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Faith Can Move Mountains
By Helen C. Downey
Saturday, July 16, 2005

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Faith Can Move Mountains


Many individuals appear to never have any faith in their religion or what some refer to as ‘The Maker Above’, until something comes along to drastically alter their thinking. A tragic event happened before Sara’s parents opened their eyes to that word called ‘Faith’. After the crisis was over her family found going to church every Sunday was now going to be a permanent event.

Sara’s mom and dad went to church when they felt like it, if ever. Young couples even today feel that they have little time to get up every Sunday morning and yet it seemed harder in the 1950’s to attempt to dress four children and themselves properly for church. The dread of having to walk the three fourths of a mile was pure agony with young children ranging from six years to nine months. Pride prevented Sara’s parents from ever asking for a ride from a neighbor or a relative that just happened to be going to the same church.

Things drastically changed when the five year old Sara fell from a flight of stairs going up to a second story apartment. She had to wear her Grandma’s high heeled shoes and climb the steep outside stairs to show her girl friend. How proud she was to wear those special shoes…little did she realize that she would miss making it to the top landing by four steps.

Just as she was going to step up to the fourth step to the landing with her right foot her left ankle weakened causing her to loose her balance. There was only a thin railing with no spindles in between to break her fall. Her tiny grip snapped freeing her to fall from the second story on to a cement sidewalk.

By the time the ambulance arrived she was in a coma. After being taken to the tiny community hospital after many tests it was revealed that she had a compound fractured skull, a concussion, a fractured left hip, and a blood clot behind her left ear. Doctors gave little hope for any recovery. They informed the family that praying was all that would help. Of course doctors never like to be truthful, they want to give some hope, so they told them it would be a miracle if their daughter woke up let alone be normal.

Sara’s parents called a priest to administer last rites as their religious beliefs recommended at a time such as this one. Their daughter did indeed receive the sacraments but continued to remain in a coma. Around the clock vigils were held at the bed side by friends and family, while priests from Sara’s Moms’ parish took twelve hour shifts to comfort family and close friends. On the afternoon of the third day she opened her eyes and saw her parents, recognizing them at once. Doctors rushed in and more tests were completed to verify that she was indeed 100% normal. Of course she would have a headache for awhile, but that would lesson each day as her head healed.

It was from those three days of praying to saints and the almighty one above that gave them the faith to believe in miracles and that religion in their life was important and needed to be practiced weekly if not on a daily basis.

Today Sara is a healthy individual who has gone far in life. Her accomplishments include BSA in teaching, Certified in Psychology and Mental Health, and an author of several self healing books.


Copyright ©7/3/2005 HCD

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Reviewed by John Domino 3/3/2013
Praise the Lord for His miracles!

Wonderful story!

Thank you for sharing!

In Christ love,

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Janice Scott 5/13/2011
An inspirational story indeed, Helen, and it sounds as though it could be a report from real life rather than fiction. Thank you for sharing.
Reviewed by Manny Bermas 5/9/2011
Hello Helen,
I love your story. Yes, people learn about the power of the Lord only when they are in great trouble.
God Bless.
Reviewed by PENNY CALLAHAN 12/31/2010
Hello Helen Bless you for sharing your story. The LORD for sure want stories like this to be told.for miracle,s still happen everday. The LORD lives so miracle,s still happpen. This Miracle the LORD knew would happen.Miracle,s are for the glory of GOD.Sara will forever be blessed & her family as the result of her healing GOD bless you one and all& peace unto you.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 9/7/2009
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/20/2009
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by KJ Jacobs 1/10/2009
Hello Helen, Thanks for your story. Faith can definitely move mountains! I am a walking miracle myself. It's a shame that some people have to attribute miraculous healing to something "we" did. What a mighty God we serve! KJ Jacobs
Reviewed by Monika Arnett-Cochran 7/23/2006
Bravo! Embracing with friendly greetings....
Reviewed by Betty Torain 7/22/2005
Yes Faith can move mountains. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story Helen. I'm happy to say my faith is in God. And He has done many wonderful things in my life. He loves all people. Thanks, Love Betty.
Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 7/18/2005
I believe faith is the only thing that works, but it doesn't have to be faith in a God or religion. Faith in self, faith in good karma, faith in balance, faith in anything creates a positive attitude and positive attitudes make anything better.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/18/2005
very moving story, helen; very well done! brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 7/17/2005
This is a well-written and moving story, Helen. There is much truth in your words in regards to how many do not accept or grasp their spiritual side until some tragic event occurs. While a shame that they, at that point, had missed so much, it is better that they found themselves than to have remained lost for eternity.
Thank you for sharing this story,

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