For many years, I have been empowered by the leper’s prayer to Jesus…

“If you choose, you can make me clean.”

I have been so moved by it that I included it as Saturday’s Sunrise Opening Verse in The Vitruvian Man’s Book of Hours

“A leper came to Jesus and said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’  Jesus smiled, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose.  Be made clean!’  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was made clean.”

“The Leper” by Ron DiCianni

The verse became even more important to me when I encountered physical challenges two years ago.  As I light candles for friends facing difficulties in their lives, I say that prayer as I apply the flame to the wick, “Lord Jesus, please choose to make my friend clean.”  Ron DiCianni’s painting hangs on my bedroom wall.  It is the first thing I see every morning, and the last thing every night

Those things said, from the day I learned I had stage IV, incurable cancer in September 2022, I believed Jesus chose to make me clean.  I openly told friends and family, “The doctors may not know it yet, but they will learn that God has chosen to make me clean.”

You see, as John writes in his Gospel, “If you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.”  I take God at his word.  He doesn’t give me three wishes nor does he say I am limited to what I can ask him or how many times a day I can do it.  Jesus simply says ask anything of the Father in my name and he will do it.

Nearly two years after discovering my condition, this was an important week for me:  I had my annual VA physical on Tuesday, and I met with my oncology staff on Thursday morning for the first time in six months.  I believed this week would reveal the tale of the tape.  I was not disappointed.  The VA staff was extraordinarily pleased with my lab results and my physical condition.  Yesterday morning, my oncologist stated my labs are the best labs he’s seen in a long time.  My PSA barely registers at 0.06.  I remain in remission

In my mind, this is validation… God has chosen to make me clean.  I placed myself in his hands, and he gave me the strength to bear the challenge of chemotherapy and a heavy, aggressive drug protocol.  Jesus chose to make me clean.

Jesus tells us, “Ask and you will receive.”  I believed what he told me, and I was not afraid to ask.  He chose to make me clean so other people facing challenges in life will not be afraid to ask because their prayers will be answered.  Look no further.  I am proof, and I am not afraid to proclaim it.

Mitakuye Oyasin

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  1. Thanks for the wonderful news, Gene !! We’re So Grateful for the Grace and Blessings that have “made YOU clean” !! Our Prayers for You continue, and we’re tucking in Lots of Love and Hugs for You, and to share with ALL YOUR WONDERFUL LOVING FAMILY !!
    Love, Bette and Ernie

  2. Wonderful testimony. I will be passing this on to others. Praise God!