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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Miracle is Complete

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BE NOT AFRAID * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Sometimes it's hard to remember that the Lord is always in control and He knows the beginning and the end. It's also hard to believe that an event that is your worst nightmare can also be your biggest blessing. Let me explain these comments.

Two years ago this July my oldest grandson was in a horrific auto accident and was ejected. He suffered a very serious Traumatic Brain Injuury. He was in a coma for several weeks on total life support. His left arm was badly broken, but he was so unstable they couldn't do surgery and it was agreed that life was more important than limb and if they had to amputate that was ok. His prognosis was grim at best if he made it at all. Each time the doctors gave us a deadline of things that he had to be able to do, the Lord met that deadline one day before, starting with breathing on his own as the first milestone. Gaining conscienceness, learning to swallow, talking, sitting up, standing, learning to walk again - all of these were miracle milestones. You see the accident had shirred his brain and they didn't think he would be able to do any of these things. We had hundred of people praying all over the world and the Lord was so faithful to answer every prayer.

My grandson's name is Keith. At the time of the accident he was just a few classes away from graduating from ASU. This wasn't going to be a cake walk because he still had some of his toughest classes to finish such as advanced courses in Physics and Nuclear Technology. The doctors didn't think he would be able to resume his studies. He spent several months in the hospital in rehab and then several months at Barrows Institute for more rehab. Every day he became more whole. They were able to do the surgery on his arm a few weeks after the accident and put in a 9" rod from the shoulder down to the elbow. He has worked very hard and has full strength and use of this arm with no signs of the injury except where you can see the scars where the screws were put in.

Why I say the miracle is complete is because tonight he will graduate from ASU with his Engieering Degree with his major being in Nuclear Physics. Wednesday night he sat with all of the ASU students as President Obama delivered the Commencement Address. The Lord completed his healing several months ago, but for some reason seeing him walk across the stage and receive his diploma will be the period to the sentence to me. He has a couple of scars on the back of his head and that's all there is to see that he was ever in an accident. He is completely healed with no signs of ever having any kind of brain injury at all. His doctors openly admit that he is a miracle. People that meet him today really can't believe he ever had a brain injury. He is just exactly the person he was before, no bodily scars, no side effects, no signs at all that anything ever happened. When the Lord healed him, He healed him 100% in every way.

So when I say one event can be your worst nightmare and your biggest blessing, his graduation is such a blessing. It is the Lord's way of showing the world He was in control all along, and that He still does miracles every day.

Keith believes the Lord saved him for a purpose, and often wonders what it is the Lord has in store for him. I can't wait to see the rest of the Lords plan and His many more blesssings He has yet to reveal.

This is a pictue of Keith at at his Birthday Party a couple of weeks ago. His face got really red as all the waiters and patrons at the restaurant sang to him.

Thanks for listening to my story of one of my greatest blessings ever. I am so thankful and grateful for the Lords mercy and goodness.

Hugs, Marty

P.S. Waiting his turn to walk up on stage to receive his diploma. Thank you Lord.


  1. Oh Marty, you have so many friends here on line, I'm honored to be the first one to comment! This is a wonderful testimony to God's healing grace! Thank you for sharing your grandson's story....he's just beautiful! Hugs & Blessings to you all! Luanne

  2. What amarvelous account. Praise the Lord for His healing blessings!

  3. OH Marty! I am so happy for you and your family! What a blessing for you all. This warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in this wonderful milestone! God is GOOD! Hugs from Conroe, TX!

  4. PRAISE THE LORD!! Oh Marty I just cried reading about your Keith...I know God hears all our prayers when we turn to him...Congrats to your wonderful boy my friend and to you for posting and sharing this awesome miracle we us...I am just so touched right now...May you have a blessed weekend my friend..Now I need to get my Hankie...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  5. Marty, that is truly a story with both a happy ending and a promising beginning. I'm so glad I stopped to read it. God will bless you for given him praise for what surely is a miracle.

  6. What a moving and heartfelt tribute to the healing and loving power of the Lord. You witnessed a miracle that was beyond human expectations. I am so happy that your family was blessed in this most special way. Like you, I wonder what's in store for him. It might be something known around the world or something so small it is only noticed by God or the person your grandson reaches out to help.
    What a Happy Twirl!

  7. What a wonderful story portraying a real life miracle. Thank you Marty for writing this tribute - it gives me hope.

  8. Marty,

    I am trying so hard to fight my tears right now but I need to go down and look at your tablescape! Sniff, sniff... This is just a heart wrenching and moving story and if anyone does not believe in miracles or God's grace, they should read this story.

    Keith is a handsome young man now and I believe he will go on to do great things with his life. And it must have been an honor to have President Obama at the commencement~how special.

    Thank you so much, Marty, for sharing this incredible story. Give this boy a hug from me!


  9. Marty, this wonderful story absolutely needs to be shared with the world. Keith is a walking miracle, and what greater proof of the power of prayer could there be. The thought of him walking across that stage and receiving his diploma just gives me goosebumps. What a blessed event, and what a wonderful tribute to an amazing young man. Hugs, Kat

  10. Marty
    What a wonderful story.... your grandson is truly a walking miracle. I am sue he has touched many lives throughout his journey. He is lucky to have learned at such an early age how fragile and precious life is... so that he may enjoy his life more now...that he knows how too often we worry about the "silly" things!

    Thanks for sharing his story with us! I will think of you and your family tonight... how proud you all must be! (Don't forget to take some kleenex for tonight)



  11. Marty, you've got me crying again (will explain soon on first reason for crying).

    The Lord indeed work his miracles to those that have great work to do yet. Your grandson is a perfect example of that. May he not lose sight of his potential both as Nuclear Physicist and a beloved child of God. He has much to do with His direction...

    Congratulations to your grandson, in His own right, he is chosen to do much and great things in life. He is quite lucky to have you as his grandmother. You are truly a treasure, Marty.

    We're staying in the Radisson Fort McDowell in Scottsdale by Fountain Hills. Are you familiar with the area? The Fountain Hills Fry's was amazingly stocked and decorated! I took lots of pictures!

    Hugs, Chandy

  12. Oh My Goodness Marty.. I had to do like Jane up there and go down to look at your tablescape to give myself enough time to stop crying.

    Congratulations Keith!
    What an awesome praise and testimony to God's Glory & Grace.
    God does know all .. the beginning and the ending to all of our stories.. So often we forget that He's in control and that He already knows the outcome of all of our situations. He knew Keith would be walking across that stage tonight and that it is just one of a long list of miracles that He has planned for Keith and your family.. God takes care of His anointed.
    I have 2 lil cards that I printed off and laminated.. 1 on my desk and the other I keep on my visor in my car. They both read:
    God is Good.. Even on a bad day!
    No matter the storm.. I will always praise YOU.

    Thank you for sharing your miraculous testimony with us.. and reminding us to not to waver in our Faith.
    Have a wonderful time tonight..
    God Bless,

  13. Wow, what a beautiful portrait of Our Lord and your Grandson! You are an amazingly optimistic person. I would never guess that had happened to your are so chipper! I am so happy for you, and your story confirms what I believe about faith! Have a great day celebrating this victory of prayer!

  14. Oh, Marty. Our God is faithful in the big and small. And I have seen Him do some HUGE things in our own family, so when you say that Keith's full recovery is a miracle, I believe you a thousand percent.

    It's almost impossible for me to sit down, stop, and reflect on how much God loves all of us without completely losing it. When I read things like this, testimonies of His incredible and unfathomable love and faithfulness, I'm once again brought to my knees in overwhelming gratitude. I'll never get over Him, not that I would ever want to!

    Thank you SO much for sharing the blessing of this testimonial with all of us. I wish I could have been sitting alongside you when you watched Keith cross that stage!



  15. Oh my goodness Marty, what a miracle! God must have some amazing things in store for your grandson! Congratulations to him on his degree☺

  16. Oh Marty! This is truely a miracle! I just know that your grandson will do amazing things with his life! You must be so proud!

  17. This story brought tears to my eyes. To hear of such an amazing miracle is a reminder to believe and always have faith. Wishing all good things for you and yours.

  18. What an amazing story, Marty! All my best to Keith!

  19. Oh my gosh MArty, what an amazing story of faith! And what a handsome young man. God Bless!

  20. What a touching and God-glorifying story... thank you for sharing.

  21. Oh Marty, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story. You did such a wonderful job of sharing your joy,that though I was so saddened by all you and your family have been through, the tears in that came to my eyes didn't flow -- until I got to the end and saw the photo of that handsome young man and thought about the miracles that God has shown. Now the tears are flowing! Congratulations to him, and thank you so much for sharing this miracle. I can only imagine the joy of your overflowing heart at his graduation. Heck, my heart is overflowing, and I've never even met him! I believe he is right, God does have a plan for his life! Praise God! laurie

  22. Dear Marty,
    That is such a fabulous story and so uplifting too! This is truly a miracle and I got chills when you talked about him walking across the stage @ ASU. I felt like I was right there too! My son Josh,
    who lives in Tempe, was just e-mailing me about Obama's speech there. Josh is a history teacher and was so excited. How fitting to have the President @ this monumental moment for you and your family. That pic of your grandson says it all. Hugs to you,(I need to wipe my tears now) Cindy

  23. God is good. Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

  24. God is so very good!
    praise His name for all your blessings!!! :)

  25. How wonderful; god does his work in a way that we should always be thankful for. thnaks, for stopping over.

  26. Oh Marty! I never knew the full extent of what Keith had gone through until now. I have tears in my eyes. Yes, it is a miracle and I understand why this graduation is such an important event for your family! I know it was glorious! I can't wait to hear all about it! Congratulations to Keith and hugs to you, my dear friend!!....Debbie

  27. this is an amazing story Marty, thank you for sharing it.

  28. Praising God with you Marty for this miracle. What a special grandson and what an awesome answer to prayer.
    Be blessed.

  29. Oh Marty! I can just feel the proudness you are experiencing. What an honor that you could be there!


  30. This is truly a blessing and miracle from the lord!! I know how proud you must be of him for overcoming such a horrific accident to work so hard, and not give up. I am so glad you shared this wonderful story with us. Nicole

  31. Wow. I'll bet you cried buckets.

  32. God is SOOOOO GOOD! What a miracle and such a blessing this young man is! Thank you so very much for sharing that story. Sometimes we think that miracles are only in the bible. I will ponder this all day today as I clean......By the way, your grandson is ADORABLE!

    Big, huge hugs Marty!

  33. Oh Marty, I too cried through the entire story...It is so wonderful to read such a happy ending(or beginning I should say for Keith)
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Have a great day Marty!

  34. Thank you for sharing this remarkable story. It has such a happy ending. Please tell Keith that we are all proud of him! Peggy from PA


  36. That is a very heart moving story. I am so glad that everything turned out well for Keith....and such a handsome guy.

    Marty, you are blessed.

  37. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story! Your grandson is very handsome and smart! and most of all Blessed! God is Good! Lauralu :)

  38. Oh MArty, I was having goose bumps as I was reading your story. I had no idea this was happening or I would have been prayign for him too. What a miracle. God sure is good and really answers prayer. This is a very inspiring story that just shows that we should never give up hope, even when doctors tell us the impossible. I always say there is nothing impossible as long as we are still alive. Thanks for sharing this story and congrats to Keith and more power and best wishes for him and his future.Sorry, I am late in reading this. It's just been so hectic here....Christine

  39. What a journey he and his family had to endure. I am sure ya'll are so proud. Your post brought the tears, my brother had a closed head injury,but sadly we did not have the same outcome. When you wonder why, it is so inspiring to hear that miracles really do happen. Please let Keith know he is an ispiration to many and that God still has big plans for him.

  40. Thank you for leaving a comment on my WhisperWood Cottage blog! What blessing! It is truly a miracle!


  41. Wow!
    That takes my breath away!
    And a good reminder, that He is in control of the big things, and the small every day things that i let sidetrack me from letting Him shine.

    Praise be His name forever and forever.
    blessings and thanks,
    barbara jean

  42. Oh Marty, HUGE hugs to you and your family. What an amazing and inspiring story. Your grandson is a walking testament to the miracles that surround us; thank God for His hands here on earth -- for the doctors and nurses and the loving care of family.

    There aren't words profound enough to tell you how heartfelt my "congratulations" message is to you. Many, many hugs ... Cass

  43. Oh Marty, such a beautiful and fantastic story. I am so thankful that God healed Keith in every way! Congratulations to him for such a wonderful and complete recovery!!


    Robin :o)

  44. Marty, I have goosebumps as I read your story....praise the Lord...what more can we say. What an encouraging story and testimony! God is soooooo good. Linda

  45. wow marty what a story, i got teary eyes while i was reading,what a wonderful, handsome boy you got there,i know you guys are feeling so proud right know and so very happy he recovered completely.....i wish him all the best and you tell him that we your friends from blogland wish him the very best of luck on everything he does....what a boy!!!!..we love you marty.....


  46. ~WOW! Marty what a true blessing and a miracle is right! Oh I am sooo happy for Keith.

    What a smart, hardworking and handsome man he is.
    I have tears. This truly touched me deeply in so many ways.

    Alex also has an Engineering degree.
    He graduated from OSU in Aerospace.

    Thank you so much for sharing his story.

    ~Congrats to all.
    ~Melissa :)

  47. Hi Marty. I'm so glad I stopped by to read your post. This is so wonderful, it moved me to tears. I believe the Good God that we serve does answer prayers when you pray in faith. He has been so faithful to me and I am deeply touched again by His goodness to someone else! What a wonderful, wonderful day to watch him graduate. I love this. You should post this picture on the side and label it, your greatest far! This has made my day...thank you. Have a blessed day and week. I know you are happy happy happy!
    And big hugs,

  48. What a blessed day for you and your family!! As I have said...God is good! I am so happy for you!

  49. Hi Marty....a true miracle and a must be so proud of your grandson...he's a very handsome young man and God bless him on his recovery and congratulations on his graduation....

  50. Oh Marty, I hope that you come back to find this. God is good indeed! Sometimes it is so hard just to get out God's way and let Him do what he does best. I know God has a plan for Keith and he will be a blessing in many more lives. I am so happy and proud for all of you and your miracle.

  51. My Sweet Marty

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow !!!
    Our God is an Awesome God !
    What a fantastic victory to celebrate with your family
    Ahemmmmm Your blogging family :)

    What a special testimony you have shared .This is a wonderful way to start off the week.
    Blessings and hugs to you .

  52. Isn't God good!!!! THank you for sharing this wonderful testimony of God's love, grace and healing power!


  53. Hi Marty...It's good to be back & thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I am so glad I didn't miss seeing this post about Keith's God given miracle. I've never heard such a moving story of a complete recovery from such a tragic beginning...God has a great purpose in mind for this handsome young man. Prayer is powerful!
    :-) Bo

  54. Hey Marty.. I'm sure you had a huge weekend full of fun. I just wanted to drop back by and let you know that I've posted the details to my Big Giveaway this morning.. Stop by and check it out and enter.
    Good Luck!

  55. This is a beautiful story. Your grandson's recovery is truly a blessing and a testiment to God's healing grace and the power of answered prayer. How wonderful that he has such a bright future ahead of him.

  56. Marty-what a truly powerful testimony of faith. If we will just put our faith and trust into the Lord he will do his work. Keith is a walking testimony of those things, those and more. What a blessing and a miracle. Congratulations to him. I know he will use his second chance to God's will.
    Continued blessings, friend!

  57. What an awesome show of His wonderful healing power. So glad your family all had a happy ending on this event.

    Praise the Lord!

  58. This is such a moving and inspirational story that I hardly know what to say. Congratulations to Keith for all his determination and hard work. His journey through this difficult time surely had to be somewhat eased with God, loving family and friends by his side.

  59. Hi Marty :)

    That is truly a miracle! Congratulations to your grandson!!


  60. Oh Marty,

    What a story, indeed! Praise the Lord for your grandson and his recovery. It truly is an amazing blessing. I'm sure God has great things in store for your sweet grandson....

    Many blessings,

  61. What a fabulous testimony of God's goodness and healing power...if we pray and believe and receive! I know God has a very special plan for your He does for all of us!
    YAY! God!

  62. Hi Marty just stopping in to see how your weekend was...hope all is well in your world today...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  63. What a wonderful testimony of one of God's miracles! Keep us posted on what He unfolds for your grandson.
    Blessings to your family on this most happy occasion!

  64. Hi Marty, thank you so much for your sweet comments on the new patio! Hubby appreciates them too! Your grandson is defintily a miracle! What a story...He has accomplished so much and I'm sure God has some awesome plans for his life. Amazing!! Kristen

  65. God Bless him, Marty! That is some story..and what a happy ending...I am so happy for all of you.
    My sister's son was hit by a car a week before he was to leave for college. He was retrieving a hubcap...unfortunately no happy ending here. My sister will never be the same..
    I am so glad for your grandson..God has planned great things for him for sure...

  66. This is an amazing story! I need to hear more outcomes like this. It just goes to show that there really are miracles happening out there! Thank you so much for sharing your miracle.


  67. God is good!! So, so good! He is faithful to answer our prayers. What a blessing to have such an amazing testimony. Thanks for sharing this story... and congratulations to your grandson for such an amazing accomplishment with his graduation!

  68. Marty, thanks for sharing your grandson's beautiful, inspiring story. I have a son not too far from graduating college and this touched me deeply. Thank God for his recovery. My husband has a doctor who specializes in hematology and oncology and he has written articles about the power of prayer and his belief in miracles. He says he has seen many. What a wonderful day for your family. Hugs to you all, Pam

  69. What an amazing post!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!! I have that painting in my living room, and it always brings such comfort!

    Have a wonderful day!

  70. I am so glad he is okay. I am always amazed at the miracles God allows us to see in our lives!

  71. What a wonderful story! My husband and I both enjoyed it. What a miracle. God is definitely in control! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful story. I was truly touched!:-)

  72. Hi Marty --

    I loved your Korean Fried Rice from your Foodie Friday post a couple of weeks ago -- I'm going to do this for my "Recipe Review" this coming Friday (and give you credit of course) -- as long as that's alright with you.
    See ya!

  73. I am so glad he is alright. God is still performing miracles!

  74. God is Great! What a true miracle.

  75. I haven't commented before because I seem to be a day late and a dollar short, as they say, but had to chime in and say what a wonderful grandson you have, and to wish him many more happy years! He's truly a walking, talking, miracle.

  76. Truly a miracle. Congrats to Keith! God is faithful no matter what the outcome. We have to have faith that God is good and He knows what He is doing.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  77. Ohhh sweet friend...what a wonderful testimony to the miracle working power of an Almighty God!!! There are so many people today that think miracles only happened during bible times...I beg to differ! I have seen the Lord's mighty hand at work...and left the Drs. bumfuzzled for there was no humanly way possible! Your Keith is such a blessing and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord performed that miracle because He has a special work for your Grandson! Praise the Lord!!! What an uplifting story...thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!! And a big, hearty Congratulations to Keith for graduating!!! I know that you are elated and so proud!!!

    Marty, will you please pray for my daughter's MIL? Her name is Kandy and she is only 50 yrs. old...and the Drs. have only given her 6 mos. to a year to live. She's been diagnosed with cancer. She's so young and my son-in-law is just devastated! They too, are believing the Lord for a miracle of healing!!! I sure appreciate your prayers Sweetie! I know that you believe!!!

    Warmest wishes and Praise the Lord for Keith!!!
    Love ya,

  78. Marty..I came to thank you for your comment on my blog regarding my tablescape...and my eyes fell on this post! I felt a spiritual touch to my heart as I read about your grandson. I so needed to have read this! I had been feeling a bit down, and even though I know who is the one that causes us to doubt and be is sometimes difficult not get discouraged at times. Yet as I was reading I could feel the weight in my heart lighten and I was reminded again of how we should place the yoke of burden on the Lord. I feel blessed to have read Keith's story, and I had tears in my eyes seeing him standing there ready to receive his diploma! May God Bless him and all those that come to know him and your family! I also notice that you end your comments with the word "Hugs". So do I! Hugs!!