A Christmas Miracle…
I would like to share a Christmas Miracle with you this week. Our God performs miracles every day. I hope you enjoy this heartwarming true story as much as I have.
A Christmas Miracle…
Last year, Becki and Phil Crook were planning a funeral for their brain-dead baby boy, Kaleb Crook. But when they removed Kaleb from life support, the unimaginable happened. Now, more than a year later, they’re celebrating Christmas with their little miracle!
By all accounts, Becki Crook’s pregnancy seemed perfect. She, her husband Phil, and their daughter Eden eagerly awaited the arrival of the family’s newest addition.
But when labor came on, it came on fast. There wasn’t enough time to get to the hospital and Becki wound up delivering Kaleb at her home in England. And that’s when the couple first realized something was terribly wrong.
“Kaleb was delivered, but we quickly saw that he was pale, floppy and not breathing,” Becki recalled.
After rushing the newborn to the hospital, where Kaleb was placed on life support, Becki and Phil received horrible news. They still have no idea how, but somehow during either the pregnancy or delivery, Kaleb suffered severe oxygen starvation.
“Doctors told me that there was minimal brain activity and that there was no hope for his future,” Becki explained.
Doctors transferred Kaleb to hospice care, with the intention of removing all life support. Kaleb’s heartbroken parents were left making end of life plans for their 10-day-old son and saying their final goodbyes.
“Doctors told us that Kaleb had catastrophic brain damage and that he would most likely die imminently,” Becki said. “We were told he would only live for a few minutes so I held him so tightly in my arms.”
But God had other plans for this little angel. He sent Becki and Phil a ray of hope when doctors turned off life support.
“Kaleb gave my finger the faintest of squeezes and looked up at me, as if to say ‘it’s going to be okay, Mummy!’” Becki recalled.
Against all odds, the brain-dead baby expected to die did the complete opposite! Miraculously, Kaleb Crook survived!
This special miracle spent more time fighting and getting stronger in the hospital. And while Kaleb does have complex special needs as a result of severe brain damage, Becki, Phil, and little sister Eden are just so thankful for the time they have with him.
Now, 15-months old, Kaleb is going to get to spend Christmas at home with his family. It’s a beautiful and unexpected blessing.
“This is our new normal. This Christmas is a Christmas we never expected to have,” Becki explained. “Kaleb can now be with us, experiencing the joy of life, against the odds. Our hope is that Kaleb will experience happiness and peace, in whatever capacity he is capable of. We want him to know how loved he is.”
Only God knows how long little Kaleb has here on earth. But He has a purpose for Kaleb. And Kaleb’s family is bursting at the seams this year, celebrating the amazing Christmas gift God gave them in Kaleb.
God is performing miracles every day. What I love about this story is that even with the challenge of caring for a catastrophic brain damage child, they are thankful for what God has done for them. Some would be asking why me and be mad at the results of this pregnancy.
Here’s my question to you. Do you get upset when life throws you a curve? Things in your life doesn’t go the way you hoped and prayed for. Do you think life is treating you unfairly? It’s up to you to change things. If you start thanking God for everything that happens, I guarantee your life will improve. The first thing that will change will be your attitude.
Next Question… Have you experienced God’s miracle in your life? Is the real joy of Christmas in your heart? Or maybe you have never known the real joy that God gives.
God gave us the Greatest gift of all. The Gift of eternal life with Him. All you have to do is accept God’s Gift. If you haven’t accepted God’s Free Gift, Now is the time to ask and receive it. Please, there’s no better time than now!
If you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and rose again. Tell God you are sorry and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. Now thank God for His gift. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I pray that God’s Love will fill your Christmas this year! Merry Christmas.
If you would like for me to pray with you, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentPromises.com.
May God Bless and Keep!
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place that we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16