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I Was the Victim of a Drive-By Faith Healing

Last Thursday, I went to the first Brisbane Travel Massive event of the year. It was good fun, as usual, and I even got to meet a few bloggers like Jade from OurOyster.com and Emma Makepeace.

I had a very obvious conversation starter as well — my giant leg brace for my broken leg. Yes, I know I mentioned that the specialist said I don’t have to wear it anymore, but it’s so much less painful when I do that I’ve been wearing it regularly. What I didn’t expect was for it to spark an extremely odd conversation on the way back to my car. Sure, people on the street have made comments to me recently, either commiserating about a recent knee injury of their own or just telling me they’re sorry because it really doesn’t look like any fun. However, I was walking with a friend (Kirsty, the organiser of the event) and I really didn’t have to go very far at all.

At Travel Massive

My leg brace & me hanging out at Travel Massive.

As I hobbled down the stairs into the King George Square parking lot — grabbing the handrail with one hand and using a crutch in the other, trying not to slip on the slightly damp stairs — three girls came charging down the stairs after us. I pulled to the side of a landing in an attempt to let them get by, only to realise that they were actually chasing after me.

“Hi! We’re from the church down the road and we’ve seen miracles happen through prayer, like this one guy that was blind wasn’t blind anymore after we prayed for him!” one of the girls breathlessly told me. “We were wondering if it would be ok for us to pray for you so you know, you can be healed and walk normally again?”

“Uhhh…ummm…” I stammered, not really sure what to make of this request. Thinking that they just wanted my permission to bring me up in their next prayer circle, I figured, why not? So I agreed.

“So what exactly did you do to your leg?” the ringleader asked.

“It’s broken. I fractured the top of my tibia.” I answered.

Looking at my knee, she said, “Oh, so it’s hurt around here then?” pointing roughly at the right area.

When I indicated that she was correct, all three of the girls knelt down, put their hands on my knee, and started praying. “Jesus Christ, please bless Kristin today and allow her to recover from the fracture in her leg so she can walk again. Please, Jesus, we ask that you instantaneously heal this girl.”

Praying Hands

Prayer instantaneously heals?

All the while, I was standing on one leg, still holding on to the railing and a crutch. Kirsty, holding the other crutch and standing a few stairs down, was studiously examining the bricks in the wall, trying to keep it together. I am so glad she didn’t look at me because I was having a hard enough time trying to keep a straight face. Thankfully they were too busy staring at my leg to pay attention to me!

Finishing their prayers, the three got back to their feet and asked if my knee felt any better.

“I can’t really tell because of the brace,” I answered.

“Can you bend it at all now?” one asked.

“No, that’s what the brace is for,” I replied.

“Oh, ok, well in that case, we’ll just pray one more time for you. Every time we pray, it makes the injury a little bit better.”

With that, they all went back to their knees, put their hands back on my knee, and resumed praying. This time, I couldn’t keep a straight face and started laughing — and it was probably even louder because of how hard I was trying to keep it in. I couldn’t stop, as much as I desperately wanted to. All three girls looked up at me with a hurt expression, so I explained that I thought it was funny that I was standing on one leg in a stairwell and that it was getting a bit difficult to stand. That seemed to make perfect sense to them because, once Kirsty handed me my other crutch, they continued.

I managed to keep my laughing to a minimum and they eventually regained their feet. The ringleader explained to me with wide eyes and a very serious expression that once I got home, if I took off the knee brace and tried to walk around, that I would be healed and able to walk normally once more. Then, as quickly as they had arrived, they were gone.

Even though their hearts were in the right place and they were just trying to help, we couldn’t help bursting out laughing once they were gone. What a bizarre thing to happen in the stairwell of a carpark!

And no, when I got home and took off my knee brace, my leg was not healed. Damn!


I’d love to hear about what sort of odd encounters you’ve had with well-meaning strangers on the street!


Photo of me at Travel Massive from Kirsty Wallett. Prayer photo from C Jill Reed on Flickr.

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12 Responses to I Was the Victim of a Drive-By Faith Healing

  1. Jade - Ouroyster.com February 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm Reply

    Sounds like you had some real adventures after I left Travel Massive!! hahaha! This is the funniest thing I have read all day! So… are you able to walk again? Walk on water even?

    • Kristin March 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm Reply

      Haha, yes, we definitely did! Too bad you’ll be off on the islands for the next Travel Massive — who knows what will happen?!

      And sadly, no, there didn’t seem to be much improvement in my walking after that…but the physio did recommend that I start swimming for exercise so I’ll have to report back as to whether I can walk on water! 🙂

  2. Suzy March 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply

    I was waiting for the line, “And my leg was healed!”. Ha! I think I would have been laughing too, especially while on one leg in a stairwell.

    • Kristin March 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm Reply

      Hahaha, someone at work was telling me that I should have flung aside the crutches and yelled, “I’m healed!” I didn’t think of that at the time and probably would have felt very bad doing it because they really did mean well!

  3. Lauren March 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Big kudos to you for holding back your laughter. I love that they chased you down and force-healed you, then were confident that a miracle had been performed. Great story!

    • Kristin March 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply

      Thanks! I really did try to hold it back for as long as possible. They really were quite confident that I’d been healed, especially because they’d apparently previously healed the blind man!

  4. Rob Dawson March 8, 2012 at 6:47 am Reply

    I put together some of my thoughts on prayer on my blog: Thoughts on Prayer

  5. Douglas Allchin June 30, 2012 at 1:51 am Reply

    I’ve had a number of encounters with well-meaning (but distinctly odd) Christian types.. One was where I was button-holed at some length by a middle aged guy who knocked on my doorstep and started telling me how he had found faith after his sister had broken her arm, his mum had developed cancer his cousin had lost her job.. and.. all sorts of stuff. He said what did I think all this had made him think? When I said that it made me think God really had it in for his family he looked both stunned and offended, and said ‘on the contrary, I am humbled that God took time out to test me and allow me to affirm my faith!’.. I was, for once, speechless!

    The other incident was when a very fervent hymn singing lady of the Black Pentecostal Church persuasion grabbed me and started to tell me how ‘she had been saved by Jesus’.. in doing so she stepped back off the sidewalk (pavement) and only my grabbing her and pulling her back to me prevented her being struck my a delivery truck. ‘Well then, I said cheerily, now you’ve been saved by Doug, too, so who’s a lucky girl?’ 🙂

    • Kristin July 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

      Definitely good to hear that the lady didn’t get hit by a delivery truck! I certainly don’t mind other people being devoutly religious. It can be frustrating when they don’t understand why I am not and try to force their religion on me, but I usually try to wriggle out of it without trying to cause offence. I just couldn’t help but laugh at this incident though — it was so bizarre.

  6. Vince March 25, 2013 at 5:32 am Reply

    HI Kristin,

    The exact same thing happened to me in Southbank.

    I had a vein pop out of my leg all of a sudden while on holidays in America (it’s basically a humongous varicose vein) and since then I’ve been wearing this compression stocking on on leg.

    When I walk around a lot the vein hurts sometimes so I have to walk with limp.

    I was sitting down rubbing my leg when all of a sudden a group of skateboarding youngsters with a middle-aged couple approached me and said, don’t be afraid. We’re from this church blah blah blah and started asking me questions about how I injured my leg and asked if they could pray over me.

    I just said yeah sure and they prayed over it and asked if it felt any better. I didn’t want to spoil their mood so I just said yeah the stinging went away.

    I was brought up a Baptist but have since abandoned religion in search of my own personal truth but that actually felt nice for a little while, then it just felt silly to me when I got home.


  7. Paul March 29, 2013 at 4:29 am Reply

    Faith healing does work “Itis done unto you as you believe”. The creative intelligence of the universe which grows the seed, healsthe cut on your skin will respond and make manifest that which you desire to experience.
    Your thoughts fall down into subjectivity and are operated on by your subconscious mind “God”. There is a field of infinite intelligence working through everything however some people live their lives focusing on the outer thinking that seeing is believing when it’s actuallythe other way around.

    • Kristin April 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comment Paul. I don’t want to get into discussions of faith on this blog and I mainly shared this as an entertaining tale more than anything.

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