Beware. Just because we’re entering the Christmas season doesn’t mean only goodness prevails. We learned just this week of an apparent scam that is taking place over the telephone. At least one local resident said he has received several phone calls from a medical alert business offering “free” services. However, with a little research, the individual learned the service would cost $35 a month. These calls apparently came from various parts of the country, so anyone could be a victim.
We encourage you to be extra cautious when you are presented with an offer that sounds too good to be true. It probably is.
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There is an old joke about a flier that was posted by someone looking for his lost dog. The pet was described as blind in one eye, missing his right ear, has three legs, tail is broken, and was recently castrated. Answers to the name, “Lucky.”
Guess that’s what you call optimism.
I’ve never been one to believe in luck. I believe circumstances – good or bad – happen to us for a reason. Some are a result of our actions, some are not. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and sometimes good things happen to bad people.
Several months ago, Ava businessman Ray Reynolds came to me with his story, or actually, a series of stories about how his life has been miraculously touched. I may not believe in luck but I do believe in miracles. So does Ray.
I am repeating Ray’s story because I know Ray and I am aware of some of the circumstances he has faced. I have also witnessed some of the “healings” he has experienced. These are not fabricated stories he has made up, then embellished, to make them sound even better. These situations really happened, and I, along with Ray, want to share them with you.
We’ve heard stories about people who have found extraordinary physical ability in an emergency situation, brought on, no doubt, by an adrenaline rush that gave them supernatural powers to lift or move objects that under normal circumstances would be impossible. In Ray’s situation, he was given that power at times, but he has also experienced miraculous healing that even the doctors cannot explain.
Here’s one of his stories. Perhaps I will share others another time.
“In 1980 I had ruptured a disc in my lower back. The disc was leaking fluid, but after nearly six months of living with the pain, unable to sit or lie down, the sciatic nerve was nearly cut in two.
“I was told by my doctor that chances are the nerve would break in two before he could get the disc removed and a notch cut in the vertebra to give it any relief. I again asked the Lord for His help.
“When I awoke on the operating table I was told I wasn’t even supposed to be awake and that I had to stay in recovery for at least 45 minutes. After that I was returned to my room. I was up immediately, walking up and down the halls. The Lord said to me, ‘You will never be troubled with this again.’
“The doctor came in to check on me and started apologizing, and told me to not feel too bad about my leg. He thought I would eventually get the use of it. I told the doctor I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I said, with the Lord’s help, I have been up walking since the 45-minute wait in the recovery room.
“I went home that afternoon – fastest recovery ever at that hospital, according to the lady in the insurance office.”
If you think this is good, wait until you hear the 2011 story. It’s even better.