1500 singers gathered in an abandoned power plant to sing Leonard Cohen’s classic song ‘Hallelujah.’ And when Rufus Wainwright stepped on stage to sing too…wow. This is one epic choir performance!
In the middle of this high school graduation someone in the audience fell ill. The students graduating didn’t know who it was or what was going on. They were all nervous that it was one of their family members and feared it was serious. That’s when Christian Crawford took the podium and did something truly amazing! God bless this young man and our prayers are with the family!
Abandoned Toddler Is Comforted By A Police Officer
Officer James Hurst may be a rookie with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police, but he’s a pro when it comes to compassion. And seeing this police officer cuddling an abandoned toddler has the internet going crazy!
Credit: Facebook / Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Officer Hurst was one of the policemen dispatched when calls came in from the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood, one of Savannah’s most troubled areas according to police statistics. Concerned residents called to report that a 16-month-old boy was spotted wandering the streets. No one knew how long the boy had been wandering, where he’d come from or where he belonged.
It was an extremely upsetting discovery to kind-hearted Officer Hurst, who has two little ones at home, one of whom has Down Syndrome.
The officers picked up the abandoned toddler at 10am and immediately took him to the emergency room to make sure he was ok. Though they were trying to help, it was understandably very confusing to the little boy, who became upset. And the boy’s heartache struck a chord with Officer Hurst. He explained:
“The boy, obviously, being so small, became very upset. He was crying. He was sobbing. I asked the hospital staff if I can hold him to comfort him and soothe him a little bit to try to calm him down, to continue getting medical care and they said that was fine. So I picked him up, minutes later, he, I was standing and he was asleep on my chest and with all my body armor and my gun belt, became very heavy holding this small child, so that’s when I decided to sit down on the bed and make it easier for him and me.”
The tender photo has gone incredibly viral over Facebook, leaving the officer completely stunned by the kudos he’s received since the photo was shared.
“It was just natural to want to soothe this child, um, I didn’t expect any of this, it’s been quite overwhelming actually,” Officer Hurst humbly explains.
The abandoned toddler is safe and in good health. No arrests were made, but the boy is now in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family & Children’s Services. Please keep this precious child in your prayers.
As for Officer Hurst, he wants folks to understand that:
“It’s what we do, every single day, not just me, but the 600 officers that are on this department.”
Heaven Needed A Hero – A Tear-Jerking Tribute To Fallen Soldiers
Keep all of the brave soldiers that have fallen in the line of duty in your hearts; they are heroes in heaven now, but we will always remember their unselfish sacrifice. Also pray for those in the military still today; may God protect them!
Woman Blind For 21 Years Miraculously Gets Sight Again
21 years ago Mary Ann Franco was in a terrible car accident and lost her sight. She lived blind for 21 years! And then a fall sent her to the hospital. And this grandma woke up in the hospital and realized she could see! Everyone knows this was a miracle. And Mary Ann is loving her new lease on life!
When Julia Smith, a minister in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, was asked by a parish member to pray for God to heal her deformed ovary, she was happy to do so. The parish member explained that she was born with only one deformed ovary. The doctors told her that having a child was pretty much impossible. She and her husband had been trying for years and had given up. After laying hands on the woman and praying, Julia went about her day.
Two years later Julia was shopping in a material store when the woman approached her and gave her a hug. She asked if she remembered praying for her. Julia said “yes, did God heal your deformed ovary?” The woman said “no, he grew me a new healthy one and I would like for you to meet my daughter.”
A young girl was suffering with cancer and when she passed, they found the words “The Moon is Round” written on the front of her journal with a large moon drawn below. They began to wonder why she would write “The Moon is Round,” and so they started reading her journal.
One evening her father discovered the significance of the phrase. She wrote. Even though I cannot always see it, even though sometimes it appears in different shapes and forms, I know the moon is always there and I know the moon is round.
I know that Christ is with me every day, even though I may not always see him, no matter how he appears, just as the moon is round.
When 17-year-old Lawrence Yahle learned his father was dead earlier this month at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio, he ran down the hall to see nurses around his father’s body. They weren’t trying to revive him anymore.
Distraught, Lawrence pointed and shouted, “Dad, you’re not going to die today.”
Moments later, Anthony Yahle’s heart monitor showed signs of life, Dr. Raja Nazir, his cardiologist at Kettering Medical Center, told ABCNews.com. It wasn’t a regular heart beat, but once or twice a minute, the monitor would pick up tiny electrical movements.
“When I looked at the electrical activity, I was surprised,” Nazir said. “I thought we’d better make another effort to revive him.”
Nazir gave one of Yahle’s hanging medicine bags a squeeze to restore his blood pressure and the team began working on him again.
“Very slowly, the heart rate was picking up,” Nazir said.
That was more than a week ago, on Aug. 5. Doctors thought Yahle, a 37-year-old diesel mechanic, would need a heart transplant or be in a vegetative state the rest of his life, but he’s home resting and seems fine.
“I’m calling it a miracle because I’ve never seen anything like it,” Nazir said.
AMEN! JESUS IS THE GREATEST PHYSICIAN EVER! ALL THE PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
My father was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of forty. He was given six to ten years to live. On the sixth year he was placed in the hospital. He had dwindled from two hundred fifty pounds down to one hundred forty. He was six foot four.
When he was placed in the hospital, he was delirious, could not eat and they immediately took him to x-ray. The family was called in, and we were told he was eaten up with cancer and would not live. We were told the x-rays showed the cancer had spread through his body. That evening he was anointed with oil and people everywhere family, churches, friends, prayed for him.
The following morning he was setting up in bed. He was eating and he was smiling when I walked into the room. The doctors took him back down to x-ray. The cancer was gone.
I had two more years with my father. God blessed our family.
I believe in miracles. They happen every day.
Thank you for sharing my story.
Children are so fresh from God it’s no wonder some of them are given visions and signs from heaven. Their innocent and trusting natures allow them to believe what we adults would never accept. This must be part of what Jesus meant when he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 18:3.
So perhaps it would do us well as spiritual beings to listen to a little girl who – she claims – has had visions and visits with Jesus. And whether you believe she has truly walked and talked with Jesus, one cannot deny her artistic and poetic talent.
Her name is Akiane Kramarik and she was born at home underwater, on July 9, 1994, in Mount Morris, Illinois, to a stay-at-home Lithuanian homemaker mother and an American father, chef and dietary manager.
Akiane – whose name means ocean in Lithuanian – and her siblings were homeschooled for the most part and they had no television and few books, so when she began telling her family about seeing visions at age four, they were fairly certain what she was experiencing was not a result of outside influences. Her parents chose to support their daughter, which probably played a part in her prolific works.
Akiane began to sketch and write poetry at age four, advanced to painting at six and writing poetry at seven. Her first completed self-portrait sold for $10,000. A large portion of the money generated from art sales is donated by Kramarik to charities. According to Akiane, her art is inspired by her visions of heaven and her personal connection with God. “I am a self-taught painter,” she told Children’s Digest. “God is my teacher.”
Akiane explained to her family that God gave her the visions and abilities to create her artwork and poetry, which must have come as quite a shock since both her parents were atheists at the time. They later converted to Christianity on account of Kramarik’s paintings and visions. More than art was happening in their home. “Simultaneous with art was a spiritual awakening,” Akiane’s mother, Forelli Kramarik, told Christianity Today. “It all began to happen when she started to share her dreams and visions.”
Once, according to an article in New Connexion magazine, Akiane was staring off into space, with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. Asked what she was doing, she simply answered, “I was with God again, and He told me to pray continually. He showed me where He lived. I was climbing transparent stairs; underneath I saw gushing waterfalls, and as I was approaching Him, His body was pure and intense light.
“What impressed me the most was His hands – they were gigantic! I saw no bones, or veins, no skin or blood, but maps and events. Then He told me to memorize thousands upon thousands of wisdom words on a scroll that did not look like paper, but more like intense light. And, in a few seconds, I got somehow filled up. From now on I will get up early to paint. I hope one day I’d be able to paint what I was shown.”
Although she was three at the time, she’ll always remember God’s first message to her. “He said, ‘You have to do this, and I’ll help you.’ He said, ‘Now you can help people.’ I said, ‘Yes, I will.’ But I said it in different words in my mind. I speak through my mind to Him,” she told Christianity Today.
When asked how she knows that it’s God who is speaking to her she said, “Because I can hear His voice….quiet and beautiful.”
Akiane was always consumed with the faces of subjects she painted, and she found that when she prayed the right vision always appeared. When she wanted to paint Jesus, however, she spent a year mulling over her model. Finally, she asked her entire family to pray with her. The next day, a giant of a man came to her door looking for work. He was a carpenter.
Akiane immediately knew this man would be her model for her painting of Jesus. Initially the carpenter agreed, but he changed his mind. “He said that he wasn’t worthy to represent his Master,” Akiane told Christianity Today. “He’s a Christian, and he’s a humble person. But I prayed that God would change his mind and that he would call back.”
The carpenter – who wishes to remain anonymous – did call Akiane back, saying that God wanted him to pose for the painting, resulting in the Jesus paintings Prince of Peaceand Father Forgive Them.
The painting is startling. The eyes are loving and patient, but also piercing and fierce. He is beautiful. In fact, when Colton Burpo, the little boy who says he went to heaven at age three (see articles Part One and Part Two), saw the painting, he declared it to be the only one that ever captured what Jesus looks like. There have been many paintings since that one, though Prince of Peace is probably her most famous.
People may wonder, “Why did Jesus choose to contact Akiane?”
“I have been blessed by God,” she said simply. “And if I’m blessed, there is one reason and one reason only, and that is to help others. I am donating a big portion of money to charity and to combat poverty,” she said. “I want to help people. I want people to find hope in my paintings and draw people’s attention to God.”