By William T "Bill" Faris, MPC" Reprinted from my “Gracelets” Newsletter
One of the most unforgettable healing experiences I ever witnessed happened without my knowing it - until it was revealed to me in a surprising interaction after the fact. I describe this healing event as a "hidden healing" in my book, How Healed Do You Want to Be?
On the day this hidden healing took place, I was in charge of hosting a conference of Christian singles at our church. About 100 of us had come together to begin the first morning of the conference with a time of praise and worship. As the music swelled, I was soon caught up in the atmosphere of music, devotion and celebration. There was liberty and joy in that room and, before long, it seemed as if the line between heaven and earth had somehow blurred.
Suddenly, I was struck with an inspiration to try something I had never tried before. Between songs, I went to the microphone and asked everyone in the room to please come to the front platform and stand on the steps that led up to the area where the band was playing their instruments. In only a moment, we had moved from our seats "in the audience" to joining the band as a sort of ad hoc one hundred voice worship choir. We resumed with hearty praise as we sang to the Lord -- our "audience of One". It was awesome!
It wasn't long before I noticed a particularly wonderful female voice coming from somewhere nearby me. It was beautiful, strong and striking indeed. "That voice needs to be on a microphone", I said to myself as I slipped over to quickly consult with the worship leader. He pointed to the open mic and I returned to where I had been standing while the band continued playing and the voices joined together on another song. I gently tapped the young woman with the outstanding voice on the shoulder and she turned to see that it was me who wanted her attention. .
I pointed to the open mic and urged her to please sing into it. She looked a bit stunned at first. When I assured her that I was truly urging her to go up and sing into the mic she made her way there and joined in with the band. As I expected, her rich voice added even more to the beauty and power of that morning's experience.
After the morning session concluded, I was surprised to see the young lady singer making a bee line for me. "You'll never know what this morning meant to me", she said. "Great", I replied in my best pastoral tone. "I'm glad to hear it.".
She looked at me again as tears filled up her eyes. "No, you don't understand.... A few years ago I was a worship leader in my church back home. At the time I was married and had a family. But I made a huge mistake. I had an affair with a married man who led worship at another church." She paused to regain her composure...