not appear under any excitement or delusion whatever, but takes her recovery, as a matter of course, after God’s sending peaceful assurance that she should again be well. Will some one explain the mystery 1
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 17, 4 November 1879
A Modem Miracle. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 17, 4 November 1879
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