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Glacia Robinson … Grasped from the hands of death to minister

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 9:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston
GLACIA ROBINSON

Remember Glacia Robinson? That smooth-voiced singer who took the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's 1998 title with Hold My Hand Today?

It's been a while since she has graced the Jamaican stage, but Robinson, following her miraculous healing, is deep in ministry in the United States.

Family and Religion reached out to the gospel singer who hails from Newport, Manchester.

Robinson has been sharing the Word from the US, Canada, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

"I have been doing charitable work with Heart For The World, Great Love Foundation and Food For The Poor, which has allowed me to contribute to causes in countries such as Africa, Haiti, and my native Jamaica," she shared.

Robinson, who has overcome a lot to be where she is now, reminisced about the period God brought her victoriously through the struggles.

 

ILLNESS

 

"As many persons would know, I was gravely ill for five and a half years, stricken with an illness that could not be diagnosed by doctors in Jamaica and the US," she said.

Robinson's health rapidly declined, a feeling she described as "dead but alive to watch".

"The effects of the mean sickness made me so weak that I was confined to a wheelchair. I became incontinent and was dependent on disposable diapers. Plagued by symptoms such as uncontrollable vomiting, ravenous seizures, internal bleeding, haemorrhaging, fainting spells, countless falls, diarrhoea, skyrocketing fevers, swellings, excruciating pain and other unmentionables, the shadow of death mirrored my every move," she shared.

It got so bad that she could not even digest water with her weight falling to below 90 pounds. Robinson went through a process where her hair fell out, her skin broke out into hives.

"I felt like I was literally out of my mind. My doctors told me my organs were functioning at the rate of a seven-year-old child. My eyes reclined into scrawny sockets, my tongue draped from my head and my speech hobbled with a drawl. My bones, joints and muscles sagged. I seemed stricken with old age and I could not be left alone. All nutrients were given through intravenous methods," she recalls about that tumultuous time in her life.

"Many times, savage demons entered the hospital rooms and with fierce anger, they attacked and tormented my body. They said, 'We do not like your voice, we do not like your music, and a blood sacrifice was done through witchcraft to kill you! We have been sent to take you out! We have been sent to kill you!'"

Robinson did not give in to those voices, but instead fought back by whispering the name of Jesus.

"Even though I lost all the money and material things that I had, including the gift of independence, I never lost hope. It got to the point where the doctors gave up on me; they told me that there was nothing more that they could do for me. They said I would never walk again, I would never sing again. They said, 'go home, make peace with everyone, we are sorry, but you are not going to make it.' They told my mother to put everything in order for my funeral."

 

DEATH RUMOURED

 

Rumours started flying that she had succumbed to her illness, but Robinson clung to her faith in God and the promise that she would not die, but live to declare the Word of God.

"Throughout this ordeal, the constancy of my mother's care was tantamount to my recovery, as she was forced to relinquish her job and other daily duties in order to supervise my care. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months turned into years. I continued to contend in prayer with God for the preservation of my life and I said, 'Lord, I know that You have a plan for my life ... this is not how my end is going to look ... Lord, if I die, I know that You will raise me up!'"

Fast-forward to 2016 and Robinson has now been totally healed through divine intervention powered by deliverance prayers sent up for her.

Since then, she has produced five albums - I Shall Live, Sheer Inspiration, An Offering of Worship, Year of Conquest and Acoustic Worship, with her latest released in 2014 - You Are My Servant.

"In this latest album, I extended my cultural and creative footprint by singing in some foreign languages, including Surinamese, Korean, Spanish and Sotho. Along the way, I released several singles, some I did for musical productions, and I also did a Christmas compilation called Acoustic Christmas," shared Robinson.

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