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'It's a Song of Breakthrough': 2-Year-Old Healed on Brink of Death Sparks Bethel Worship Anthem

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A little over a year ago, doctors predicted that the E.Coli infection ravishing the body of 2-year-old Jaxon Taylor would kill him. 

Today, he is a happy toddler and his testimony has become a worship anthem reaching millions of people worldwide. 

In December of 2017, Jaxon was airlifted to the hospital with a severe E. Coli infection that had ravaged his kidneys. Doctors rushed him into surgery and said he might not make it through the night. 

"The dialysis was pretty intense," Jaxon's mother, Janie Taylor, wrote in an Instagram post. "Jaxon was turning even more pale and his lips were very blue and he was trembling while we waited for the blood transfusion... it was the scariest thing I've ever faced."

The Taylor family spent weeks in the hospital and pleaded with God to save their child as they watched Jaxon steadily decline. Jaxon suffered from vomiting spells, seizures, and cognitive failure. All the while, believers around the world were praying that Jesus would heal his body.

One of those prayers came in the form of a song. Jaxon's father, Joel Taylor, is the CEO of Bethel Music and when he told his network of worship artists Jaxon needed a Christmas miracle, Jonathan David and Melissa Hesler began to sing from their souls. 

"I just felt like this giant of unbelief stood in front of me and I just thought, 'Jaxon's gonna die tonight. We're not going to see the miracle,'" Jonathan David Hesler told Fox News. "And as this giant stood in front of me, all of a sudden, out of my gut, this song started coming out."

"I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies," he sang. "My weapon is a melody...Heaven comes to fight for me." He recorded the song and sent it to Taylor. The desperate father played the song of praise over Jaxon over and over again. 

Little by little, Jaxon got better. 

He began to move his limbs, open his eyes, and act like an ordinary child. After weeks of being in the hospital, the Taylor family left with their very alive little boy. 

The simple melody the Helsers sang over Jaxon has become a powerful new song from Bethel music called "Raise a Hallelujah."

Last Christmas, Janie Taylor reflected on the song and her Christmas miracle.  

"So overwhelmed with gratitude to our dear friends the Helsers @mphelser @jonathanhelser who wrote this anthem over Jaxon while he was fighting for his life. My husband played it over his hospital bed during some of the darkest nights. Only a few months later he was there in person - alive and well - to hear the song when they performed it live at our worship school," Taylor said.  ⠀

"Jaxon's healing was not just a victory for our family but for all of you who prayed for him. I pray that this song will, in turn, give you hope and issue in the victory you are contending for in this season. I pray Jaxon's testimony is a gift back to you - to believe anything is possible no matter what mountains you face," she added.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Melissa Helser was just as touched by the whole experience. 

"It's a song of breakthrough and intercession and rejoicing and delighting in Jesus. It's their testimony and my testimony and all of our testimony. This video is the morning we got to play it for Jaxon for the first time. We all cried and laughed and jumped and rejoiced. Cheers to a faithful God," she wrote in an Instagram post. 

Even Jaxon is singing this song of healing. Helser posted a video on her Instagram page of him singing the melody. 

"When the miracle boy sings his song back to you...You tear up and begin to spontaneously thank you Jesus for his faithfulness. We cannot lose hope, and give in to the voice that diminishes the love and faithfulness of Jesus. Today I rejoice again in this victory as I wait for my own," she said. 

The song is featured in Bethel music's new album called Victory. The Bethel worship team is on a tour bringing the testimony of Jesus' healing power to the world. 

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle