It was a moment of joy on Sunday, when National Light’s reporter, Chibota Edozie went for a thanksgiving service to appreciate God for healing her and her husband, Afam Edozie from the injuries they sustained in an accident they had on January 3,2021.
She also thanked God for adding another year to her age and for giving her the grace to stand on her feet and walk again when in human eyes, hope of standing up and walking again was lost.
In his homily at the Holy Mass held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, New GRA,Trans Ekulu, Enugu, the officiating priest, and parish priest, Rev Fr Jude Igbonekwu, drawing from the readings of the day, stressed the need for Christians to have faith in God, live a life of humility and never give up. He said that “challenges of life should not make us to give up”.
Fr. Igbonekwu observed that many people had given up because of the challenges they faced in life. “The call today is for us to continue to run the race till we receive the crown. It is a call for us to be doing good. Never give up doing good; never you be tired of your faith, “the cleric said.
He thanked God for healing Chibota, saying that the injuries were so severe that he would doubt anyone who told him that Chibota would walk again. “But with prayers, Jesus in the Eucharist did that. She could walk again” .
He recalled that every day after Morning Mass, he would visit Chibota to pray for her and give her Holy Communion and would always pray; ask Jesus to make her walk again if he is the one in the Holy Eucharist .
Fr Igbonekwu said that God answered the prayer. “One day, I came and saw her walk. If you are in the Holy Eucharist , that which is difficult to do will become simple to do.”, he said. He urged Christians to always have faith in God, be humble and prayerful so that they could finish the race and wear the crown at the end.
Speaking at a reception held after the mass at their residence, the celebrant, Chibota Efozie gave testimony of what she passed through ,which she tagged, ‘ My Struggle For Life.’ She thanked God for saving her life and for healing her when she had almost passed . She said the experience had taught her a great lesson about life.
Chibota thanked the parish priest, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Rev Fr Jude Igbonekwu, who always came to pray for her, the medical personnel who treated her, their neighbors, her husband’s colleagues at the National Arts Gallery, families, friends , colleagues in journalism profession, as well as their well wishers for their prayers and support.
Her husband, Afam Edozie, in a remark, thanked God for saving their lives. He also thanked the medical doctors and other medical personnel who took care of his wife for the work well done. He thanked their parish priest for his visitations and prayers.
Edozie also thanked friends, family members, neighbours , colleagues for their visits, prayers and support. He urged people to always have faith in God and be prayerful because God answers prayers.
The event, which was well attended, attracted people from various walks of life. Members of Onitsha Ado Improvement Union,National Arts Gallery, journalists, neighbours, family members , parishioners, and well wishers were in attendant.