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A healing for variety of reasons

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God bless you.
I thank God for my healing in progress from the life-threatening brain cancer, end-stage congestive heart failure and prostate cancer.
But I want to make it clear that I don't want God healing me for nothing. No. First, I intend to pay Him back. Yes, I don't want to just get and not give. I will pay God back by praying, preaching and praising better than I ever have.
Actually, I'm already doing those things while I'm being healed. What better way for me to show my thanks than to promote God and His Kingdom by urging people to seek Him while He can be found and to call upon Him while He is near and give Him His deserved glory.
Second, I don't want Him to heal me for doing nothing, either. Understand? I don't want to be heal just to sit and chill and selfishly and privately wallow in the thrills and frills of the healing. No, I want to be healed to get back out and enjoy life to the fullest and help make life better for others.
I get this idea from a good friend, Stan Ketcik. It was so excellent that I decided to share it with the rest of you and I want each of you to share back with the rest of us.
There is healing power in setting future goals and wishes for yourself. They fuel the drive to survive and thrive.
Here was Stan's comment:

Dear Lacy,
Your journey of healing is inspirational!!! I have a suggestion. I think you should make a list
of interesting things that you would like to do for the next 15 to 20 years. The list would
consist of things you would like to do, places you would like to see, and goals that you woul
like to accomplish. I think that a list like that will help you on the road to recovery, and give you
a lot of specific things to look forward to on your road to healing. I look forward to seeing you
cover sports again, and reading your stories for many years to come. Have a phenomenal
Stan Ketcik

Banks' response: Great idea, Stan! I love you mannnn! Great idea! Why didn't I think of that before? That kind of mindset fuels the survival instinct. Incentives. Visions. Aspirations. Hope. Yes, Stan, yes. I feel good about this. Here are some of my key plans and wishes for the future:

1. Get totalIy healed of my cancers and bad heart so that I can see all my doctors
shake their heads, grin and say, "Well I'll be doggone!"
2. Give (along with my wife) our daughters Noelle and Natasha away in marriage

3. Go to Hong Kong again, especially for a Chinese New Year's celebration
4. See all my grandchildren get baptized graduate from college
5. Retire with my mortgage paid
6. Take my wife Joyce to Rome for once
7. Move my aging mother-in-law either in with us or into a cozy apartment in a safe
8. Vacation in Vancouver
9. Get my weight back down to 200 pound without having sickness to do it
10. Live with Joyce in a retirement place where I don't have to worry about having
lawns cut and driveways shoveled and house painted, etc.
11. Help Barack Obama get elected President of the U.S.
12. See global warming reversed for my grandchildren's sake.
13. See world at peace
14. Help bring overpopulation under control
15. Tour China throughly
16. Pastor a good, small, strong Christian church
17, See my daughter Noelle and her son Caleb both get called to preach
18, Give my oldest daughter Nicole and her husband Larry a nice wedding
anniversary vacation.
19. Joyce and me celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
20. See Natasha get married to an educated, hard-working, mature, Christian,
faithful man and give Joyce and me another grandchild.
21, Never ever have to bury any of my children or grandchildren.
22. See Amercan government protect the rights of the American laborers and
citizens first and foremost.
23. Help scientists find a cure for cancer, AIDS and other diseases presently

So what are some of the things you would also like to do in the next 15 to 20 years?

God bless you

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Please add: 24. Preach again at Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago.

I continue in prayer for you and your family. And look forward to you accomplishing all 24 (:-D) items on your list. He's still on the throne!

Banks' response: God bless you, my faithful prayer partner. I look forward to preaching again at Morning Star soon. Say "Hello" to Deacon James Posey for me.

Good Morning Rev,

You have really started something now! I love your list. I would like to see all of those things happen and then a few more such as:

24. Live to see an end to cancer. It is the work of the devil as he seeks to destroy God's children.

25. Obtain my PHD in Education.

26. Wait to see what God is doing in the life of my only child Brandon. At the age of 23 he is about to be ordained as a Deacon. Is the ministry far behind?

27. Praise and worship the Lord each and every day of my life for his goodness and mercy towards us.

28. Visit the Holy Land and walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

29. Stop worrying about things I cannot change and leave EVERYTHING up to God.

and finally,

30. Visit that good, small, strong Christian church that you will be pastoring ;)

Have a fantasticly blessed day Rev.


Banks' response: God bless you, Donna. Here's praying you are granted these desires of your sweet heart, plus some, and I'm touching and agreeing with you for them.

Prophetic article in light of Mr. Russert's passing.

Banks' response: With all the heart issues, other health problems and surgeries I've undergone, I'm blessed that I have yet to have a serious heart attack. In fact, my doctors have never diagnosed me for one. It is possible that the shortness-of-breath attacks I've had were mild heart attacks.

By the way, my fellow passengers, this blog site is now just three comments away from 200. And I will announce who files the 200th comment because that will be a proud milestone given the limited number of entries I've posted. God bless you all.

I hope you could find true healing through natural remedies which provide holistic healing that that are effective, yet very safe. Remedies that Nature has provided indeed are God's given blessings that are just right under our noses...

Banks' response: Thanks for your kind advice and for reading my blog.

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Lacy J. Banks

Lacy J. Banks, 67, has been a Sun-Times sportswriter/columnist for 38 years and a Baptist preacher for 58 years. He has preached at more than 100 different churches in the Chicago area. A native of Lyon, Miss., Banks graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in French and he served three years in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Naval officer. Lacy and wife, Joyce, have been married 42 years and have three daughters and five grandchildren. Among beats Banks has covered for the Sun-Times are the Bulls, Fire, defunct Sting, Blackhawks, Wolves, Cubs, defunct Hussle, Rush, Sky, college football and basketball and pro boxing.



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