Authentic Connection


February 6, 2017

“It was a difficult time, but it was a beautiful time.”

That’s what she said about the time earlier this year when she nearly lost her life. It was dusk when our paths met— she and her husband out walking the dog, my husband and I on our way to the mailbox. Neighbors for the past 16 years, we first met 5 years ago. Since then, they and their children have been in our home and we in theirs, but these days our paths don’t tend to cross very often. Seeing them last night was a pleasant surprise.

“It was a miracle,” she continued, “a modern-day miracle.”
For twenty minutes we stood on the sidewalk together as she and her husband replayed for us the terrifying three weeks they had endured earlier this year when a flu virus had gone to her heart, making her heart stop.
Life-flighted from hospital to hospital, unconscious for thirteen days, with no one expecting her to survive, “through the grace of God” she beat the odds and was able to witness for herself the tears in her doctors and nurses eyes as they acknowledged what medical science rarely does: This was a miracle from God.
With her heart now at 100% (something the doctors told her never happens), the doctors all agreed: “You must have something left to do here on earth.”
She is so grateful to be alive, to continue raising her two young children. “So many people prayed for me and offered their assistance,” she said.  “Yes, it was a difficult time, but it was a very beautiful time too, for I experienced a miracle.”
How grateful I am for righteous people of all faiths. Because of their faith and prayers, we still witness miracles in our day.
35 “…has the day of miracles ceased?

 36 Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? Or has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? Or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved?

 37 Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.

 38 For no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name;…” (Moroni 7: 35-38)

Before we said our goodbyes, with a promise to stop by for a visit later this week, her husband pulled out his phone and played for us a song that has come to mean a lot to their family because of their harrowing, near- death experience: Tell Your Heart To Beat Again by Danny Gokey

Relationships are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods. The steady, rhythmic patterns of laughter and tears; the stories shared and service offered; keep us faithfully doing what God has put into our hearts to do, that is, love one another.

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