Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Power of Luck



Regular readers will know my elder daughter nearly died in an accident on Memorial Day ( ICU ). Since then she's finished all her therapy regimens, and can drive again. She's about 80% of her old self, and gradually recovering. However, she lives at home (instead of being in school at the College of Charleston) and is on some meds. Before the accident she had applied for summer work at 5 places, but by the time she was employable again, all the positions were filled. She hasn't been able to get a job, and she's been feeling down about her circumstances.

Last night at my Knights of Columbus business meeting I asked everyone to pray for my daughter's full recovery. Our Insurance Agent, Steve Miller (the other Steve Miller) was sitting next to me, wasn't up on her story, so I filled him in. He said he'd sure pray for her, probably thinking as I used to, there but for the Grace of God....

About 4:00 this afternoon I got a Catechism-related email from Steve (we're both catechists). At the end of the email he wrote, "I have been thinking about Francie since I woke up this morning. All the LeBlancs are in our prayers."

At about 4:30 Francie came in and asked if she could borrow some money to buy some dressy clothes. Umm yeah, I guess, what are they for? Well, she just got back from calling on the place she most wanted to work for back before Memorial Day, and they hired her to start tomorrow as the hostess! The daughter is so re-energized and optimistic, I think she may have recovered to 85% in about an hour.

The power of...you know.


At the top, Francesca and Alexandra about 9 years ago.

10 comments:

Kindred Spirit said...

The power of prayer never ceases to amaze us, though perhaps it shouldn't after all. Our Blessed Lord has told us that if we truly believe, then He will give us whatever we ask of Him. Surely your friend has great faith, which is God's gift above all gifts. I rejoice at the happy news of your daughter's recovery! May Almighty God continue to bless you and your family.

Magister Christianus said...

Christian... God be praised indeed! I know that this has been every bit as difficult, albeit in different ways, for you and your wife as it has been for your daughter. May the Lord continue to hold you all in the palm of His hand.

Marc Cardaronella said...

So awesome that that the prayer of someone so late in the game and farther from the family than you brought an answer from God. I often wonder if it's the prayers of people I don't even know that might make the difference, or perhaps the grace of someone suffering halfway around the world and offered up in prayer that God might apply to me to give strength.

kkollwitz said...

"an answer from God"

Thankfully not the answer Jesus got in Gethsemane.

RAnn said...

Thanks be to God@

Carol@simple_catholic said...

Praising God that your daughter is recovering and doing well. Will continue to pray for a full recovery.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

May God continue to bless your family and improve your daughter's health. He has a special job for her in this life or He wouldn't have snatched her from the jaws of death.

kkollwitz said...

"He has a special job for her in this life or He wouldn't have snatched her from the jaws of death."

We tell her this very thing...she finds it less compelling than we do, but time will tell.

evanscove said...

Amen! And thanks be to God. It's not the power of prayer, but the power of our Lord to whom we pray.
:-)

I'm glad to hear about her recovery and this additional unexpected blessing. May she and your family continue to be blessed.

Evan

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

I'm so glad she is doing better. I have complete sympathy for a child in the ICU. My daughter has been in PICU's 3 times, and she's not even 4 years old. I know it's a scary, scary, and extremely stressful experience.