Monday, June 3, 2013

Calgary Cousins Praising God!

I woke  up in the middle of the night...
I was dreaming....
my mind was singing....
a post was being written...

I had just finished spending four days in Calgary celebrating life.
And these are the words that were singing through my dream.

You see....

on April 16, 2013, my niece Denice collapsed at her teaching post.
She had a cardiac arrest....and no one really knew how long the lapse was.
Was it 5 minutes?  Was it 10 minutes?
The emergency response team (ERT) was there with in minutes.
Meanwhile staff helped administer CPR.

Gerri, my cousin, who's worked as a clinical educator for many years,
 was working in the hospital that day when she received the dreaded call.
Her worst nightmare....
her daughter, Denise lay lifeless in the ER ward.
defibrillator paddles...
a faint heart beat...
a glimmer of hope???
life support...
induced coma...
 family quietly moved in and out.

"Will she be the same Denise again?"

We waited patiently as her husband, Paul kept us updated on FB.
He streamlined his thoughts every few minutes and hours.
At times, he had us all crying and laughing at the same time.

May 22, 2013.
Denise is home again!
(right side)
Enjoying a sister day with Val.

Her children were 'celebrating the home coming of their mother'
Signs in the front window indicated that she was coming home again.
Over the last five weeks, medical procedures and steps were taken to give a full recovery.
The ERT came back to visit and let Denise know that she is one of the few
that survived this kind of ordeal.
There is a long road to recovery, but she is the Denise that we all know.

Of course this called for a huge CELEBRATION!
Sunday, May 26, 2013. we had the privilege of worshiping together in church.

We all gathered together in Gerry's tiny home for lunch with her family.
Eight little grandchildren gathered around the table.

As you can see...there is lots of action with these little ones.
Family members were busy cutting the meat, wiping their hands,
encouraging them to eat their food.
Children ate first, then washed up and went down stairs to watch videos.
Meanwhile the adults ate in peace and quietness in the next room. 

During the next few days, we just hung out..
babies, big cousins, little cousins.

There were two tiny ones...
I tried to give comfort while the sisters giggled and chatted.

A day trip to the mountains...was soothing for all of us
as we were reminded, so many times that life is fragile,
and most of all to know that God is in control...

Be still, and know that I am God
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 36:10

If I could orchestrate my dream to you right now...
you would all be cued in at various times with four part harmony,
(you know how they sing the Hallelujah rendition at the mall at Christmas?)
Imagine us singing this song together from all corners of the earth.

We have truly witnessed a miracle and continue to celebrate God's Love.


  1. Marg! I'm singing Alto from my place in the choir! What a beautiful story about your cousins. Denise is beautiful. You look alike. It is so wonderful to see her smiling face. Having prayed for her during those early days, I am so thankful to see how God answered prayer. It is a miracle. Praise God!

  2. Rejoice and celebration time indeed!!'
    I can't help but think your celebration time was a glimpse of heaven, where all those who were in danger of death proved to be alive and completely well after all. Isn't that exactly our hope in Christ played out? With endless music and choruses of praise!

  3. We prayed from here in the valley, and now I will sing this song of praise from here in the valley.

  4. Such an incredible answer to prayer - God was gracious and merciful and we praise HIM!

  5. Praise God for sure Marg. Amen and amen. One day we'll hear the praises ring from every corner!

  6. It's so exciting to hear of miracles like this. Definitely a time to be praising God from whom all blessings flow!

  7. AnonymousJune 03, 2013

    Thanks so much for posting that celebration, Marg! We were praying in Langley as well. God is good. All the time. I recognize Gerry's little kitchen. Irene K

  8. I'm joining you in song...the alto line, of course! Praise God for answered prayer for Denise...a miracle, for sure.

  9. What an amazing story. I firmly believe in miracles and the power of prayer. Alleluia! I'm singing the soprano, loud and with joy.

  10. Marg... I also say Praise God along with you and your Calgary cousins!
    An answer to prayer.A miracle for sure! Thank you for the photos. Those little ones in the book on your potato page will always remind us to give thanks.

  11. That is truly a miracle for Denise and your family! Sweet family photos to commemorate the blessing.

  12. I hope I'm not too late to sing (alto) from my corner too. What a wonderful story of restoration and recovery of your loved one. What a miracle indeed! I will be humming this beautiful praise hymn all day today. Huge hugs!!

  13. Aunt CathyJune 05, 2013

    I can hear the harmony and I'm joining in alto. Praise God forsure! How thankful we are for this beautiful miracle in our family. We love you Denise, Paul & all the family.

  14. AnonymousJune 08, 2013

    Miracles still happen today. Sheryl


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