This morning I read a story that brought me an extra dose of encouragement, and I wanted to share it.
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Dale's friends have also set up a blog to report recent happenings - Prayers for Dale. Although it's difficult to understand why God answers prayer in different ways - some through healing, some through suffering, some through death - He knows what is best.
While I'm on topic, I would ask my friends to put Anna Lewis on their prayer list. She the young wife of one of my childhood friends here in Lima. She and Justin have a little boy, and Anna was getting close to delivering her little girl when she had a biking accident that forever changed her life. This occurred approximately three weeks ago. Most of you are thinking the same thing I thought, "Biking at 9 mos pregnant???" They are avid bikers, and she had continued to do this throughout the pregnancy with no problems. This particular day, she was following Justin, and he when he swerved to avoid a curb, she hit his back tire. She immediately cradled her stomach with her arms, and the back of her skull hit the concrete twice. The baby was taken by c-section, and Anna was kept in an induced coma, with brain trauma and without much hope.
Just two days ago, we received word that as she slowly was brought out of sedation, miracles began to occur. She is responding (as much as possible with tubes, etc.), and Justin was able to tell her that she had been out for two weeks, had a baby girl, and had brain surgery. He showed her a picture their little boy and the baby girl, and she was captivated. He couldn't take it anymore, and brought the baby in for her to see. She raised her head and kissed her little angel.
The extent of permanent damage isn't yet known, but God is helping Anna, and she is going to have a story to tell, that's for sure! Please keep her in your prayers.