"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29: 11

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A walking miracle

I'm not a medical professional though I work in a hospital ship. When my hospital friends talk with excitement about patient stories or surgeries, I listen attentively but understand less than half.  Still it fascinates me how people keep coming to the ship for hope and healing. And even more so, how they have survived to even get here.

We have one patient onboard who was hit by lightning in the head and survived. He had a open wound on the top of his head when he arrived onboard! He has incredible scars on the back of his legs from his exit wounds. That is what I first noticed as I followed him and his family up the stairs on my way home. He had a bandage around his head and it suddenly clicked - that is him - a walking miracle. I smiled and said "Salama". They smiled and waved back.

We sat in front of this family at Ward church service a while back and his little daughter had a lovely time playing with our boys during the service. And my walk home from work to the cabin seems to coincide regularly with their visit to the Deck 7 patient area in the afternoon. Every time I see him he looks better and better. The hospital asked for prayer for him this week because there is a real possibility that he may be discharged soon.  

So please pray 
for Him and his family and 
thank God for every "walking miracle" whose lives are changed through this ship and 
for the incredible impact they have on our lives in the process.