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Miracles At Christmastime: A Sequel to “In the Midst of the Storm”

Updated on December 29, 2014

In the midst of my storm, the telephone rang, and it was a call from a dear and faithful friend of Christ. She told me that she was calling to give me a scripture that I should memorize and hold close to my heart throughout the storm.

“Go to Isaiah 41:10,” Margaret C said. “Memorize it, and keep it close to your heart.”

In her soft and loving voice, I heard my Savior through her, and I knew to obey, and so I did. I cannot tell you the number of times that I recited that verse, told someone about those words, or called it to my remembrance in my weakest hours. Each time, it gave me an unbelievable comfort, and each time, it came with perfect timing.

If you read my hub “In the Midst of the Storm” then you know this was all about my child having to go through a very serious operation…one where the doctors were making all types of devastating predictions…but at the same time, one in which the Lord continued to say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

On the morning of December 10, 2014, at 5:30 a.m., with the fervent and grateful prayers of so many Christian friends,(my Hub Family so much included) we arrived at the hospital as instructed. We had been told that the operation prep would start at that time, but in actuality, Monica was not called until 7:45. She disappeared with a waiting nurse, and a little later, her Dad and I were told that we could see her just before the operation. We entered a very small area, found our daughter who was now dressed in the elaborate gown known only to hospitals, and met again with her doctor who drew on her face where he was to make the incisions. To be honest, I held back tears, watching this drawing that certainly would greatly impact her face, but I held on to my faith as I knew she was holding on to hers. There was no fear in her eyes, no agony in her voice…nothing to speak of any lack of trust in Our Lord. She was a trooper to say the least. After a very short, but thorough and patient talk from the surgeon, the anesthesiologist spoke softly to Monica to tell her that she was going to give her something to relax her. She applied it, and I noticed the change almost immediately. My husband and I were then dismissed to wait through what we were told would be an eight-hour operation. Unknown to us, during our wait, there were Miracles at Christmastime taking place.

The Doctor’s Account

Miracle #1: A Last Minute Second Look

In the operating room, after Monica was asleep, the surgeon took a last minute second look at where he and his team had decided to make their incisions to get at this rather evasive tumor that was high up in her throat.

“I saw Dr. M ( an oral surgeon) in the hospital this morning,” he said “I wonder if he’s still here and can give us an opinion about a better way to get to this tumor?”

“I don’t know if he is still here, but we can check,” came the reply.

Miracle #2 Available and Waiting

They checked. He was still there and available. He could come immediately because he had already completed the work for his first patient of the day and had to wait for the second one to be prepared for surgery. He had plenty of time.

“I would be honored to come and see what I can do,” was his response.

This doctor, who was not on the team, had never been involved at all with this case was asked to come over to give some advice….Maybe there was a better way that would not impact the patient’s face. Maybe there would be no need for her to lose teeth or scar her chin.

Miracle #3 The Perfect Method from Yesteryear

One look at the MRI and the new doctor told his waiting company that certainly there was another way…one far less involved. He had not done the operation in 28 years since he was a resident; they did not use it anymore because they had better methods, but because of the location of this tumor, this method would be PERFECT. He assured them that he knew the process well and remembered it all. He would do that operation and there would be no cut to Monica’s face…no need to lose teeth. He performed the operation in record time and went on to his own patient. The entire operation took about six hours, not eight and everything was successful. The tumor was benign, and they got it all.

What made the surgeon take a second look and call for another opinion? He had met for several weeks with his team and they had made a decision, but God showed up on the morning of the operation and said to take a second look… that there was a better way. What caused a brief delay in another doctor’s appointment that made him available to perform an operation that he had not done in twenty-eight years? God knew where he was, and what he could do, so He made him available and used him at His perfect time.

Miracle #3

While there is still some pain, the incisions are healing beautifully and already are barely noticeable.

…and so now is the time for us, as Christians to glorify Him…to tell it on the mountain to all who will hear. Our God was there, in that hospital, working in His perfect time. He promises to be faithful to us and He is. His Word is true, and if we believe Him, profess his truths, and stand on His promises, He will perform miracles that may otherwise be elusive to us. He simply wants us to follow His instructions and be obedient to His voice. He clearly promises that if we call to Him, He will answer, and show us “great and mighty things that we do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3


I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have witnessed this awesome event in my life. How great it is to be a part of a time that demonstrates how active and present our Lord is in our lives. There were so many days and nights that I told my friends that I knew there would be miracles on December 10th. I did not know what they would be, but I knew that my God would show up and show out, and that is exactly what He did.

I simply petition you now to allow my experience here to help build your faith even greater, and as Christians, give Him glory, give Him honor, and give Him praise as we shout His glory on the highest hills. Our God is present, He is active, and His Word is undeniably true.

I am so grateful for these miracles at Christmastime, and, I will forever “go tell it on the mountain.”

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    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      You're here, my Friend.

      You seem to convey in a light manner, what more and more seems to have been a very difficult case. I am not familiar with this operation, and it does sound that your daughter still have some ways to go. How is her little one doing? How is your husband holding up? Write to me.

      Let us continue to give God the glory, for out of the jaws of the Shadows of Darkness, He has lighted a Furnace of Love, and we all share in Its Delight. Much peace.

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      Doris H. Dancy 

      3 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Well Hello Manatita, My Friend:

      Heidleberg? You really get around. I would say that no grass grows under your feet. (all smiles)

      Thank you for taking time to pray for us, inquire about us, write about us, think of us, and now respond to the result of all that has taken place. I am elated to report that Monica is doing extremely well. Yes, she still has some stubborn pains where her jaw was broken and she still struggles to get her mouth open, but she endures it all quite well. She can hear again and speak clearly, so things are improving daily. All she talks about is being able to eat her beloved POPCORN again.

      I, too, have cried as I have watched the Holy Spirit reveal Himself. It is a powerful thing to experience. As I listened to the doctors explain to us their experiences, it was all incredible…to hear the points of view from two different doctor who each had his own experience concerning this operation. Unbelievable and I am so very grateful for all that has occurred. Therefore, I will search out the video that you are noting for me to see, and I will continue to praise Our Lord for His faithfulness.

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Hi Doris.

      I trust that Monica is continuing to do well. I am still praying for her health and inner abundance 2015.

      I cried three times in Heidleberg. The first time after reading your story. The second time, hearing the story of a friend quite similar to your daughter's situation. The third time a very different but rather touching story.

      You write excellently and with much passion. Only Eric seems to have noted this. I also commend your great Faith and Fortitude. The wind of Grace is always blowing, but it needs good and receptive vehicles to act as conduits for Its Love. God lived in you, my sweet Friend. Through His Grace, may your daughter continue to do well.

      I would refer you to my very short video on Gratitude. I know that you are sailing in that supernal Boat. Still, I find it so touching! It's at the bottom of my Hub called Namaste! to my 200 Hundred Hubber- Friends. Something like that. If you have time, look it up. Much peace to your family. Salaam! OM Shanti!

    • Doris Dancy profile imageAUTHOR

      Doris H. Dancy 

      3 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      MsDora ~ Thank you for your prayers, your words of comfort and your note here. You have been a good friend through all of this.

      Billybuc ~ Letting go and letting God is always the best choice. Thank you for taking time to read what is most important to me.

      Ericdierker ~ I love happy ending too, especially this one. God is certainly a GREAT GOD.

      RachaelOhalloran ~ I felt that this was a part of my life that I had to witness. I know that there are many who want to hear that God is so immediate.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      3 years ago from United States

      You have witnessed God's grace through the doctor's knowledge and your daughter is blessed to have had him as a consult. Here's to her continued good health and a Happy and Healthy New Year to your family.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a lovely story and I just love happy endings. Very well written indeed. Thank you and blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll sum up this experience with four simple words...Let Go Let God.

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, and Happy Holidays to you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for sharing your story of God's grace and your faith through this challenging period involving your daughter's health. You encourage us not to take God's intervention for granted. Happy that the Christ of Christmas came through for you, like He came to do. Blessings and continual good health to you, your daughter and your extended family.

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