[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Falun Dafa’s Compassion and Healing Power Finally Win Over Husband’s Family
(Minghui.org) A practitioner’s husband and his side of the family did not approve of her practice and treated her unkindly. Still she followed the teachings of Falun Dafa and showed her compassion in caring for her sick father-in-law.
The family witnessed the power of Falun Dafa and finally accepted her and respected her belief. She tells her story below.
My father-in-law was a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for 70 years after joining at the age of 17. During the Cultural Revolution, he tried to escape and hid from the Red Guards. Eventually they found him and he continued to work for the CCP for another 35 years. Though retired now, he was terrified of the CCP. He was afraid to listen to me criticize it and too scared to quit it. He would stick his head outside the window to see if anyone had overheard our conversation.
Two years ago my father-in-law had a stroke, lost coordination, and suffered from dementia. My husband and I spent a lot of time and money at the hospital but none of the treatments worked. My father-in-law left the hospital and came to live with us.
I asked him to recite "Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good," but he would not because of the persecution. One day while everyone was out and just the two of us were at home, he gathered up his courage and shouted out the phrase. After a half day, his symptoms were gone. Despite the miracle, my atheist husband chose to believe that it was the after-effects of all the medicine he took before.
My husband has been against my practice since I started in 1998. He threatened to kick me out of the house. When I tried to reason with him, he would beat me.
It got worse after the persecution started. He would not hear a word I had to say, let alone the truth. Outside of the house, I could clarify the truth to the police, prosecutors and judges fearlessly, but at home I felt powerless in front of him.
Last year my father-in-law got herpes on his forehead and it was terribly swollen. After spending thousands of dollars in the hospital, the swelling went away, but he began to suffer headaches, confusion, and incontinence. He babbled out names of deceased people. At the end of December, my husband’s sister sent him to us. My husband had to work during the day and care for his father at night, which drained him quickly.
During the New Year holiday, the families of my two sisters-in-law came to see their father. He was so delusional that he couldn’t recognize anyone. On January 4, while everyone was away for a dinner, I played Teacher’s lecture for him, believing that hearing Teacher’s voice would help him.
I placed the speaker on the table in the living room and helped my father-in-law sit up by the table. He grabbed the speaker and held it in his hands as he carefully listened. In the afternoon, I saw him urinating on the floor, which was a good sign because he normally did it in bed. His brother’s family came by as I was changing him. He recognized his brother’s family and was able to call each one of them by their names.
On January 6, my sister-in-law came and my father-in-law not only recognized her but had a conversation with her. He told her that I was too good to be true and that he didn’t deserve me. He and his family had never treated me well since I married into the family.
As my father-in-law continued to listen to Teacher’s lectures, his health improved tremendously. By January 7, my father could use the toilet independently and eat with us at the dinner table. He stopped babbling and coughing at night. I told my husband that he no longer needed to stay up and care for him. On January 9, my father was perfectly normal: he washed up, watched television, and chatted with everyone. His two daughters were so excited, saying that I took care of him better than they ever could. I told them it was all because of Falun Dafa.
Suddenly my husband got upset and said that it was all because of the medicines his father took. I asked him why the medicines didn’t work before he listened to the lectures.
Unfortunately, my father didn’t want to upset his son and stopped listening to the lectures. In only two days, he was ill again like before: urinating and defecating all over the place, babbling, and coughing with severe headaches. My husband said nothing and bought him more drugs. Nothing worked. It appeared that he had to stay up with his father at night again.
I told my husband and his sisters to leave their father to me. I turned to my father-in-law and said that only Falun Dafa could save him and that he shouldn’t believe otherwise. This time he nodded his head.
I had my father-in-law listen to the lectures again on January 12 and his health got better, except that his leg and head on the left side still hurt. One day when he was listening to the lecture, he suddenly said, “I have been a Party member for 70 years. That’s it? I can’t quit. No!”
At the moment I knew that it was the evil behind him causing the pain. I decided to let him listen to the audio of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. As he did, I saw his left leg jerk once. After that it stopped twitching like before. I quickly asked if his head still hurt and he said no. I knew that the evil had left him. He quickly agreed to quit the CCP when I asked him.
My husband had nothing to say after I told him how fast his father recovered. His sister even told her father to listen to the lectures attentively from then on.
My husband’s sisters thought it was too hard for me to care of my father-in-law for such a long time and talked to my husband about sending their father to a nursing home. My husband agreed and told his father that it was too hard to care for him around the clock. I knew that he did this out of respect for me.
When his father came to live with us, my husband didn’t spend his own money on his father. I used my salary to pay for his father’s special food, clothes, and everything else. My father-in-law told everyone he knew that I was his best family member.
It wasn’t easy for me to have done everything I did without resentment. When my mother lived with us because she was ill, my husband never took care of her or spoke to her once. When I was imprisoned for my belief and tortured until I too weak to stand up, my husband came to the prison and divorced me. We later remarried because of our daughter. His brother’s family refused to care for his father, but somehow we had to. If I weren't a practitioner, I could never have treated my husband and his family sincerely without complaint and anger. Falun Dafa changed my life and my mind. It turned me into a selfless, compassionate person.
My father-in-law was going to the nursing home at the end of January. I fixed his hair and helped him shave. He looked great in his new outfit as he walked downstairs to the taxi without any problem. His daughter told him, “You will never find a daughter-in-law this good.” I said that we should thank Falun Dafa and she totally agreed.
My husband, like a weight was lifted off his shoulders, said that it would have been hard if his father was still ill like when he first came. I also told him that he needed to thank Falun Dafa and Teacher. Now he doesn’t say anything when I hang up the Falun Dafa posters and amulet in his room. I asked him to quit the CCP and he said that he thought I'd already done that for him. He was genuinely happy that I practiced Falun Dafa.