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HOPE UNSEEN

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

On June 21st 2013, my handsome husband, who was 48 years old went out the door like any other day for his morning run. We had just moved into our new neighborhood three weeks earlier so we were not familiar yet with our neighbors, but on this morning we would be eternally thankful for them.

As my husband came up our street, just four driveways from ours, he laid down in the street and experienced sudden cardiac death. Our neighbor and his sons were backing out of their driveway, saw my husband lying in the street and immediately started CPR and called 911 - all the while I was in the house getting ready for work and unaware of what was happening.

As I backed out of my driveway, I noticed Rob had been gone over an hour. I started calling his cell and he did not answer. On my third attempt to reach him a woman on the other end answered his phone and said, “Is this Lou?” I answered her and she said, “We have your husband here in the emergency room can you please come?”

At that moment everything stood still for me and my entire being was filled with fear. Once at the hospital, I learned they had restarted Rob’s heart, but went on to explain to me that less than one half of one percent of people survive what happened to him. They had put Rob into a medically induced coma and cooled his body in an effort to keep the brain from swelling. Over the next three days we would have to wait to see the outcome and to see if he had brain activity.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen - regardless of the statistics and regardless of what I saw, I was going to stay the course. I was armed with my faith and hope alone, with no ability to physically change the outcome. I believe there is super natural power in faith and you have to put hope into action in order to experience it. So, on the third day as they brought Rob out of his coma he opened those beautiful blue eyes and celebrated a full recovery against every statistic – faith is the substance of things hoped for but, yet unseen.

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