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Head to Toe Healing Puts Man's Life Back Together

Charles discovered a degenerative problem in his spine after a fall, leaving him to battle the pain. Coupled with a sudden eye condition that threatened his independence, he searched for something that would lift his spirits—and found healing. Read Transcript

NARRATOR: In 2013, Charles Lockridge

was sitting down in a chair when it broke.

Feet went up, and I landed on my back.

NARRATOR: The next day, he started

feeling a sharp pain in his back between the shoulder blades.

Just wouldn't go away.

It wouldn't stop.

And it just felt like somebody was jabbing

me all the time or something.

NARRATOR: After battling the pain for a few months,

he went to his doctor who put him in physical therapy.

It helped for a while, but the pain soon came back.

Almost two years later, the pain became more insistent,

and it was starting to become a regular part of my life again.

That's when I went back to the doctor's.

NARRATOR: Surgery was an option, but his doctor first

wanted him to try a more extreme physical therapy regime.

And they sent me off to what's called a back boot

camp, where you specifically work

on strengthening your back.

It's intensive.

NARRATOR: The therapy only gave him temporary relief,

and Charles found it difficult to keep up his normal life.

It impacts your quality of life, because you're in pain,

and being in pain wears you out.

You can't do a lot of the things that you would like to do.

When there's pain involved, you just want relief.

NARRATOR: One morning in 2016, he woke up to another problem.

I could not see out of my left eye.

All I could see was some shapes and just some colors,

and everything would be very, very fuzzy.

NARRATOR: He was diagnosed with Bell's palsy,

a condition that weakens the muscles in the face.

It also left his eye red and swollen.

If my back's messed up, and this is messed up,

and now I can't even see, what am I going to do?

I can't work.

I couldn't make any sense out of it.

NARRATOR: The doctor gave him medication

for his facial muscles, but it would take at least four

to six months for his eye to heal.

CHARLES: They really had nothing for the eye, just a wait

and see at that point.

I just kept praying.

I kept praying.

You know, sometimes my frustration would come out.

And, you know, hey, what's taking so long?

NARRATOR: Two months later, Charles

was watching TV at his home.

If I'm at home by myself, I'll turn on the TV,

and I'll look for something that I think will lift my spirits.

That day I just ran across the 700 Club

then Terry starts praying.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Someone else, you've

had a fall that's really thrown your back out of whack,

and nothing you take seems to help at all.

God's healing that for you right now.

Just receive it.

PAT ROBERTSON: Thank you, Lord.

Thank you, Lord.

And I didn't necessarily know that it was for me.

But when she prayed for the eye--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: [INAUDIBLE] you have a condition with your eye.

It's like the very rim top and bottom gets red,

and there's a crustiness that comes from it,

but it's very irritating.

God's healing that for you right now

I just knew.

I just knew that it was, that it was for me,

and I started saying thank you.

I started saying thank you, Lord.

So I woke up the next day, and the eye was better,

like just all the way better.

As soon as I woke up, I noticed it.

NARRATOR: Charles also noticed something else.

CHARLES: Over the next week, all of a sudden

it dawned on me that my back doesn't hurt anymore.

NARRATOR: With his back pain completely gone,

Charles went back to work and has been working pain-free ever


CHARLES: Sometimes it takes trust in Him

when it doesn't look like there's

anything happening, where every indicator is, no,

it's not going to work.

And I think sometimes God looks for those situations

because then it's clearly Him.


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