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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Restoring Health through Medicine and Prayer -HIRD
By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird
In December 1980, I lost my voice for eighteen months due to
Spasmodic Dysphonia. My GP told me that
I would never preach again. My
father-in-law the Rev Dave Cline, at the time, was the Order of St Luke the Physician (OSL) Warden for BC and
Yukon. Desperation led me to join OSL
where I devoured every book that I could find on healing. I particularly appreciated the insights I
gained from filling out the OSL study guide on Jesus’ healing miracles. Later I even became an OSL Chaplain. On May 25th 1982, I had successful throat
surgery and was able to speak again.
During the surgery, I had a twenty-four hour prayer vigil. Healing prayer and healing medicine belong
together. Every three months, I have
Botox treatments that help maintain my voice.
Every time I preach is a miracle. My goal is to be like the tenth leper who
came back and gave thanks. During the
eighteen months of voice loss, I read sixty books on speaking and writing. God birthed a passion for writing and
communication during my darkest time. I
realized that even without a voice, I still had much to say. My ‘voice’, particularly about healing and
wholeness, was meant to be heard. Since
that time, I have written over four hundred and fifty newspaper articles and have
recently published my sequel book ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’ on
Titus. Many people don’t realize that
the book of Titus is Paul’s health instruction manual to unhealthy
pirates. The book of Titus gives us the
keys to healthy churches, healthy families and healthy lives. Paul’s key emphasis to Titus again and again
was holistic health/soundness: healthy faith, healthy doctrine, healthy love,
and healthy endurance. Health for Paul
was not just physical. Paul insisted on
health in every area of Titus’s life as he impacted the Cretans. The very Greek word for both health and
soundness is ‘hygiaino’ ὑγιαίνω from which we get the modern term
‘hygiene’. Many people do not realize
that soundness and health are the same biblical concept. When a heart is healthy, the doctor says that
it is sound. The book of Titus was not
merely about healthy/sound doctrine.
Health for Paul was holistic, embracing our whole life in body, mind and
Over the years, I learned that the healing ministry needs to
be integrated into regular Sunday morning worship, not just put in a midweek
corner for the few. I will never forget
the night that Lee Grady, former Editor of Charisma Magazine, prophesied about
St. Simon’s North Vancouver being a well-spring of healing with healing teams
being raised up for body, soul and spirit restoration. Every worship service at St. Simon’s, whether
traditional or contemporary, has a team ready to pray for healing. Keith Bird, OSL Canada editor, said that
Restoring Health “presents to us ‘modern-day pirates’ a challenge for becoming
whole in body, mind and spirit. I didn’t
want to put it down.” Imagine how
wellsprings of holistic healing, Titus communities throughout Canada, might
revolutionize our toxic Canadian pirate culture.