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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Your Dying Spouse 179 - The Miracle

If you've been following this blog, you may recall that my beloved father-in-law, Dick Schmeisser, suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Today he is having conversations with family, and the plan to bring in 'memory aids' has been shelved. It's not necessary.

The doctors say that he has gone through three months of 'optimistic' recovery in two days.

They call it a miracle.

I used to think that God grants miracles dispassionately, to make a point. The recipient was, to some degree, random...in the right place at the right time. But I may be wrong. I mean, look at Lazarus.

Maybe He saw a family that was broken-hearted, good people that needed one more I-love-you from their Dad and Grandpa, And maybe God's heart broke, too.

There's no medical justification for what has happened. None. On Saturday they were talking about permanent feeding tubes and a nursing home to the end of life.

Now...well, there's going to be therapy, but there's also a woman he's going to marry. (He's 79, and was widowed three years ago.)

Never give up. On yourself, on your family and friends, and most especially...never give up on God.

For some musical accompaniment, here's Mike and the Mechanics with "All I need Is A Miracle".

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  1. Yes and amen! Let's hear it for miracles ... and for the One who brings them into being.

    Such great news, Andrew! My best to your family ...

  2. PTL! That's excellent news, Andrew! What an inspiration for you all!

  3. Praise be to God! This is just wonderful news.

  4. Never give up. Wow--what an awesome story to back that up. So glad to hear the good news about your f-i-l! Praising God for this miracle.

  5. Your family had a front row seat to witness an amazing God-sized miracle. Praises to God.

  6. Go God! I love it when He performs miracles! I seen a miracle in someone near and dear to me a few years ago. There was no medical explanation! Just God! So happy for your family!

  7. Wow. What a fun thing to read today! I'm so glad for your dad and pray for his continued recovery. Still praying for you too! :)

  8. Oh yes, Andrew! At 79 years of age...a miracle and a marriage at 79!! Somehow I think he is having a joke on God, himself!! I say, amen to the miracles of God!! And, agree that we should never GIVE UP ON GOD...or on ourselves!!!

    Thanks for sharing this post! Continued prayers for all!

  9. That's incredible, Andrew! I think God must have heard our prayers for him. And I pray God is hearing my prayers for you as your condition worsens. It seems to me that God has done miracles in your life over and over--bringing you back from the dead on many occasions. I'm continuing to pray for that for you, my friend!

  10. Never never never lose HOPE. Because....


    You, with the good shooting eye - hear me? xoxo