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How Much is a Miracle?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I have seen this before but when I received it in my inbox today, I just had to share it. I hope that it touches you as it did me.


How Much is a Miracle?

Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn't have the money for the doctor bills and their house.

Only a very costly surgery could save Andrew now and it was looking like there was no one to loan them the money. She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, "Only a miracle can save him now."

Tess went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all of the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was to busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

"And what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. "I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

"Well, I want to talk to you about MY brother," Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. "He's really, really sick... and I want to buy a miracle."

"I beg your pardon?" asked the pharmacist.

"His name is Andrew, and he has something bad growing inside of his head, and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?"

"We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you," the pharmacist said, softening a little.

"Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs."

The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does you brother need?"

"I don't know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up. "I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But, my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money."

"How much do you have?" asked the man from Chicago.

"One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly. "And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.

"Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "A dollar and eleven cents -- the exact price of a miracle for little brothers." He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the kind of miracle you need."

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge. And it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

"That surgery," her Mom whispered, "was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?"

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost... one dollar and eleven cents... plus the faith of a little child.

Blessings to all for a wonderful New Year. Be safe and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
PRAYERS and PRAYER WARRIORS
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Safe travels today
Heat and electricity for our home
Snow that is beautiful!
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Unexpected twists and turns in our lives
God is in the "miracle" business!!!
A wonderful home health nurse.
Christmas and a great week with my family and friends!
Thank you, Lord, for your guidance and patience with me!
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here....Praise the Lord!!!
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ELSCO55 1/1/2013 12:08AM

    Beautiful

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_LINDA 12/31/2012 11:29PM

    I have seen this before, but it still touches me. Thanks for sharing!
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and blessed New Year!
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KOOKYKATHIE 12/31/2012 7:30PM

    Thanks for all your thoughtful blogs and inspiration. emoticon

HAPPY NEW YEAR! emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 12/31/2012 4:34PM

    You always touch my heart with your blogs. I hope 2013 is a very special year for you and your family.
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LITTLEWIND53 12/31/2012 8:07AM

    I have heard this story before and it is just as powerful now as it was the first time I read it.

I hope all is well with you and yours. May you have a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/31/2012 5:54AM

    LOVE IT THANKS FOR SHARING!

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JANIEWWJD 12/31/2012 3:53AM

    Thank you for this story because right now, I too, need a miracle!!!! Thank you so much because you lifted my spirits and renewed my hope!!!!
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123ELAINE456 12/31/2012 12:23AM

  I Love Hearing and Reading Stories like this. We Have an Awesome God. Thank You Very Much for Sharing It with Us. God Bless You and Your Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DEE107 12/31/2012 12:12AM

    always cry with this one thanks for sharing

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KNITTABLES 12/30/2012 11:31PM

    OK I have tear rolling down my face. Great Story.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/30/2012 11:02PM

    I have read this before. It is a heartwarming story and shows how kind people can be. Sometimes we need to be reminded when all we hear about is shootings, and people being pushed in front of trains. Have a healthy prosperous Happy New Year Helen.

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FROSTY99 12/30/2012 10:12PM

    Thanks for sharing-I always love to read this one.

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OPALMOON 12/30/2012 9:28PM

    A beautiful story that always brings a tear to my eye. Blessings to you and yours, Helen.

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DANLIN60 12/30/2012 9:27PM

    How precious shows how God is always there to watch over us and care for us with his miracles.

thanks for sharing, Helen

Hugs

Danlin

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MILLISMA 12/30/2012 8:34PM

    I've read this before and often wondered if there was any truth to the story. It's beautiful either way and always makes me cry. Priceless!!!!

Sending blessing to you and your family for a wonderful New Year.

hugs...Mary Anne

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YATMAMA 12/30/2012 8:26PM

    Sweet! A blessed New Year to you and your entire family, dear Helen! Love you!

*hugs*

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/30/2012 8:24PM

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful story, miracles do still happen!

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PMFISH 12/30/2012 6:23PM

    Love the story, thanks for reminding us. Have missed you. Hope everything is good at your home. Happy New Year!

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NELLIEC 12/30/2012 5:36PM

    I love that story.

I am wondering how Shannon is doing. I don't recall if there has been any progress with your nephew's vision or not.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/30/2012 5:24PM

    emoticon What a beautiful story! Puts things in perspective for sure.

Hugs and sending wishes for a Happy, healthy, blessed, abundant New Year.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/30/2012 5:17PM

    Just the faith of a little child.! Thank you for sharing that Helen.
Happy New Year to you and your family,
Love Janet

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SUSIEPH1 12/30/2012 4:32PM

    How Delightful Helen ..
Thank you for posting this to remind us that some thing good, always comes out of a lot of faith emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/30/2012 3:11PM

    Great story!!

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PARAEAST 12/30/2012 3:01PM

    My Mom sent this to me some time ago, the story is always very special. The story shows how God takes care of us all.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Happy New Year to you & your family.

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