RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A local recording artist says he believes in miracles, saying he has witnessed them in his life, as well as in the lives of family and friends.
James Johnson also believes anything can happen in someone's life, saying that it all comes down to the power of agreement.
Johnson is no stranger to music, working as minister of music at Richmond's Cedar Street Baptist Church of God.
He's also an award-winning songwriter and producer who has worked with some of the heaviest heavyweights in the gospel music industry.
For Johnson, he believes his purpose in life is, "to inspire people though the gift of music."
However, in March of 2015, it was Johnson who needed inspiration.
A week before he was set to receive the biggest music award of his career, he noticed something was off.
"I woke up one morning, just with some challenging effects with my vision and then my balance," he explained. "The strength on my left side. That kind of persisted throughout the entire week."
Johnson went to see a doctor and, after a series of tests, the, then healthy, 31-year-old married father of two, was diagnosed with relapsing and remitting multiple sclerosis.
"I was quite depressed," Johnson said. "Dealing with a lot of depression and woe, and asking the question 'why me?'"
The question continued for months, until a conversation with his pastor changed his tune, and inspired a new one called "Agree."
"My circumstance was not the worst circumstance that it could be, Johnson said. "And that there were others that were dealing with challenges that were far greater than mine."
"Let me not necessarily just be concerned about my circumstance, but allow me to have faith for someone else," he remarked. "and agree that God can perform a miracle in their life and make their miracle more priority than myself."
Today, this message is more than a song.
It has bloomed into an online, faith-based campaign and challenge, where people post prayer requests, and others agree to pray for their miracle.
During this challenge, which has been going strong now for a few months, Johnson says he has seen a miracle in his life.
"I've been feeling wonderful. I've been feeling great," said Johnson.
He is also seeing miracles in the lives of others, whether it is in finances, family, or health.
Johnson believes it is all coming down to people, who may not know each other, praying in agreement for the other's miracle.
"Of course, God sees what we go through, but I think we really get His attention when we're selfless and in a moment of belief, using our faith to encourage someone else. That's how we agree," said Johnson.
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