...how about a story? Except it's not really a "story", i.e. not fictional...but it is well worth reading (made me cry a little bit...so be warned...) and, if nothing else, will put you in absolute awe of this woman and her family's faith and the jaw-dropping power of prayer.
Okay so I came across this via the world of blogs and have been absolutely blown away by it. There was this lady, Bonnie, who also has a blog called Learning to be a Newlywed and for the past three months she has been asking for anyone and everyone to pray for her son, James, who was born back in September. After an eight-hour labour (at home, I feel I must add) the baby was born without a heartbeat and they tried to resuscitate him with oxygen and chest compressions whilst they waited for an ambulance. His heart didn't beat for 61 minutes. I can't even imagine what that's like...to have to try and bring your tiny little child back from the brink moments after he's born...they're so much braver than I would have been...didn't give up on him, not even for a second. And with it taking so long to get his heart to beat properly...it would scare you witless...takes more than human strength to keep holding on. They were able to get him to the hospital where, as you might expect, he was put into intensive care. You can read what she wrote about this on her blog here.
A few days later she posted this, listing all the different things going wrong with her little baby boy and asking for people to pray for God to heal them. The thing she really highlights in her post is for people to ask for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to intercede for him...I'll be honest and say I have only a passing knowledge of who he was but, bless her, Bonnie had total faith that he would pray for her son. She also has the following Prayer for James on the side of her blog;