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The Power of Prayer

July 8, 2011 - Theresa Proudfit
Anytime I get called out to photograph an accident my heart races wondering if I will recognize the vehicle. Living in a small town I almost always know someone who knew the victim and my heart breaks.

I was lucky to have the day off on Sunday and didn't have to cover the terrible accident on Lehman Road in Iron Mountain. I didn't know the boys involved, (although I did photograph them playing football for Kingsford and would have recognized their jersey numbers #21, #55) but I have good friends that were very close to both these boys.

Good kids, acting wild and crazy on the Fourth of July weekend. I've certainly been there. Don't think I'm condoning their behavior, I'm just saying, I've been there. I'm older and wiser now, but I did many stupid, dangerous things growing up and I'm glad no one got hurt.

These kids weren't so lucky.

When I heard about the accident the next day I was sorrowful. The passengers' injuries were horrific. "He has a fractured skull, lacerated liver, all his ribs are broken, his lungs were punctured and are completely collapsed, and all of the bones in his chest were shattered, a fragment created a leak and hole in his heart. He is on complete life support, unconscious and in a coma."-was the description on the website dedicated to Justin. In my mind there was no way this kid was waking up.

Then the prayers started. Everyone that knew him, and many that didn't, started to pray everyday. A Prayer page was set up on facebook with almost 2000 attending, area churches added the boys to their prayer list and a vigil was held at the Tresedder home in Kingsford. And it worked. Justin woke up, recognized his family and asked about his friends injuries. "EVERYONE CELEBRATE! JUSTIN JUST WOKE UP! HE'S GOT A LONG WAY TO RECOVERY BUT HE IS BACK WITH US ALL. PRAISE GOD! I GOT MY BABY BACK!"- was the latest entry on the message board. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Miracles are possible if you believe in god and ask for his help. Please keep praying for the Heupel and Trulock families. They still have a long road ahead of them.


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