Jesus — My Ribs

Yesterday afternoon I was getting gas in Mill Valley. A young guy pulled up to the pump behind me, got out and looked at the Velcro band I had across my chest.

“Bad back?” he asked.

No, I said, cracked ribs.

“Would you like me to pray for you to be healed in the name of Jesus?”

Sure, I said.

He asked my name, then came up to me, put a hand on my shoulder and said: “Lloyd, may you be healed in the name of Jesus.”

Well I’ll tell you what. I went for a slow shuffling run that night at the beach (the first in 6+ weeks) and no rib twinges at all. The day before I could hardly walk much less run, without pain.

Hallelujah, no shit.

Now Jesus — about my damaged knee…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to Jesus — My Ribs

  1. Glad the ribs are feeling better. I end my month long stay at Camp Parks in Dublin, CA on Friday. Was in your neck of the woods a time or two during my stay, would have been a thrill to have met you.. all the best. Can't wait until the new book is done and available to buy. If you offer a preorder list I will be sure to get put on it. Plan on spending the afternoon in Berkeley tomorrow for one last time before flying out on Fri. morning.

  2. Love interactions like this! Once I gave this lovely old couple directions to the nearest Arby's, and they were so grateful they promptly asked for my name, told me it was their favorite name in the world, and said they would pray for me. It was so sincere and sweet!

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