Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. – C.S. Lewis
Per Pew Research,
About half (48%) of U.S. adults believe God determines what happens to them most or all of the time. Nearly eight-in-ten U.S. adults think God or a higher power has protected them, and two-thirds of Americans say they have been rewarded by the Almighty.
FoxNews.com reports that
The 5-year-old boy who survived being thrown from a Mall of America balcony is showing signs of recovery and could go home in a couple of months, his family said Friday.
The boy is “alert and conscious” and no longer in critical condition, the family said in a statement issued through an attorney.
“We are now turning our focus to additional surgeries, healing, rehabilitation and eventually a return home, which we hope will happen by June,” the statement said, according to the New York Post.
Landen Hoffman had been in critical condition since the unprovoked April 12 attack at the Minnesota mall, according to reports.
The family’s statement also said Jesus “saved our son’s life and is healing him in the most miraculous ways.”
Prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda with trying to kill the boy.
He has been accused of picking up the boy up and throwing him over the balcony. Landen struck the ground after plunging 40 feet.
Aranda and the boy were strangers.
He told police he was angry at being rejected by women and the mall and was “looking for someone to kill,” the criminal complaint says.
Court records show Aranda was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after earlier assaults at the mall that led to his temporary banishment.
As I read the wonderful news about young Landen and his family’s faith in Jesus Christ as the Great Physician, I began thinking about the miracles which I have personally witnessed in my Christian Journey.
One which stands out vividly in my mind happened a couple of years ago.
My wife and I needed a couple of prescriptions refilled. However, being between paychecks we were short on money.
My wife and I, after the initial panic and trepidation, both agreed that all we could do was to trust God for it.
So, while my wife was in our bedroom, cleaning out one of our dresser drawers, I sat at our kitchen table and prayed to the God of Abraham for a couple of hundred dollars to see us through to our next paychecks so that we could purchase the medicine that we needed.
My wife knew what I was doing and a few minutes later she called out from the bedroom asking me how much money I asked God for.
“$200” was my reply.
“Honey, you’re not going to believe this,” she said.
She had found an envelope in the dresser drawer containing $200 which we had put away at least a year before that to help pay the house note.
That money had lain forgotten in that drawer all that time until the Lord determined that we needed it and answered my prayer.
I have witnessed other miraculous things happen in the lives of my family and friends over the years that had no answer as to how they occurred except by the Grace of God.
75% of Americans still self-identify as being Christians and 90% of Americans believe in a “Higher Power” or God.
And yet, Christians remain under attack daily, from the Main Stream Media, Cable and Satellite Television Programs, and Liberal Trolls on Social Media.
In fact, I fully expect to be attacked for this post and my belief in God’s Grace and the reality that His miracles still occur in today’s anti-Christian popular culture.
However, as Christians, we are called upon to “soldier on”.
As Rev. Franklin Graham, the head of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, declared in the August-September 2014 Edition of Decision Magazine, “Heaven is not for cowards!”
“Christians cannot ignore parts of God’s Word because they are unpopular or cause division. Our commission is to proclaim Christ and all He stands for,” wrote Graham.
“This is what the church’s presence in the world is all about. We cannot sincerely proclaim the truth of God’s love while ignoring what He hates, and God hates sin.”
Graham also stressed the need for “godly courage” and for Christians to speak out against abortion and homosexuality.
“We are soldiers in God’s army, and we cannot stand down on biblical issues out of fear of being labeled a homophobe or judge,” wrote Graham.
“People make judgments every day. The world’s system passes judgments accepted by governments and citizens. But the world considers Christian judgment to be biased, judgmental and intolerant,” he added.
Rev. Graham was spot on.
I can testify from personal experience, having caught flack for sticking to my Christian American Conservative Principles, since beginning my daily posts on this blog in April of 2010.
My posts, concerning American Christianity, seem to “touch a nerve” in both Liberals and Atheists, alike. (But, in at least some cases, I repeat myself.)
Their reaction has hardly been unexpected.
Atheist Activists and young and/or misinformed Liberals, who replied to my blogs, insisted that Crosses and other Chrstian symbols have no place in the Public Square. As we have witnessed in the past month, repeatedly, they wish for Christians to remain unseen and unheard from, worshiping in private, on Sunday mornings, only.
Unfortunately for them, The First Amendment to the Constitution still holds.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So, y’all can wish for a unicorn to magically appear in your backyard…but that ain’t gonna happen, either.
As a free nation, all you who are non-believers, or have, turned your backs on the Christian Faith in which you were raised, to worship popular culture, instead, have every right to your lack of faith…which, is actually a faith unto itself.
And, the overwhelming majority in this country, Christian Americans, will continue to exercise our faith as Christians as we celebrate the Grace and Goodness of the Triune God, Father Son, and Holy Spirit with Landen and his family as he continues to recover and lives a rich, full life ahead.
God is good. All the time.
Until He Comes,