Five years ago today, Prit checked out of the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. What seemed to be an interminable and insufferable trial of “two steps forward and five steps back”, was all of a sudden coming to a close after 52 days. ‘‘Do you want to go home today?’’ asked the social worker assigned to Prit’s case. It was the magical question that superseded all the others Prit had been asked since awakening from his 26-day coma. Did she really just say what I think she did? Is this really happening? How long had we dared to even think that Prit just might make it out of here alive? We were usually accustomed to trusting God to give Prit just one more day. Often upon arriving to the hospital in the morning, my heart would be in my throat wondering if I would enter his room and find a sheet drawn over his face. Relief would wash over me to see that he had again made it through one more night.
“Do you want to go home today?’’ After suffering two brain aneurysms which almost claimed his life, we were both almost too dazed to answer. Finally, realizing she was serious, Prit said, ‘’Yes!’’ Before we knew it, the paperwork was filled out and Prit was being wheeled out of his room, down the hall, downstairs, and into the van. We were as people who dreamed.
Remember, on the first night when Prit had been brought in, the doctor on call shook his head and said that “he would never even make it through the night.” Sadly for him, he didn’t know about the Grace Factor. Grace always holds the last card. Grace always has the last word. Grace makes the three point shot with only seconds to go and grace always, always beats impossible odds. Grace took us through the most horrific trial of our lives and grace has brought us back to the mission field of Haiti. Grace will lead us to the finish line as well, and we will complete the work that God has given us to do. Grace is there for you too, my friends, whatever you may be facing today.
And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJ
What a great and beautiful couple there in the photo. I can still hardly believe the flow of grace. You two bring tears to my eyes.
Thanks, Dana. I need to be reminded of this is a big way right now. I love you!
Thank you for the kind words, Richard. You and Beth play a massive part in it all.
I can definitely identify, as I suffered a massive brain hemorrhage just days before Prit suffered his aneurysm. I am eternally grateful to God, my family, & my team of doctors & therapists for my recovery. I am a walking, talking miracle & thank Hos for allowing me to live through this!!! 😀
And we are SO glad you did, MJ! 🙂