Monday, August 22, 2011

Our Holy Ground: Part 2

To comprehend the magnitude of the miracles that only Almighty God brought forth each to preserve the life of Karl Hujus the day of the tragic motorcycle accident, we are compelled to tell this 
very personal, sobering and traumatic story.  


If you have missed Our Holy Ground: Part 1, 
we kindly ask, out of respect and love 
for each of the persons involved 
 that before you read Part 2 {below},
you would first read the pre-story
entitled 
{click on red to read}


Our Holy Ground


followed by  


Our Holy Ground - Part 1
{and then come back and and read part 2}

Thank you so much!!


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Our Holy Ground - Part 2
{This is lengthy, so again, please don't skim.
 God's attention to exacting detail is just too amazing to miss!}

As Liz and Denise and Mike worked on Karl, he was a nameless stranger whose life they were fighting to save, 

until 

they cut off his shirt.

Suddenly, Liz {the ER nurse} realized 
that she recognized the tattoo 


on Karl's chest.

Liz, ER nurse and longtime friend of Vicki and Bob and their family, seeing Karl's tattoo realized that this must be Karl they were working on.  Liz, who also knows Christ as her Savior, was praying for Karl's life to be 
spared that day as the team worked. 

God's hand had been moving the events in these three strategic and medically gifted Good Samaritan's lives so that they would be at the scene at just the right moment on that rural two lane highway in Colorado.  And it is no surprise that Almighty God had also been working the night shift on Karl's behalf days prior so that the rescue could include others who would also perform strategic roles in Karl's MIRACLE of life.

The second person behind the accident scene 
was a man named Monty.  
Although not a medical person, 
Monty ran to where 
Liz, Denise {former EMT} and Mike {the out-of-state anesthesiologist}were working 
on Karl and began to pray over this accident victim 
{not realizing that in a round-about way,
 he, too, knew of Karl, 
having attended church for years with 
Karl's Aunt Lisa and Uncle Mark}.

Monty actually laid his hands on Karl briefly and 
prayed powerful words of life over him. 
Monty stood interceding for the three medical 
professionals who were working on Karl.  

Behind Monty had been two motorcycles.  
A husband and wife team, 
{David and Christine} 
out for a Sunday ride heading from Pagosa Springs
 toward Durango.  
They had watched the single bike riding up in 
front of them for miles.  
{They had no idea that it was Karl, 
they only knew it was another motorcyclist 
in front of some cars that were in front of them.} 

Just before the accident scene the road takes a few gentle curves as it winds through the National Forest and suddenly, as David and Christine went around one last curve they came upon the accident.  


The very motorcycle that they had seen ahead and followed for miles was now in a tragic accident with a car.   This married biker couple proceeded three miles to Bayfield and pulled off the road into a parking lot.  This was all too reminiscent for them.  David had been in a horrific accident himself and been in a coma just 15 months before!  


They got down on their knees in that Bayfield parking lot, weeping, begging God to spare the motorcyclist's life. 
 Little did they know, that it was Karl they were interceding for.  
David and Christine had known Karl and his family for years!  

And as the Pine Valley first responders arrived, 
one of the young women who attends our church has a brother, Michael, who was in the group responding.  
He arrived at the scene and began to pray for Karl too.  

Oh, the prayers that were already hitting 
heaven's throne on Karl's behalf.

"Lord, spare his life and raise him up!"

While waiting for MedFlight, Liz, the ER nurse, after recognizing Karl's tattoo, called Vicki {who was at church} and said, "Vicki, is Karl on his bike today?"  Liz would be the friend to tell Vicki that Karl had been in a horrific accident.  

And it was at that point {10:36am} that Vicki called Autumn,
 who was now waiting, alone, on our porch for Karl to come. 


At the church we pastor, first service had just ended.   I usually have my phone {set on silent} in my hand at all times at church.  It is supposed to vibrate, but the vibrate part of my phone is broken.  

As the crowd was dispersing, friends moving out of state had come to say good-bye to me and while talking to them
 by God's divine orchestration, I glanced down and noticed Autumn's name come up on CallerID.  Liberty happened to be standing near me and seeing Autumn's name a thought flashed through my head, 

"She and Karl are supposed to be here by now, 
why would she be calling?"

I turned to Liberty and handing her the phone said, 
"Honey, it's Autumn, could you see what she needs?"  

Turning away to answer it, instantly Liberty
 turned back to me with a 
horrified look on her face and 
shaking her head in complete disbelief, 
Liberty said, 

"Mom, I can't understand what she's saying, 
she's screaming so bad."  
{Even just typing that I want to throw up.}

Every parents worst nightmare.

Normal life.

Until one phone call changes everyone's world forever.

Grabbing the phone, all I could hear were guttural screams from Autumn.   I screamed back into the phone as loud as I could,

"Autumn!! 

 Autumn!

  I can't understand you. 

 Pleeeease!  

What's wrong?

Stop screaming!!

Just tell me!!


Just!


Tell!


Me.!"  

And at that point I heard through her terrified screams, 
only three things:

"Karl"

"Not Breathing Well"

"MedFlight"

followed by her even louder guttural pleas:

"HURRRRRRY MOM"

"MOOOOOM"

"HURRRRRRY"

"HURRRRRRY"

Knowing that Autumn had had her first boyfriend killed 
in a car accident as he headed to baseball practice 
on a sunny Sunday in July a few years back,  
I could not get to our precious blue-eyed girl fast enough! 


The day that Quinton was killed we all were forever changed.  I would describe Autumn as fragile in many ways.  Yes, she had moved on, but always looming not-so-far was the reality of her young life:  


someone you love can be gone in an instant.  

Upon hearing Autumn's terrified screams, although I had worn the highest high heels I own to church that morning, I grabbed my purse and Bible and started running down the aisle toward the back of the sanctuary, dodging people. 

I ran with as much speed as a grief-stricken 52 year old 
in stupid high heels can run.  
My eyes were darting about looking for Dw.  
As I approached the back of the sanctuary, 
I started to yell very loudly to no one in particular,

 "Where's Dw? Has anyone seen Dw? 
Where's Dw? Do you know where Dw is?" 

 I have no clue who I passed, all I saw was a sea of faces, also now wearing panicked looks as their eyes met mine for an instant and seeing my terror and hearing my loud pleas.

Someone said, "He's over there...." pointing in the direction of the hallway that leads to the outside door.  Running through the foyer, I turned toward the outside door and saw him.  When he saw my expression, his own turned to terror....
{I will never forget the look on his precious face.} 


I cried out, running right past him to the parking lot, 
"It's Karl! 
Motorcycle! 
Accident...
Not breathing well....
MedFlight"  


I didn't stop....
I ran across the parking lot
 crying. 


{Dw said he watched in disbelief as I almost got hit, 
I never even glanced for cars cruising
 from the road through the parking lot}

I had to be with our Autumn
and
I could not get to the hospital fast enough.


She could not be alone when the chopper arrived.

Emma got to the van and opened the passenger door 
as I climbed in and said, 
"Mom, do you want me to go with you?"

All I said was, 
"Jump in." 

One of our dearest friends, Justin, 
{and former police officer} 
was standing beside my car, 
he said, "Do you want me to drive you?" 
In hind sight I wish I had let him, 
but my only thought was that it would
 take longer for him to get in and me to move over...
every.second.mattered.  

Autumn 
could not be alone 
when MedFlight arrived. 

Justin made sure that no one was behind the van as I backed up.  I sped toward the hospital as Emma and I prayed aloud sobbing...

"Jesus, please, Jesus, please, please, please, 
please oh please Jesus spare Karl's life.
Heal Karl Lord, Heal him!"

The normal 15 minute ride from our church 
to the hospital seemed to take hours.
From our church the road snakes along the river....
I swear, it took an hour to just go along the river
{when in reality it is only about 3 minutes}
Time seemed to be standing still.
  
As I stated in an earlier post,
 the police stopped me on College Drive.  
I jumped out and ran to their car sobbing and
 telling them about Karl and 
I told the two officers that I was one of 
their police chaplains too.  
They motioned to me yelling, "Go!  Go!  Go!"

After the police stopped me,  I suddenly remembered that Stuart had been waiting with Autumn.  I phoned him.  He was on his way to church.  Through sobs I told him that Karl had been in an accident and was being MedFlighted.  


Stuart was beside himself with his own grief: he felt such tremendous guilt that he had left to head to our church and 
Autumn was alone when the life-shattering call had come in.  


Stuart is no stranger to horrific car accidents.  
When Stuart was in his early 20's his own mom and dad
 {who were my treasured youth leaders at the church
 I attended when I was in high school} 
were in a tragic car accident when a drunk driver 
had come up the off ramp of the freeway. 
Stuart's mom had died from a traumatic brain injury {TBI}.  
Stuart said he would meet us at the hospital.

When Emmy and I pulled into the ER parking lot next to the helicopter landing pad, there was Autumn, alone, bent over sobbing.  The helicopter was there on the pad.  
It had just landed.
{another miracle, she was not alone when they got Karl out}

Emma and I ran to Autumn who, sobbing out of control, 
lifted her arm pointing toward the helicopter, 
"That's him!  Inside!  That's him!"

Seriously sweet friends, this is every parent's nightmare.  But having lived through this with Autumn once before with Quinton, it was almost more than one could bear.  
I thought it must be a cruel dream, it was so surreal.  


This could not be happening again! 


We could not fathom that the precious young man we all know and we ALL love was inside the helicopter fighting for his life. 

Emma, Autumn and I held each other sobbing in the parking lot.  It felt like forever till they brought Karl out of the helicopter.  I had never seen someone come out of the MedFlight chopper, but I thought they would go to a hidden elevator or something.  Instead they walk the patient right along the sidewalk where we stood.  {Really?  I am still sooo dumbfounded by that.} We moved for them to get passed.  I could see his face.  His coloring was not good, but his face looked so perfectly handsome.

His feet were bloody and gashed
{and remember, he'd had cowboy boots on.}

I called, sobbing, to him, "Karl!  Karl! We love you." 


I will also never forget the expressions 
on the MedFlight attendant's faces.  
Reading their faces, 
I knew Karl's injuries were beyond serious.   

We were a crumpled ball, standing there, the three of us, clinging to each other, me praying aloud, Emma praying softly.
All three of us sobbing and sobbing. 

After they took Karl in a back door, we went inside the ER waiting room.  The place was full.  People were staring at us, no doubt, understanding that things were more than critical.  As I type this I just realized most inside the ER waiting room could see us through the windows.  Never thought of that till now. They could see MedFlight land, they could see the attendants bring Karl out of MedFlight too.  They could also read the expressions on the MedFlight's attendants faces.

Autumn sat down, shaking uncontrollably and sobbing.  
I huddled over her rubbing her back and 
desperately pleading for a miracle,
 wisdom for the doctors, 
life-saving mercy from Almighty God...
all while crying my eyes out.

How could Karl's life be hanging in the balance?
I'm sure I was in shock too.
This could not be happening.
He was on his way to pick up Autumn for church!
How could this be real?
We all love him so much.


One minute planning our extra-fun family day with all the big kids and all their significant others, the little ones...later that night all of us driving to Pagosa Springs to attend a party for Karl's Aunt Lisa and Mark who were leaving in 4 days for Kenya to serve the orphans.....and the very next minute 
wondering if Karl is even going to live.


How could this be happening to our Karl?
How could this be happening again to our daughter?

We sat there for a few minutes, but I began to realize I was going to vomit.  About that time Stuart arrived. 
 {Stuart and I have been friends for over 40 years.  
He is a neurologist in Phoenix with a huge private practice and dozens of employees and several offices.} 


 I could not think at all so I went to the desk to ask where the restroom was.  She pointed to an open door literally next to where I was standing.  And another one in the opposite direction some 10 feet away.  She didn't understand though.  I needed a different bathroom because I did not want the entire ER waiting room to hear me throwing up.  

Stuart said he would help me find the bathroom.  We went out in the hallway, and although I have been to the hospital dozens and dozens of times, I could not even think which way to turn.  

At that moment, the outside door opened and there stood a casual friend who knows Christ.  She was with her twin sister.  This friend saw my face and said, "Are you okay?"  I told her briefly through my crying....her twin said, "Let me hug you" 
{Remember I'm a physical touch girl, 
so I needed that hug so bad!} 
and my friend started praying for Karl's life.  

Back in the ER one of the ladies waiting with her husband to see a doctor came to me and whispered through tears, 
"We are praying." 
{I had never seen the woman before.} 

Those two people in the ER, {one a casual friend, the other a complete stranger} sent as ministering angels, 
 by Almighty God to minister to us
 and pray for Karl, 
that day in the ER waiting room.  














And little did we know at that time, 
but the chaplain on duty at the hospital that day 
was a firm believer in the Healing Power of Almighty God!  
When Karl arrived this Chaplain
 {who is also a friend of Dw's}
 immediately anointed Karl with oil
 and prayed for life and God's healing power over him!

Absolutely amazing- yet another ministering angel sent by the Lord.










All of a sudden a thought came to my mind....I went to the ER desk and told them that our friend, Stuart, was a neurologist and willingly was offering his services.  


Although our hospital does have a trauma unit, 
 it is NOT a Brain Injury Trauma unit - 
our friend Stuart could read all the tests
{God's ministering angels - coming from Phoenix, as well!} 

ONLY ALMIGHTY GOD 

Stuart had not come to visit us for a full year 
{he was the friend who was here last year when we were waiting for the click of the SiteMeter to go over a million visits from bloggy friends!  Remember that?}


It was definitely no accident or coincidence that he was here!

About four days before the accident, Stuart had texted us to see if we wanted a little company over the week-end.  He, literally, drove up from Phoenix {8 hours} to just spend 24 hours hanging out with our family {see how much he loves us?!} 


Stuart had thought it was his idea to come visit - but clearly God had something else in mind!!  


Little did Stuart know that the Lord God Almighty - 
maker of heaven and earth 
was orchestrating events in Phoenix
so that Karl would have his own personal neurologist 
in the ER 
when he was MedFlighted in to our hospital here in Colorado.


I still am amazed and dumbfounded by the all the miracles and ministering angels God had clearly orchestrated that day.  Almighty God had moved in two different states where Stuart and Mike live, to be certain that both were in Colorado on Sunday, July 17th.   Sweet friends, we could not have planned it to transpire like it did - even if we had had years to figure it out.  He truly is the Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God who loves us soooo much!

Before long Graham, Savannah and Dw arrived at the ER as well. 
They had all been crying. 

I was praying for Bob and Vicki and the boys as they came.  They had a full hour to drive and they would have to pass the accident scene and traffic was backed up for miles.

Remember it's only a two lane highway from Pagosa to Durango!

Bob and Vicki arrived and they took Autumn back with 
them to see Karl, who was unconscious.  

I got on my phone and typed a very broken blog post to you, my sweet bloggy friends.  You were the first I wanted to know! We desperately needed prayer and I knew you sweet friends - living around the world - were the ones who would drop to your knees
 and start interceding!!

They immediately invited Stuart back to meet 
with the trauma surgeon.

The surgeon graciously showed Stuart the entire CT scan.  The trauma doctor in the ER that day was not hopeful upon reading Karl's CT scan.  


BUT Stuart begged to differ.  He had seen many patients with the same amount of bleeding in the brain not just make it - but thrive! 


The ER doctor talked of sending Karl to Denver.  BUT Stuart made it clear - Karl needed to get to a neurosurgeon immediately.  Stuart told him that Karl would not make it if he was sent to Denver.  {Transporting to Denver would take at least 3 hours.} 
He had to go somewhere closer.    

Karl needed neurosurgery NOW at the closest unit.

And just an hour and 20 minutes away {by car} 
in Farmington, New Mexico 
is a trauma center with a neurosurgeon
{which is a short chopper flight}.


It was decided then that Karl would go to Farmington, NM.  

Karl's brothers arrived and went in to see him.

And everyone prepared for Karl to be MedFlighted to 
San Juan Regional Medical Center
in Farmington, New Mexico.

Karl's bud, Andrew, arrived at the hospital and offered to drive Autumn to Farmington.  They left immediately.  She wanted to be at the hospital when the helicopter arrived. 

At our church, after I had ran to the car, my dear friend Megan offered to take the kids for us.  She even had extra car seats in the car and I not even thought about having just taken all the car seats as I sped to the hospital.


Such a blessing my dear Megan is - a true friend 
{Good Samaritan and Ministering Angel!} 
who would truly do anything to help. 
 She gathered them all and took them to my mom's 
apartment and eventually Dw's bud, Jerry,
 came and drove the kids home.  
{Jerry, Dw's best bud, Jerry's always another 
Good Samaritan and Ministering Angel}. 
Graham and Savannah would watch the kids.  

Stuart drove Dw and I to the hospital in New Mexico.
Josh drove our car with Emma as they followed behind.

As soon as MedFlight got Karl to San Juan, he was taken in for immediate brain surgery - putting a shunt in.  
They had to get the blood out of the brain. 

The neurosurgeon at the hospital in New Mexico allowed Stuart to come in and see the new tests.  The neurosurgeon even gave Stuart his cell number: "If you have any questions, at all, about Karl, just call me."


 Stuart: one of our closest, dearest and longest known friends, longtime neurologist - allowed to see all of Karl's tests and allowed to give life-saving input to a trauma surgeon in Durango whom he had never met before!


Miracles abounding.
On.every.front.   
Simply a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
Completely God.


Do you see how our loving and gracious God had been orchestrating events to save Karl's life?  
How Almighty God works the night shift on our behalf?


It wasn't until I was writing all of this out that the Lord brought something else to mind:


If Karl did not have the "TRUST" tattoo on his chest,
If Liz had not known Karl,
If Liz had not been at the scene,
If Liz had not previously seen Karl's tattoo,
If Liz did not have Vicki's cell phone number in her phone,
Those at the scene would have had to search for who Karl was,
Slowing down the ability to accurately identify him,
 In turn slowing down the ability to locate Vicki,
Which would have prohibited Vicki from phoning Autumn immediately,
Which would have prevented Stuart from being at the ER when 
the life-saving decision was being made as to where to send Karl for neurosurgery!


God's plans defy all odds. 
God's plans supercede all logic. 
God's miracles mystify all human reasoning.
God's plans trump eve
ry single human plan.
Every single time!


.All credit and honor and glory go to God!
He, alone, is worthy of all praise!

And so began a round-the-clock Prayer Vigil for the most crucial and critical 72 hours we've ever known.   Begging Jehovah Rapha {the God who heals} to spare Karl's life and raise him up to bring honor and glory only to Him.

I think there are times when it is easy to wonder where the Lord is in a tragedy?  Yet, when we stop to look, we can see His hand clearly every step of the way that day.  

How could it be that three people who believe in the power of Almighty God and that He does indeed answer prayer, were the first three on the accident scene?  And not only do they have personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they each had the exact medical expertise necessary to perform life-saving measures 
to save Karl's life.

ONLY GOD
could supercede all the events that made it necessary for each person to be where they were that day.  He alone would orchestrate each ones day to put them on a rural stretch of road in Southwestern Colorado

together:


Liz {the ER nurse}
Denise {the former EMT}
Mike {the out-of-town-just-here-on-vacation anesthesiologist}
Monty {a Good Samaritan who stopped to pray}
David and Christine {2 bikers who went to kneel and pray}
Michael {a responder who began to pray immediately}

right when Karl needed each of them 
for their very specific role
 on that rural two lane highway near 
Bayfield, Colorado....


and then, 


beginning at the hospital


Stuart {a neurologist from Phoenix and longtime close personal friend of ours}
Beth and her twin {who ministered to me and started praying}
the unknown lady in the ER waiting room {who sat praying for Karl}
the Chaplain at the hospital that day {who anointed Karl}
the family, friends, churches, prayer chains and bloggy world {who immediately began to intercede}


only  

Almighty God.

And that is why we call Him our:

Miracle-working, 

Mountain-moving, 

Awe-inspiring, 

Gasp-giving God. 

He alone is worthy to be praised!!

Please join us in thanking the Lord for His exquisite provision that day to provide extraordinary ministering angels who would partner together for the life of  
Karl William Hujus.

Part 3 to come {in the days ahead}

56 Simply Sweet Words:

  1. In tears reading all of the SPECIFICS! THANK YOU FATHER for sparing Karl's life!

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  2. Amazing! Only God could do all that planning and arranging! Praying for Karl and you daughter even now! My God's healing power continue to amaze and heal in each situation!

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  3. Absolutely amazing! It really truly is. I can't believe there's a whole other part three! Joining you in thanking God for his amazing provision and healing mercies. What a priviledge it's been to pray along with you for Karl and to hear about his progress along the way. What a powerful testimony!!

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  4. Absolutely incredible testimony to the power of our God. What an increbible list of miracles. I had goosebumps reading this. Hugs

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  5. Wow! You had me in tears watching how God had this so detailed and planned out.

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  6. Oh. My. Wow.

    No words really.

    Just in awe of our God.

    Brooke
    www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

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  7. Linny. this account is just so amazing! I am literally in floods of tears reading it. I wish I had of pushed through being ill to sign up more on the vigil the last few weeks... you guys are able to face so much, with the Lord, it inspires me and it calls me to question where my priorities are. love to you x

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  8. Linny,
    I got chills just reading this... Our God is an AWESOME GOD!!!!!
    Praying for complete healing for Karl. Do you have a update on yesterdays post about Liberty?? Been and will continue praying for your family.
    Janet

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  9. Praise Almighty God! Only God! Still praying for Karl. There is NO WAY anyone could have planned that day...only God! It is really hard to believe when you look at the big picture. God is amazing! Love, hugs and prayers to all!

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  10. The tears have not stopped falling as I read this. Oh our God is so gracious to us. Thank you for testifying to God's power and direction. He is so amazing

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  11. Sometimes things are just so unexplainable.

    We are left wondering why events happen, but His hand in it all is so evident.

    The important thing is to "trust" without leaning on our understanding. Like what Karl's tattoo says :)

    Thanking the Lord for showing that He loves Karl throughout all this, and for people, the good Samaritans, who care. :)

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  12. Praising God for his BEAUTIFUL plan...

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  13. Reading this has me crying and chills running up and down my body. It has me amazed and humbled by God's mighty power and love for his children...for Karl..It is definitely a story that needs telling, Linny...Over and Over....a miracle!
    Our son Matt's friend and fellow police officer Tron was hit by a drunk driver in a large pick up while directing traffic and has sustained a brain injury. I was reminded of Karl and the prayer vigil for him and have been praying for both karl and Tron today....May God bring health and healing to both men... in Jesus name.

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  14. What a truly amazing, all powerful God we serve and worship!!

    The timing of the accident and phone calls also allowed Dw to leave between services AND half the church knew what was going on so they were immediately praying as well!

    So thankful for our awesome Savior! Seeing these details of everything He orchestrated makes me wonder why we so often question God and his timing? The situations we find ourselves in {like Karl's} may not be easy to deal with but how amazing to see how God was in control every.single.moment.

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  15. Hi there :) I do not even know how I found your blog (only God!) but I found it the very day of Karl's accident and since then have been following closely and PRAYING!!!! Reading this post, all I could do is weep and thank God for his sweet faithfulness to us!!! I am continuing to stand and agree with you for COMPLETE healing!!!
    With Love,
    Jessica Gunn
    Sarasota, Florida

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  16. Linny,

    Wonder how many people were praying for Karl BEFORE you ever blogged or BEFORE help even got TO him.......

    Years ago when I was little it was ingrained in me that when you hear a siren you pray for the persons involved and the situation kinda like "God please give the hurt person peace and healing and the emergency works the knowledge and wisdom to help"

    Felt like God reminded me of that today even thought its been a GREAT habit for years. So maybe there were people praying and lifting up Karl's situation before anyone knew anything other then hearing the siren.... The power of prayer such a AWESOME thing!!!

    I know I commented earlier but I had to leave and while on the road I had heard a siren and prayed and thats when I felt God reminded me of it and I wanted to share with you.

    Janet

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  17. Just realized in my first comment I asked if you had an update on the post from yesterday and I accidently said Liberty I ment Jubilee sorry about that!
    Janet

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  18. God is so good. I don't have much more to say, except that. He is SO good. SO GOOD. SO, SO GOOD. Thank you for writing the amazing testimony and for allowing us to share in praying for this precious brother (and your daughter, too!). GOD IS SO GOOD. I love Him. And I know you know this, but He loves you all SO MUCH.

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  19. What a moving post. I have goosebumps! God is SO good! What a spectacular testimony of God's sovereignty. Praising Jesus tonight in Ohio!

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  20. crying. wow. spectacular. a-maz-ing. praisin' Jesus right now...
    thank you for sharing your holy ground.

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  21. This is the most amazing story of our amazing God. So thankful you are so real and share this with us. I am so moved by this and am going to have my own praise party right here in my kitchen. I am just blown away at how much you guys faced that day and at the same time how He was placing His hands all over Karl and everyone involved. I know I saw your requests that day right when you posted and I began praying for Karl and have not stopped. Thank you Jesus for what you have done and what you will do through Karl and all the others. And how about this...weeks before when I was praying for you guys about something God had put Autumn specifically on my heart to pray. I did not know why and I just obeyed and started praying for her. How awesome is that. Love you guys. L

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  22. Simply amazing is all I can say. Praise God for all miracles great and small. Still praying for you all here in Texas.

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  23. Wow - no words, just - Wow. What an amazing God we serve. How can we ever doubt that He loves us, cares for us and protects us?

    Thanks for sharing your heart, and your story, with us.

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  24. Linny- thank you so much for sharing this truly miraculous story with us! I have cried with you, prayed with you, and stood in awe of Gods goodness with you during this past month. I know that after this "storm" subsides--there will be an indescribable rainbow! Continuing to pray for you all!

    Love and hugs-- Char

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  25. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Words cannot express the feeling of witnessing such a miracle.

    If I may ask...what happened to the drivers of the car that was involved in the accident? for the last few days, they have weighed on my heart.

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  26. All those people, all those prayers all coming together at just the right time is GOD in all His power.God is so good! COntinuing to pray here in MO.
    Leveta

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  27. So powerful to see all those events written down. Only God.

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  28. simply lovely, simply powerful, simply impossible for anyone but our God! Thank you for sharing, what a wonderful testimony. Continued prayers for Karl and all of you and for Jubilee.

    Karen

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  29. wow, Linny.
    all i can say is "thank you Jesus!"
    Still praying for Karl down here in NW Florida. We are rejoicing for all the ways God has been orchestrating Karl's path to complete healing.
    Blessings to you all!
    and thank you for sharing.

    love,
    Alycia

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  30. Oh. My. Word. Thank you so much for sharing this. It's so encouraging and yes, awe inspiring. Only God.

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  31. WOW...the first thing that came to my mind when reading this was a very old song..."Get all excited, Go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is King!" It will be so amazing for Karl to read this and really understand how the God of the Universe so loved and cared for him that day. Praying!

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  32. so glad he is doing better:o)
    I think I will add a prayer for you fingers...LOL they must be worn down from this post:o)

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  33. such a blessing to read all of this. and thanks for taking the time to share in detail- all the tiny details that God was orchestrating. His will was not for the accident to happen, but He was there when it did happen and He was and is using it for the glory of HIS NAME. continuing to pray for Karl and all of you.

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  34. Linny, you really put us there with you; I cried when I read that first email after the accident, but I sobbed through this difficult, amazing story. Wow.
    Praising God for His faithfulness, His goodness, His provision for Karl and for all of you. Thank you for sharing. Continuing to pray for Karl here in the NE.

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  35. Thank you again for sharing such a deeply personal account of how faithful our God has been to you. To go through such tragedy and give all glory to God is awesome. Still praying for Karl!

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  36. God is so amazing!!! You had me in tears rejoicing with you over His goodness. Praying for complete recovery for Karl. Thank You Jesus!!!
    Love and prayers,
    jenn H

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  37. O Linny, As I read through you post again the tears flow!! Our God is so amazing. I continue to lift karl up in prayer. I just know that God is going to continue to heal Karl! Please know that I am also praying for you and your family!
    Shanna

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  38. Linny,

    That is SO beautiful and amazing...for such a time as this...I am so encouraged reading that...knowing God brought all of that about for a purpose...
    Autumn has been so heavy on my heart as well...please let her know we are praying for her as well!
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is a blessing to share in a hard time with you to the praise and glory of our Heavenly Father who is only good all the time!
    Love to you all!
    C~

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  39. Truly amazing! I continue to pray for complete healing for Karl.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  40. WOW! Thank You Jesus for your hand on Karl! Janet

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  41. AMAZING GOD.
    Amazing story.
    Amazing details.
    Amazing healing taking place.

    Oh Lord, thank you for covering every single unimaginable detail. For putting every single person exactly where they needed to be, when they needed to be there. Thank you for holding Karl. For healing Karl, day by day. Thank you Lord. Thank you, in Jesus' mighty healing name, Amen!

    Love you Linny, thank you for making the time to tell of the mighty things He has done! Again, and again, and again!

    Tina ~ xo

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  42. even though i couldn't figure out how to join the prayer vigil early on, (not sure what happened there) i have had my own prayer vigil these past few weeks for karl and all who love him...waking to feed the baby, i would think of karl first...brushing my teeth, he would pop in my head...driving, karl again, time to pray....

    so even though i didn't get to put my name down for a specific hour, please know a complete stranger was constantly thinking and praying about your loved ones,,,only through the power of God to heal him

    thank you for keeping us all posted on his status but mostly, for being so steadfast and on fire about our heavenly father- you have a gift of bringing the obvious love and power of Him to our eyes that we sometimes, usually, don't really think of...

    continuing to pray in silence here in jacksonville, fl

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  43. Bawling my eyes out at how God provided for so many needs in this situation. Thank you, Abba Father! Love and blessings to you all.
    Teresa

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  44. Yet again I am overwhelmed and humbled by God's mercies.

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  45. Wow. I had to stop and get tissues. God is awesome. Thank you for sharing, even though I'm sure it was difficult. Continued prayers for Karl and both families!

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  46. tears and goosebumps...God is pretty cool!

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  47. God is so good! I am in awe of His hand in every detail of Karl's accident and life.

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