IRACLES OCCUR IN all shapes and sizes. Sometimes,
a miracle affects only one person. But when a miracle impacts a
group of people, it becomes more precious. One such miracle happened
to an infant named Julia at CHRISTUS Schumpert.
Becoming a parent is a miracle in itself, but it
can be overwhelming, as well as exciting. Sharing the joy with others
helps the parents see that they have been graced by God with a gift
that has been created especially for them.
this miraculous process begins with a glimpse of shadowy images
on an ultrasound screen. But tears of joy can also be mixed with
tears of sorrow. In Julias case, tests showed evidence of
a growth in her chest. The parents were overcome with anxiety and
fear for their child. Fortunately, their faith in God and their
church family helped them gain strength, through prayer and support,
for what the future held for them.
When the day came for the birth of this baby, preparations
were made for the special care that would be needed. Surgical teams,
nurses, respiratory therapists and others helped prepare the baby
for surgery. When the surgery began, there was a sense of calmness
on the part of those in the operating room. Everyone had a great
feeling of relief when the surgeon discovered that the growth was
isolated and only involved one of the babys lungs. The growth
was removed, and the surgeon told the parents the good news. He
was convinced that many prayers had been lifted up for this child
to have done so well in surgery.
Through time, little Julia has been such a great
inspiration to many, including me. Julias parents are in my
Sunday school class. Being able to see prayers in action on a personal
level has strengthened my own faith in God.
I did not know that Julia was scheduled for surgery
that day, but when I found out that I was on the care team chosen
to go with her, it was an awesome feeling. I felt as if God had
placed me there for Julie and her parents. Faith is a great force,
and prayer in numbers makes it even stronger. There is no greater
gift than that of a child. That gift is even more special when the
childs situation strengthens the faith of others in His name.
Miracles come in many packages. I am ever so grateful for this miracle
CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System