Finding Hope - Diane

’s 83-year-old mother was hospitalized a few days before Hurricane Irma attacked Glynn County, Georgia. The hospital called Diane to inform her that all patients were being evacuated because of the county wide, mandatory evacuation.  Diane’s mom was the next call, “Sister, come and get me.  I’m not dying anywhere but home.” 

Under protest, Diane complied. When they got home the news reports worsened.  Diane begged her mom to leave.  Her reply, “Sister are you not a Christian?  Do you not have faith?  Then get on your knees and ask Jesus to help us.  Remember our pastor last year?  Before the hurricane struck in 2016, he went to the four corners of his property and prayed to protect his house.  The house was spared.

Diane followed her mother’s wishes.  Along with her husband they rode out the most horrific storm in a century.  The houses on both sides of hers were water damaged so badly it took 10 months to repair.  Diane’s house was saved.  Isn’t it ironic that this story was told to me the same month that I’m reading The Circle Maker which emphasizes circling any desire with prayer? Before I left, I gingerly asked if momma, who was hospitalized, was still with us.  “Oh yes” was Diane’s reply.  She’s back working two days a week in her church’s outreach store!

 - Jim Randazzo

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