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Monday, March 3, 2008

Miracle Monday

Welcome to the first edition of Miracle Monday!

The instructions are simple. Write a post on your blog about a miracle that you have witnessed, been a part of, or that has inspired you. Come back here and link to your post using the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. And then come back to read the other miracles that are posted.

I would like to share a miracle that has occurred in my life recently. Well, it actually occurred in my brother's life.

My brother, Brad, is a truck driver. He drives a tractor trailer truck for a local company and he has been doing this for over 15 years.

On January 23rd, he was going 65 miles an hour on I-485 near Charlotte, NC. It was a foggy morning but traffic in his lane was moving right along. Traffic in the other direction was coming to a standstill because in that direction the interstate was changing from 4 lanes down to 2 lanes.

All of a sudden, a driver in the other lane slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting a car that had stopped in front of him. (Perhaps in the fog the driver didn't notice that traffic was coming to a stop.) His car ran off the highway and under the cable barrier that separates the lanes of traffic.

My brother's truck was doing 65 miles an hour as it t-boned into this car. The car was badly mangled and as my brother got out of his truck, he noticed that the door of the car had been ripped off and was hanging from the side of his truck.

Each time a police officer walked by, my brother would ask if the driver was dead. He knew deep down that he had to be as there was no way anyone would be able to survive the impact of the crash. Each police officer answered the same way, "The driver is fine. He only has a busted lip."

Brad, certain that this couldn't possibly be true, began thinking that perhaps this is what police officers were instructed to say in accidents like this so that the other driver wouldn't get upset or go into shock.

Brad kept watching the ambulance expecting to see a sheet covered body going into the back. But this never happened. In fact no one ever went into the back of the ambulance because the policemen were correct.

The driver of the car that crashed into my brother's truck only sustained a bloody lip.

Even the local news station in Charlotte called this miraculous. Please click on the link below to see video footage of the car. You can even see the car door hanging from my brother's truck. (Please note - you have to suffer through a 10 second ad for a car dealership before you get to the news footage.)

My brother never wears a seat belt. (I know! I know! I wish he would but he will not listen to his older sister.) And the day of the wreck was no exception. He said everything in the car that was loose - some change, a Coke bottle, a pen, a notebook, etc - flew up off the seat and into the windshield.

My brother however, stayed in his seat. He said it was almost as if someone was holding him down. I know exactly who was holding him down! It was the Lord!

January 28th was not my brother's time or the other driver's time to leave this earth. And I am convinced that my mother's constant prayer for my brother had something to do with it. She is always concerned for his safety while he is working but her concern is accompanied by many prayers and a deep faith in God. God answered her prayers that day and kept my brother and the other driver safe.

My brother never did get to speak to the other driver but I think that man would also agree - it truly was a miracle.

If you are participating in Miracle Monday today:

1. Please put your name and URL in Mr. Linky below and leave me a comment that you have put in your link. When putting in your URL make sure you use the permalink (the URL with your blog address and the name of your Miracle Monday post) so that people who are browsing through the miracles later will go directly to your Miracle Monday post and not to the front of your blog. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me.

2.Please make sure to include a link to this page in your post so others can come here to get the links to all the other miracles.

3. Feel free to copy the Miracle Monday logo and include it at the top of your Miracle Monday post.

4. Make sure to come back later today to read all of the other miracles!

I hope everyone that visits today is blessed by what they read.

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Thanks to everyone who posted miracles. Please come back next Monday to post and read more miracles!


Welcome! said...

Looking forward to reading about everyone's Miracle!

-Sheri said...

Mia's Miracle is posted. Thanks for giving me the idea to write her story.

the dragonfly said...


Andrea @ Mommy said...

Andon's Miracle is posted too! I have been looking forward to this since I learned about it. I can't wait to hear about all the amazing miracles!!

jennwa said...

It was a Miracle no one got hurt in that accident. I am so glad Brad and the other driver were not injured. I know your Mother's prayers had something to do with.
This is such a great idea I can not wait to go on and read everyone else story.

Amy Wyatt said...

Thank you for visiting my site and for your prayers for Spencer and me. I am so excited to participate today. I didn't actually rewrite the post about our miracle today since I had just posted it last Wednesday so I linked to it. I can't wait to read all of these stories.

I'm glad your brother and the other driver is OK. God truly is amazing. Hope you have a blessed day.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Beth for doing this. I found your site from BooMama and loved the idea of Miracle Monday. And it was good therapy for me to write about my miracle :) It always tends to make me stop and count my blessings when I take time out to remember.

Amy Wyatt said...

I forgot to mention the group I work with for Epilepsy Advocates also has an Advocate group for MS. If you would like some info, let me know.

Christina said...

I can't wait to read all the miracles. I know how to get the code, but I don't know where to put is to get it to appear on my blog, can you tell me this? Thanks

God's girl said...

I love the idea of this! Thanks for doing it. What an encouraging story. I cannot wait to see more.

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh! Thank goodness. FOr the other driver and your brother. HOw horrible it would have been if anything worse happened to the driver and your brother would remember that forever. That is be so hard to live with espesally since it was an accident. Thank goodnes everyone was alright! Great mirical monday

Jen said...

it is up!! Thank God for the good out come of your brothers accident.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Okay, Seriously? I cannot believe that ANYONE could have escaped that mangled mess of a car without being permanently disabled. WOW! That is truly miraculous.


Anonymous said...

Thank God (sincerely) for watching out for your brother!

the mother of this lot said...

Now that's what I call a miracle!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for hosting this!!!What a blessing you are!!!

Denise said...

Awesome dear one.

Jennifer said...

Wow, what a story. Wow.

What a wonderful idea for Mondays.

Suburban Correspondent said...

Tell your brother to stop making his angels work overtime and to wear that seatbelt!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Beth .. I found you from Amy Wyatt and I am so glad to share our testimony!!! Thank you for doing this. My story is SEVERAL entries long, BUT it is well worth the read .. God has done SO much for my son and my family.

Christina said...

I clicked on the link to watch the clip and at first I didn't even know that was the car. It looked like a pile of junk. I am so glad that God was watching out for your brother and the other driver. Amazing that anyone survived this but Thank God they did.

Cathy, Amy and Kristina said...

I didn't have time to blog yesterday, so I missed the first one! Enjoyed reading this, however. Truly amazing.

Bonnie said...

Wow ... what an amazing story ! Truly miraculous !!

bauer zoo said...

i'm sorry i didn't leave a comment yesterday. thank you for doing this. i think we all need to see God's work, and in all the different ways he comes to us. whether it be while shaving your legs, or reading someone's blog, he is speaking to us.
thanks for your prayers and comment on my blog also!

Family O'Foxes said...

Wow, that is amazing!I'm so glad both people involved are fine.

I have one to share but I was too busy on, I will try to remember to post it next Monday.