Archive for December 2011

GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL IN HIS UNIVERSE

Greetings Family and Friends,

In the news it seems that the focus oft times is on the bizarre, the gory, the lewd and immoral, depressing stuff.  But every now and then there is a story that is heartwarming and inspiring. I want to share three amazing clear cut miracles from the news of this year, happenings of God demonstrating His Sovereign and miracle working power in the world today. These wonderful miracles happened this year and as 2011 comes quickly to a close we see in these events that there is hope even in the midst of devastation and tragedy.

Most of us remember the terrible earthquake in Japan this year. In the midst of all the tragedy and grief that encompassed the people of Japan, a precious miracle took place – the sound of a baby’s cry amid the rubble! It seemed so impossible that soldiers searching a tsunami-smashed village dismissed it as their imagination. But it came again and they then realised they had not just been hearing things. They pulled away wood and slate, dug back thick oozing mud – and there was the child they were to describe as a ‘tiny miracle’…..

... And fear: Upon hearing another tsunami warning, a father tries to flee to safety with the baby girl he has just been reunited with

The four-month-old girl had been swept from her parents’ arms in the shattered village of Ishinomaki when the deadly wave crashed into the family home. For three days, the child’s frantic family had believed she was lost to them for ever. But yesterday, for a brief moment, the horrors of the disaster were brightened by one helpless baby’s story of survival.

Soldiers from the Japanese Defence Force had been going from door to door, but for this precious moment at least, it was only the child who mattered to the team of civil defence troops who found her. One of them picked her up in his arms, wrapped her in a blanket which had been handed to him and cradled the child as his colleagues crowded around, not believing that someone as young as this had survived when all hope had been lost.

The tiniest survivor was cold, wet and crying, but she is believed to have suffered no other injuries. Why she did not drown remained a mystery, but the soldiers were somehow able to trace her overjoyed father who had been taking refuge in his wrecked home with the rest of his family.

Even then the nightmare wasn’t over, for just minutes after the emotional reunion, the shell-shocked survivors were told that a second tsunami might be on its way. The panicked father begged the soldiers to take the baby to safety on higher ground, but the 11am alarm proved to be false and the reunited family returned to try and rebuild their home.

Amid the devastation, there have been precious few tales of survival.

Joy: The member of Japan's Self-Defense Force member holds the four-month-old baby girl in Ishinomaki, northern Japan after her rescue
Joy: The member of Japan’s Self-Defence Force holds the four-month-old baby girl in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, after her rescue.

But the discovery of the unnamed child has given fresh hope that others might be found alive in the shattered landscape which covers scores of miles of the east coast of Honshu island.

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Then the precious miracle of the boy in Alabama who was sucked up in the tornado and then set down safely:

Miracle of Alabama: Parents watch as eight-year-old boy is sucked into tornado at 200mph… but LIVES to tell tale

By DANIEL BATES

He is the boy who got sucked up into a tornado – and lived to tell the tale.

Eight-year-old Reginald Epps Jr was picked up off his feet and pulled into the swirling darkness when one of the Alabama twisters tore through his home. As his family cowered beneath him he was carried through the air some 30ft before being set down again with just cuts and bruises.

Miracle: RJ, far left, survived after being sucked into the Tornado

Miracle: RJ, far left, survived after being sucked into the Tornado

When the wind died down his terrified family looked up to see him walking towards them – and were stunned to see he was still alive.

Reginald Jr, known as RJ, was at home in Coaling, Alabama when the tornado swept through at 200 mph.

Nothing left: A man looks through the remains of a home in Pleasant Grove, Alabama
Nothing left: A man looks through the Remains of a home in Pleasant Grove, Alabama

“I shouted: ‘Hey! Come here’ and he came towards us and we huddled together for a bit longer until I was sure it was over.”

Mr Epps, RJ and James were all taken to hospital and the children were released that day with just cuts and bruises.

Mr Epps is still being treated for a punctured lung, three fractured ribs and cuts and bruises.

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And last but definitely not least:

There are many, many more miracles out there in the news, in the highways and byways of life, in His people, and all around. I wanted to share these three in particular because when I heard about them they touched my heart. They are no surprise to me for I serve a miracle working God! He is a God of miracles. One definition for miracle –  “extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.

 

God bless till next time.

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