The Miracle Worker
Aimee Semple McPherson was the one of the most extraordinary faith healers who has ever lived. The blind, the deaf, the crippled and the lame all testified of being healed in her crusades. At the peak of her career, in the 1920’s, she was drawing crowds bigger than the President of the United States. One quarter of the population of Los Angeles was attending services in her church, Angeles Temple.
A Short Excerpt:
Aimee Semple McPherson struggled to light her calcium carbide lamp.. Horses clomped by in the Florida mud. Wagons hauled supplies. Voices cried out – as the men erected a row of sleeping tents.
Aimee’s husband, Harold, usually wired a string of electric bulbs across the top of the structures where they preached, but there was no power here. This lamp never wanted to light. Harold moved towards her, as the handful of worshippers at the alter mumbled unintelligible sounds, characteristic of the revival tent meetings during World War I.
Aimee didn’t want to admit that she couldn’t light the lamp. She gave it one last try. And suddenly - the lamp exploded in her face – sending flames a foot high into the air - singeing her hair, her eyebrows and eyelashes.
Harold managed to put out the flames with a woolen blanket, and he pushed her head down into a barrel of rain water. Her pride hurt worse than her face.
The crowd was filling the tabernacle for the evening meeting. When she turned to face them everyone gasped. She realized she must be quite a sight. As she slowly crawled up to the platform her skin was stretched so tight across her mouth that she could barely speak. She cried out for God to heal her.
Harold noticed her skin beginning to change color - the blisters were beginning to disappear. Could it be? He moved closer towards her to make sure. Yes – the blisters were gone! Aimee’s face had been completely restored.
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