Friday, May 14, 2021


‘In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us’ (Romans 8:37).

One day, during that first critical week after my motor cycle accident, when my life hung in the balance, I was trying to read a small New Testament.

It was not easy. With my left arm and left shoulder blade fractured, tubes stuck in my right arm, a huge incision in my abdomen, and my injured spine preventing me from sitting, I had to hold it in my one usable hand, with my body in the only comfortable position I could find, half way between lying on my back and my side.

While I was doing this, a well-built cleaner came into the ward, wielding a powerful floor polishing machine. She was large, healthy and strong.

She must have thought I was using a prayer book, for as she polished her way past my bed, she said, ‘Say one for me, will you?’

It was only afterwards that I realized the irony of this. Here was I at the point of death, humanly speaking. And yet she, apparently in the peak of health, asked me to pray for her!

Who was reigning in life?  (Romans 5:17,21).

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.


As time went on, I did recover (of course!). But another problem developed. My left arm was found to be paralysed at the shoulder. It hung helplessly like a long, distended, uncooked sausage at my side. There was no pain, but I simply had no power to move it.

It was the considered opinion of a group of specialists who examined me that nothing could be done. I would have to accept the fact of a useless arm for the rest of my life. When you are 19 years old, that is not exactly good news!

‘If you had a psychological problem,’ said one physician, ‘your faith would be a great help to you. But you have an organic injury. Faith cannot heal organic injuries.’

I thought I was strong in faith, but I walked out of the surgery feeling shaken.

I wasn’t to be put off, but they were not easy days.

I had read somewhere that David Livingstone once said, ‘Jesus Christ was a gentleman. He was a man of his word.’ If that was true, then I, too, could trust his words. Jesus declared,

`These signs will accompany those who believe. . . they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well’ (Mark 16:17).

My pastor, and others had laid hands on me and so I believed that I would recover.

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.

Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.

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