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Open Features: The Miracle Of A Voice

...Last year my birthday fell on a Sunday. It was also Thanksgiving Weekend for Canadians. I was in church that morning and when I saw the hymn we were about to sing I got very excited because it was a favorite of mine. Oh how I wanted to be able to sing it...

Ellie Braun-Haley brings us an uplifting personal story.

My birthday is October 10 and in 2010 it was to be a great day, one where God would visit me and bless me!

Last year my birthday fell on a Sunday. It was also Thanksgiving Weekend for Canadians. I was in church that morning and when I saw the hymn we were about to sing I got very excited because it was a favorite of mine. Oh how I wanted to be able to sing it, but alas, an illness called shingles had affected my voice and for more than nine months I had been unable to sing. I can not begin to tell you how much I missed being able to sing.

When I discovered I had shingles (adult chicken pox), the date was December 12, 2009. Shingles can hit in many places on the body. For me it was on my head just above my left eye. My eyes were both affected and became sensitive to the light. So for three months I was unable to look at a television screen, a computer monitor, or even look at a book. While travelling anywhere my eyes had to be covered, protected from the sun during daylight hours and as protection from oncoming cars in the night. In fact for six weeks my eyes needed to be closed for 16 hours of each day. Even when we had meals I had to wear a hat with a brim to protect my eyes from overhead light.

For some weird reason the shingles also affected my voice. I love singing and at one time was part of a choir. I also enjoyed participating on stage as one of many in musical productions. Since my mother landed in a nursing home I found mom and many of the seniors loved a good sing along and so I gathered up songs of their era and took copies with me to the senior residences. We had singing, laughter and fellowship on a regular basis. Now my voice was gone and I was devastated!

One month later, In early January of 2010 in a special blessing, God gave me a promise. Bit by bit he would restore my health. So week by week I waited hoping for the miracle of complete recovery, knowing it would happen but not knowing when! Slowly my body began healing and by March I could manage to be awake for longer periods. When summer arrived I was still wearing double sunglasses to protect the sensitive eyes. Unfortunately my singing voice had not returned.

Then in church in October on my birthday as I looked at that one particular hymn and ached to sing it I suddenly felt a whisper of warmth in my chest. I held my breath, hoping that this was a sign from God that he was telling me he would give me back my voice this day.

I opened my mouth to sing and this beautiful sound escaped from me, surrounding me and filling me with a great thanksgiving. Tears rolled down my face as I continued singing, hitting every high note and knowing God had kept his promise. My voice had been given back to me and I pumped out the sound with joy and a great thanksgiving.

Later that month I traveled with my husband to Mexico and within three weeks I suddenly noticed the sun sensitivity for my eyes had eased. God continued to be with me and heal my body.

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