Three years ago, I sent out a photo of my former student, Robbie and me to many of my Prayer Warrior friends. In the photo, Robbie’s smile was warm and radiant. Mine was one of great Joy. For my friends, the photo was a testament to the power of prayer.
You see, one year earlier, Robbie – a young woman who just won her school’s “Most Improved” Award – was the victim of a violent crime, a gunshot to the head. She was innocently playing with puppies when the gunman started firing.
Doctors gave her less than 24 hours to live.
Her parents were kind enough to let me visit her during those critical few hours. I will never forget the sight: her face swollen, her skull packed, 1/3 of it gone. I remember thinking: A teacher shouldn’t have to see this.
Though everyone around them was shaken – including the usually stoic Los Angeles Hospital medical crew, her parents had unwavering faith that Robbie would come out of this tremendous ordeal.
It was the first time I used the Internet to solicit prayers, and friends from across the nation confirmed prayers in Robbie’s name.
Today, if you met Robbie, you would only see a beautiful 20 year-old-girl standing before you. You have to know where to look to see any scar. And, unless you knew her before the incident, you wouldn’t recognize anything wrong with her at all.
Through Robbie, I witnessed a miracle! The photo I sent to all on my email list confirmed the power of prayer to all who got down on bended knee or sat quietly for a moment and asked God to help someone else other than themselves.
I share this story because the politicking has already started regarding the tragedy in Arizona.
Lunatics shoot people. Not Left-wingers or Right-wingers. Not Ultra Libs or Tea Partiers. Let’s please stop with the rhetoric and start with the prayers. Maybe if the nation sees a miracle like we saw with Robbie, we can all go back to realizing that we are all children of God – brothers and sisters are we – and the violence will finally end!