As most of you have noticed I haven’t been real active around here much lately. There is a valid reason for that, several actually, but the one that is relevant here has to do with my work.

My captain caught the flu back in early November. By November 13th it was bad enough that he went to the hospital. He was given some antibiotics and sent home. Later that night, early the next morning to be precise, he had difficulty breathing and drove himself back to the hospital. By that afternoon he was in a coma and fighting for his life. His flu had developed into pneumonia, which became acute respiratory distress. He then developed sepsis. In the space of two days a healthy 38 year old father was dying and there was little that could be done. His second son, due in January, would be born fatherless.

Word spread through our community very fast. He is a beloved and popular man, and the whole community rallied to him. We were inundate daily with hundreds of questions about his status and we had nothing to offer but bad news. And we could do nothing to help but pray. Hard, sincere, pleading prayer. And hundreds of people did just that, with all the faith they could bring to bear they prayed.

Two of our citizens were in Rome visiting the Vatican on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when they heard the news. That day they were granted an audience with the Pope and they asked the Pontiff to pray for my boss, for my friend.

That night Greg came out of his coma.

He left the ICU the next day, Thanksgiving.

Three days later he was at home beginning the long fight to regain his lung and muscle strength lost while in the coma, but he is alive.

Thanks be to God, he is alive.

Never, ever, underestimate the power of sincere and loving prayer my friends.


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    irish19 growls and barks:

    What can one say? This is the season for miracles. Thank you so much for sharing that, and best wishes for a full recovery.

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    LC Gregory growls and barks:

    Thank You, Jesus. THANK YOU, JESUS.

    And blessings to you too, Crunch. Thanks for letting us know.

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    I never discount the power of prayer Crunch, I’ve seen it work firsthand more than once.

    What’s your captains name so I can put a more personal touch on the prayers I send?

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Wonderful news, brother!

    And yes, prayer works.

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    Crunch, I’m just so glad your friend is on the mend! Prayer or not… it’s got to be a huge relief! This atheist is pretty damn thrilled for him and his family, whatever the reason for his recovery!

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    I’m glad to hear about answered prayers in any circumstance.

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    It’s good to find a story like this on the Rott. :em01:

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    LC R6 growls and barks:

    It’s wonderful that the prayers did their job. Thank God for him and his children (& wife). I hope your Captain continues to recover apace.

    This same or a very similar illness has killed four otherwise healthy people her in Texas and four others are sick with it. Just read it this morning.

    Pray indeed.

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    Just Wow.

    – MD

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    LC MuscleDaddy growls and barks:

    LC R6 @ #:

    “According to the health department, all of the patients have had flu-like and/or pneumonia like symptoms. However, all of them have tested negative for the flu.”

    whoa… Captain Trips.

    – MD

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    Praise be to God in the highest!!

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    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    When you’ve done all you can, PRAY!

    Thank you, Heavenly Father, for sparing this good man’s life.

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    Lady H growls and barks:

    Beautiful, Crunch, just beautiful. Thank you, Good Lord, for helping this man.

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    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #:
    I’m a little reluctant to post his full name Jaybear, just cal him Greg.

    Or “Booboo”. :em05:

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    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. says:

    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #:
    I’m a little reluctant to post his full name Jaybear, just cal him Greg.

    Or “Booboo”.
    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. recently posted..Prayer

    I’ll stick with Greg…….

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Prayers of thanks to Our Lord, Who healed the Centurion’s servant, and now has healed the Centurion himself. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.