S CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD celebrated
the risen Savior on Easter Sunday in 1998, Reverend Tommy Ellis
also rejoiced in a personal resurrectionhis return to the
pulpit. A ruptured disc, followed by surgery, had left Rev. Ellis
paralyzed from the waist down with little promise of ever walking
again. That day, he was able to stand in the pulpit again, albeit
briefly, marking an important milestone in his recovery.
minister had been admitted to CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation
Hospital in January that same year, unable to move from the waist
down but with a positive attitude and an unwavering faith. When
he left CHRISTUS St. Michael in late February, he was still in a
wheelchair but able to stand and take steps with a walker. Eventually,
he was able to get around without the walker but aided by two canes.
Then, he found he could move about with only one cane.
Rev. Ellis believes his faith and God’s abiding love, coupled with
the CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation staff’s skillful, compassionate
care, made it possible for him to return to his ministryliterally
walking in faith.
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System