A Holy Spirit Story: Edna



Acts1:8 (NIV)

But you will Receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and away to the ends of the earth.


Andy Maxwell is a pastor in Forsyth, Illinois. He reads the Daily Text. He wrote me recently with this Holy Spirit story about one of his parishioners, Edna, who gladly granted her permission to share. The story is told from Andy’s point of view.


Edna is a woman in our church who was told that she needed a serious surgery on her neck as she was beginning to lose the sense of feeling in her hands. She would need a neck fusion which is the same surgery my wife had in April 2021. Edna asked her doctor, “Have you ever successfully done this surgery on a ninety-year-old woman?” When he could not answer in the affirmative she wanted to get a second opinion.

I recommended that she contact my wife’s surgeon who is one of the most highly skilled and respected surgeons in the state of Illinois. We also recommended that she mention my wife’s name as this specialist usually only takes patients that are referred to him by another doctor. She got an appointment within about two weeks which is very unusual, but she did use Lois’s name as a reference.

The second doctor, an orthopedic surgeon my wife and I know, who specializes in neck and back surgery, saw her and told her that she did not need this type of surgery but that she needed to see a neurosurgeon. He made the appointment for her.

The Sunday before that appointment, during our time of prayer, she testified in church of what God had done so far and about her upcoming appointment. She would be seeing the neurosurgeon later that week. I included her along with the other requests that had been made during the prayer time.

As I was walking to the back of the church during the final hymn the Holy Spirit spoke to my wife that we needed to have prayer for Edna. She wrote me a note thinking that she and I would lay hands on her after the service. However, I stopped the service just before the benediction and told the members of the congregation that we needed to pray for Edna. I went back to the front and asked Edna to come forward and invited as many as wanted to come and lay hands on Edna and pray for her. They did.

Edna saw the neurosurgeon who observed her handwriting and other skills and examined the tests he needed to see. Then he told her great news, she did not need surgery, she was just fine. He also told her that she was healthy for a ninety-year-old and she would probably go another ten years. Edna has not had a problem since. That was in June of this year.

Since that time Child Evangelism Fellowship approached her about using her backyard for one of their 5-Day Clubs, which she was happy and honored to host last month. At ninety Edna is fully alive in the Holy Spirit and flourishing in the work of the Lord as he powerfully works in and through her life. 

This is the way—from glory to glory. 


Abba Father, we thank you for Edna and we bless her today in the name of Jesus. We are encouraged by her faith and by this healing story. We are also encouraged by her pastor and the way you led him to mobilize the church in prayer for Edna. What a blessing even to picture it happening. We long for more and more of such faith and sightings of your glory such as these. Holy Spirit, increase our confidence in your working and our courage to step out in faith. And may Edna’s tribe increase!! Praying in Jesus’ name, amen. 


Do you know an Edna? How will you encourage her/him today? Are you an Edna? How do you need to be encouraged? 

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt

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  1. Praise God Edna did not need surgery and is well. Here’s to those ten years being full of health and not in Jesus.
    However I am a little confused as to where to place the story. Miracle, healing, or just a mistaken diagnosis that has turned out well… Still I praise the Lord!
    I think my indecision comes from a lack of detailed facts from the initial diagnosis. Had Edna had a scan that showed she needed a neck fusion? Or was the diagnosis from a GP who had only gone on her symptoms?
    Let me stress I am not denying miracles or healings, not accusing anyone of untruths. But we can let our enthusiasm and desire for such cloud our thinking. We have to check these things out thoroughly.
    Again, God bless Edna, miracle or not, she is safe in his hands. X

    • Just saw my first paragraph has an error. I of course did not mean to type ‘not’ in Jesus. The perils of auto correct struck again.

  2. JD, thank you for this encouraging testimony. During this season of so much skepticism and darkness, we all need to hear of these examples of God’s power still being channeled through his people. O Lord, grant us sufficient grace to glorify your Name!

  3. The flesh and the world says, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
    God says, “Believe and see.”
    John 11:38-40
    Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time, there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

  4. Don’t let me sound facetious, but I’ve come to believe that anytime prayer eases worry, God’s right in the middle of it. I see all the differences noted in the letter, I’m not scoffing. I’ve just to believe everything good comes from God–nowhere else.
    Love you,