Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Has the day of miracles ceased?

The past few days have been ones which have been deeply personal for our family. We have been through a deeply spiritual experience which is difficult to put entirely into words, and some of which is too personal to share, but I do want to share my knowledge of God's love and power for His children.

As some of you know, I have been struggling for months with blood clots and trying to get my body to "uncoagulate." It has been a difficult experience. Blood clots are more dangerous than I ever realized, and are very life-threatening and can be instantly deadly. I have been on different blood thinners as we have been trying to get my body to do what it should. This past weekend, I began to experience a great deal of dark bruising, as well as a tremendous amount of pain. Upon checking my blood on Monday morning, we discovered that my blood was at a "panic state." I had a CT scan to determine if there was abdominal bleeding causing my pain.

We learned that there was thankfully no bleeding, but that there was another blood clot, in the vein connected to my left ovary. It was completely cutting off blood flow to my ovary, causing the intense pain. The danger was very real, because at any time, it could dislodge and travel to my lungs, causing another pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. I was very ill, and in a great deal of pain. We were very frightened of what could happen.

Matt asked our friend to come over and help to give me a priesthood blessing. In our church, we believe that God has restored His holy priesthood to the earth, and that priesthood holders are able to administer to those who are in need of comfort or healing, as James talks about in the Bible. As I recieved the priesthood blessing, I felt such love and comfort, and a tremendous amount of peace in my heart. I was told that my body would be made whole, through my faith in the Savior and the restoration of the Gospel. The next morning, I went in to the hospital again to get a more detailed CT scan of the clot, to determine what we needed to do next. The same man read my scan that had read my scan the day before. He was stunned to see normal blood flow and no clotting. He told me that I looked completely normal, and could not tell that there had ever been a problem.

Today, I have no pain and my blood levels are fine for the first time in months.

I know that I am a child of a kind, loving Father in Heaven, who is loved and who is watched over constantly. We all are. He is there, and His power is real. He is compassionate and merciful. I feel that I have been blessed beyond anything I have deserved, but I will strive to deserve it all my days. I have learned in the past few days that truly, we need not fear, but that faith in Him will enable us to have the power to get through anything that we need to do. He has not ceased to speak to us. He loves us and answers our prayers. No one can tell me that miracles have ceased! After these past few months, I feel that every moment of my life is a miracle.
"And now, my beloved brethren, if this be the case that these things are true which I have spoken unto you, and God will show unto you, with power and great glory at the last day, that they are true, and if they are true has the day of miracles ceased?
Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? Or has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? Or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved?
Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men."

3 comments:

Jason Calton said...

Thank you An for your Love and Faith I am so grateful to know you and to be called your friend , you are an inspiration to me and to many more . I love your Family so much more than I can ever say . You bring tears to my eyes ...in the words of your Daughters "Happy Tears" love J.

kannie said...

We are SO glad for your miraculous news!!! What a striking witness of Heavenly Father's continuing mercies and miracles. Thank you for being such a wonderful example and for sharing your story of faith and healing!!! :-)

Nicole said...

my dear ann, your blog is like a journal for me to see your life and learn from you. how i love you.