by Mary Kretzmann

Years ago, a man wrote to the Healing Prayer Ministry requesting prayers for his island off the coast of Washington State. The weather there is cold, wet and dreary, and it gets even worse in the winter. He said everyone felt depressed and was getting “cabin fever.”

I was new to directing this ministry, which was still quite small back then. I had very little experience in this kind of prayer for a geographic area, but I put it on the prayer list, hoping for the best. About six months later the man visited Ananda Village and said, “Oh! Thank you for praying for my island! Soon after the prayers began someone hung a large photo of Paramhansa Yogananda in the general store, and everyone started doing better! The people who showed the most improvement were those who had previously established some connection with Paramhansa Yogananda through his writings.”

This experience reminded me of the words of Yogananda, “Healing depends on the power of the healer, and the receptivity of the patient.”