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Monday, December 9, 2013

Holidays are a Time for Miracles

Holidays are a Time for Miracles

Miracle and 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life are two of my favorite movies during the holiday season because they celebrate miracles that happen in our lives. Have you ever had a miracle happen to you? I did!

My mom had a medical condition called Neurocardiogenetic Syncope. Basically the big word means she passes out and her heart could stop. There are triggers. The person’s brain thinks that the heart isn’t getting enough blood and pulls all the blood toward the heart causing a blackout. One day my mom, who was only 45, was washing her hair under the faucet at the bathroom sink. She stood up and walked up the five stairs to the living room. When she reached the top, she passed out. Her heart stopped. My father was there and gave her CPR while my sister called 911. At the hospital, mom was in a coma. We were told that she wasn’t going to make it. She was on a ventilator and not breathing on her own. Vigils were conducted by her bedside. We tried everything to get a response from her. We brought in the dog’s collar and shook it so she’d think that her baby was there. We played music. We talked to her. We bargined with God and we prayed. The doctors said that there was damage to her brain.

One night, my father’s priest was brought into the ICU and placed in a room across from my mom. The priest had a heart attack. He was ready to leave this world after a long and happy life. His family was by his side. They were ready to let him go, but only asked one thing…They wanted him to let them know that he was in heaven. Just as the priest passed away, my mom woke up, alert and trying to talk. She recognized us. The priest’s family heard the commotion and came over. They told us what was said and what happened. They believed it was a sign that he had arrived in heaven. To this day, I count this as a miracle. I was fortunate to have my mom for ten more years because of the priest’s sign to his family.

I want to hear about your miracles. Have any happened to you? I’ve used a piece of this story in my holiday book-A Christmas Accident. At only $0.99, it’s a wonderful read for the holidays and will make you believe in miracles.

Expecting her first child, Sherri Wilder Davison wants nothing more than to spend time with her father over the holidays, but fate has a way of changing her best-laid plans.

Adam Davison is willing to do anything to make his pregnant wife happy. He will face hell to have her home for the holidays.

For Sherri and Adam, the holidays are a time of celebration and love, but this Christmas will be unlike any they have ever faced.

When a horrible blizzard causes an automobile accident that puts the lives of those Sherri loves on the line, can a Christmas miracle save them?


Rose Anderson said...

What a lovely story. It would make me believe in miracles too.

Melissa Keir said...

Thanks Rose. It certainly gave me chills. I hadn't believed until then.

Sandy said...

Melissa, this sounds like a wonderful story. Your choice in Christmas movies are the same as mine.

Yes, I believe in miracles. Our mother was dying of ovarian cancer. My sister, nieces and brother had divided the days and nights up for each of us to stay with her during her last weeks. In the last few days, we felt we should all stay with her around the clock.

One of those days early in the morning I was with her telling her how much I loved her even though she wasn't awake. All of a sudden her eyes popped open, and she said, "You know I love you." Then she asked me to get everyone to her side. I brought everyone telling them mom had something important to say. She did; she told everyone she loved them. That's one of many miracles I know of. It was only a couple of day before she departed.

PJ Sharon said...

I love amazing stories of miraculous recoveries. being in the health care field, I see and hear them all the time. I'm a firm believer in fate, destiny, and the power of love to conquer...even over death. Of course, that's why I'm a romance writer:-) Great story!

Tina Donahue said...

Wow, that's something, Melissa. Brought tears to my eyes. I haven't had anything remotely miraculous happen to me. Just grateful all my loved one are alive and well.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

What an amazing story! I do believe in miracles and the power of prayer. When my son was in Iraq, part of his job was to drive the Humvee. One day, he suddenly knew he had to slam on the brakes. As his sergeant started to yell, a RPG round passed in front of the windshield. When he called to tell me about it, the first thing he said was, "Mom, I know you've been praying for me."

Cara Marsi said...

Miracle on 34th St And It's a Wonderful Life are two of my favorites too.

What a beautiful story about your mother. It gave me chills. I do believe in miracles but I don't know of any that have happened to me. So glad your mother survived. Thanks for sharing.

Daryl Devore said...

Don't know that I've ever witnessed a miracle - other than the birth of my daughter. But yours is a wonderful miracle and thank you for sharing it.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Melissa! and oh my, what a miracle. A few days after Handsome was diagnosed with cancer, my thoughts were occupied with only him and his treatment and how how how... As I passed by the kitchen island, a warmth enveloped me and said, "It'll be okay."

I was comforted and wowed.

I love your movies too. I highly recommend "Millions." hugs

D'Ann said...

Absolutely stunning! And wonderful!

Karen McCullough said...

That's a wonderful story! I suspect we all see and experience many miracles, but we don't always recognize them.

Andrea Cooper said...

A wonderful story. I believe in miracles. I've had many in my life, but one was when my youngest son was born. He had the cord wrapped around his neck and meconium in the water. Every contraction, his heart rate was going down. I was only 7 cm. If we didn't have him soon, it would be either a c-section or worse.
The midwife moved my cervix out of the way and told me to push. I did. He was blue and not moving, but I had a sense of peace and knew it would be ok. They suctioned out his lungs and he was fine and is now a happy jumping 4yr old.

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment.

@Sandy- Your mom's miracle is a wonderful way to remember her.

@PJ- I'm sure in the health care field you see it a lot. What a valuable job!

@Tina-I'm glad that you have such a healthy family too!

@Ella- Wow...scary and so touching. Your son really knows how much you watch out for him.

@Cara- She survived for 10 more years. I was so lucky to have those years because she got to meet my children.

@Daryl- Miracles do happen. I didn't believe until this one happened to me.

@Vicki-That's scary but I'm so glad he is better!

@D'Ann- Thanks! :)

@Karen- I didn't realize how many until that day. Now I watch out for them, like driving on icy roads and making it home safely.

@Andrea- That's a scary event! I'm glad he's okay!

Paris said...


What a moving story, I can see why you believe in miracles. So glad you were blessed with ten more years with your mom.

Naomi Bellina said...

I always ask to see something beautiful at Christmas and by keeping my eyes and my mind open, I always do! Nice post.

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Paris. It was a little scary to go from coma to wide awake! We didn't think she would live.

I agree Naomi. We have to keep our eyes open!

Gemma Juliana said...

What a wonderful miracle, Melissa. I'm so glad your family had another decade with your dear mom.

My mother wanted to die in Ireland after a long battle with cancer. When we said goodbye, she said she'd let me know when she 'left'. About two weeks later as I stood in her kitchen drying dishes a thousand miles away, a little tile she had propped on the window sill threw itself face down on the counter. I picked it up and it said 'today is the first day of the rest of your life'... I knew she was gone and had stopped by to tap the tile on her way out. Ten minutes later my dad called to say she died ten minutes earlier.

I'm writing a story right now and this very scene is part of it, in honor of my mom.

Melissa Keir said...

What a touching memory Gemma. I had looked up at the sky on the day my mom died and noticed a bright ray of sunshine that hit my car. The clouds had opened and then I got the call. I miss her now.

Jill Hughey said...

Nice post, Melissa. I had an experience similar to Vicki where I was told things would be ok, accompanied by a sense of reassurance. It didn't all turn out the way I expected, but it was, indeed, ok.

Melissa Keir said...

Isn't it strange Jill that thing do still work out even if it isn't how we want them to at times!

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