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My 9-year-old's last-second request surprised his
doctor and taught me a valuable lesson about sharing the
Last fall my 9-year-old son, Austin, had his
tonsils removed. Before the surgery, Austin 's
anesthesiologist came to start an IV. He was wearing a
cool surgical cap covered in colorful frogs. Austin
loved that 'frog hat.'
The doctor explained that
he had two choices. He could either try to start the IV,
or he could wait until Austin was up in the operating
room. In the OR the doctor would give Austin some
'goofy' gas, and start the IV when he was more relaxed.
'So, Austin ,' he asked, 'which do y ou want?'
Austin replied, 'I'll take the gas.'
when the doctor started to leave, Austin called, 'Hey,
The doctor turned. Yeah, buddy, what do
'Do you go to church?'
the doctor admitted. 'I know I probably should, but I
Austin then asked, 'Well, are you
Chuckling nervously, the doctor said,
'Nope. But after talking to you, maybe it's something I
Pleased with his response,
Austin answered, 'Well, you should, 'cause Jesus
'I'm sure He is, little guy,' the doctor
said, and quickly made his exit.
After that a
nurse took me to the waiting room. Someone would come
and get me when Austin 's surgery was done.
After about 45 minutes, the anesthesiologist
came into the waiting room. He told me the surgery went
well and then said, 'Mrs. Blessitt, I don't usually come
down and talk to the parents after a surgery, but I just
had to tell you what your son did.'
Oh b oy, I
thought. What did that little rascal do now?
doctor explained that he'd just put the mask on Austin
when my son signaled that he needed to say something.
When the doctor removed the mask, Austin
blurted, 'Wait a minute, we have to pray!'
doctor told him to go ahead, and Austin prayed, 'Dear
Lord, please let all the doctors and nurses have a good
day. And Jesus, please let the doctor
With the frog
hat get saved and start going to church. Amen.'
The doctor admitted this touched him. 'I was so
sure he would pray that his surgery went well,' he
explained. 'He didn't even mention his surgery. He
prayed for me! Mrs Blessitt, I had to come down and let
you know what a great little guy you have.'
few minutes later a nurse came to take me to post-op.
She had a big smile on her face as we walked to the
'Mrs. Blessitt, I couldn't wait to
tell you something exciting that your son did.'
With a smile, I told her that the doctor already
mentioned Austin 's prayer.
something you don't know,' she said. 'Some of the other
nurses and I have been witnessing to and praying for
that doctor for a long time.
After your son's
surgery, he tracked a few of us down to tellus about
Austin 's prayer. He said, 'Well girls, you got me. If
that little boy could pray for me when he was about to
have surg ery, then I think maybe I need his Jesus too.'
She then recounted how they joined the doctor as
he prayed to r eceive Christ right there in the
Wow! Austin had played a small part in
something wonderful. But then, so did the nurses who
prayed and witnessed.
I thought about John's
words in his Gospel, 'One sows and the other reaps'
(John 4:37 ).
Austin 's experience taught me
that, although we never know which role we may be called
to play, in the end it doesn't matter. What's important
is that we remain faithful in sharing the gospel.
Tina Blessitt, a freelance writ ER, li ves with
her husband and four children in Kentucky ...
'Don't tell God how big your troubles are--tell
your trouble HOW BIG YOUR GOD
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A first grade teacher collected some well known
proverbs and gave each child in her class the first half
of a proverb. She asked the kids to come up with the
rest of the proverb - with some interesting results!...
- Better be safe than......................punch a
- Strike while the .... bug is close.
- It's always darkest before .... daylight savings
- An idle mind is .... the best way to relax.
- You can lead a horse to water but .... how?
- Don't bite the hand that .... looks dirty.
- A miss is as good as a .... Mr.
- You can't teach an old dog new .... math.
- If you lie down with the dogs, you'll..stink in
- The pen is mightier than the .... pigs.
- Where there's smoke, there's .... pollution.
- Happy the bride who .... gets all the presents.
- A penny saved is .... not much.
- Two's company, three's.......................the
- As you shall make your bed so shall
you..........mess it up.
- Children should be seen and not.........spanked or
- When the blind leadeth the blind.........get out
of the way.
cans refrigerated biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (these
are optional, it's great with or without them)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a
9-10 inch tube pan.
2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized
plastic bag. Cut the biscuits into halves or quarters
and place six to eight biscuit pieces in the sugar
cinnamon mix. Shake well.
3. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the greased
pan. Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are
coated and in the pan. If you are using raisins, place
them among the biscuit pieces as you are layering.
4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the
brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour
over the layered biscuits.
5. Bake for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for
10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Pull apart and
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