I held a miracle in my hands.
And this was what it looked like:
It’s an image of the Blessed Mother that was found on a leaf. I was fortunate enough to have seen it in person when it was brought during a prayer meeting. Here’s the article that was written about it from the Grand Forks Herald Newspaper:
” LEAF INSPIRES AWE by David Knutson, Herald Staff Writer, April 7, 2001.
Eyes widened and hands covered mouths in disbelief Friday as staff and patients at Altru Hospital’s renal dialysis unit filed into a small room to see the leaf.
The image on the leaf – found two years ago by Maurice Derosier of Red Lake Falls, Minn. – appears to be the form of the Virgin Mary, at least according to Derosier, 76, and his wife, Sybil, 71. It’s a short story, but it’s hard to believe, Maurice said. About two years ago, he was vacuuming his living room and discovered the brown leaf lying on the floor. As he started to crumple it up, he noticed the image it bears. We’ve been shy about showing it, he said. We didn’t have the guts to show people until now.
WORD SPREADS QUICKLY
Friday, he accompanied his wife to the renal dialysis unit for her checkup and took along the leaf – now framed in glass – to show staff members there. Word spread quickly, and the Derosiers spent several hours talking about their leaf with those interested. As many as 50 people came in to get a look at the leaf and its image. All these people are in awe about it, Sybil said. The image is clearly of a hooded woman. There is no apparent ink or pigment on the surface – the picture appears to be part of the leaf itself. The most common word is `wow,’ Maurice said. How do you explain something like that? Judy Hendry, a registered nurse at Altru Hospital, said seeing the leaf was an experience. It kind of gave me a chill, Hendry said. That’s just unbelievable. Phil Marin, medical director of the dialysis unit, said he could vouch for the Derosiers. I know these people well, Marin said. They are absolutely honest. He also was at a loss Friday to explain the image on the leaf. How many billions of leaves fall from trees? Marin said. This is scary.
Copyright (c) 2001 Grand Forks Herald. Record Number: 0104070047.”
“The universe is big, it’s vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. And that’s the theory. Nine hundred years, never seen one yet, but this would do me.” – Steven Moffat, Doctor Who
Do you need a miracle in your life right now?
Whether it’s healing of a loved one, getting a new job, or a special petition you’ve been asking God for years…let’s take heart to the story of the widow in the Sunday Gospel this week from Luke 18:1-8:
“Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, ‘There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
If you have a special request from God, hang in there and keep on praying. Because even if what you ask for seems impossible, miracles still do happen.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 6:16-18