Founder of the retail company, Patagonia, made waves when he released a letter stating that he, his spouse, and two grown children will be giving up their ownership of the company to fight climate change. Yvon Chouinard started Patagonia, which specializes in outdoor clothing and gear, in the 70s. The letter detailing Chouinard’s decision […]
God is indeed a healer and a miracle worker. When you think everything is going wrong, God has a way of stepping in and making everything right. If you seek God’s presence and ask Him to intervene in your situation, He will make everything okay. God has power over all creation and can work miracles. Jeremiah 32:27 reminds us that the Lord is God of all humanity, is anything too hard for him? When a Cincinnati family endured a horrible tragedy, they put their faith in God, knowing that He would make a way out of no way and heal their child.
8-year-old MJ Whitehead and his brother were walking home from a convenience store in June. Tragically, MJ was shot in the head and the leg by a stray bullet. MJ was one of four other victims. Doctors told his family that they didn’t expect him to live. MJ’s father described the day his son got shot as horrific. He says his heart stopped when it happened, and it was unbelievable.
However, his mother, Marcella Thompson, maintained her faith that her son would live. Five months after being shot, MJ returned home, and his mother gave all the glory to God. She went on to say that she was glad to have all of her children back under the same roof again. MJ experienced a traumatic brain injury, five surgeries, months in the hospital, and some time in rehab, but he defied all expectations.
He still has an uphill battle to endure, as he’s in a wheelchair and isn’t speaking. Still, Marcella continues to pray for her son’s total healing and recovery and is happy to have him home. According to police, 19-year-old Darius Harris Jr. is responsible for the shooting that left MJ with serious injuries. Despite everything, Thompson says that she forgives the alleged culprit.
Thompson says that she’s not angry at Darius, but instead, she’s mad at society and his parents. She added that she’s probably more upset with Darius’ mother than she is at Darius. MJ’s mother says that her church and MJ’s little league football team have been incredibly supportive during these challenging times.
The family set up a GoFundMe page for medical expenses for anyone interested and able to help. So far, the family has raised $13,335 of the $15,000 goal. MJ’s mother holds on to her faith and hopes that MJ will walk and talk again someday. Tragically, MJ’s story isn’t uncommon. There are hundreds of children killed each year by gun violence.
MJ’s story is an example of how God has the final say in tragic situations. Doctors didn’t believe that MJ would survive the night after his shooting. However, God has other plans for MJ’s life. God is a healer and a way maker. When things look bleak in the midnight hour, God has a way of stepping in and turning everything around. This Cincinnati family suffered an unthinkable tragedy; However, instead of being mad with God, they turned to Him and prayed for MJ’s recovery. In times of misfortune, it can be easy to get upset with God. However, we must lean into our faith and trust that God will get us through.