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Miracles Still Happen

We are not promised tomorrow. We are not even promised our next breath. These truths became clear to Pam Dumont when she discovered her husband, Jim, lying on the street without a heartbeat. In full-time ministry for more than 30 years, this couple never faced a crisis like this.

They had traveled from Pennsylvania to Maine to take their turn caring for Jim’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease. As Pam cooked over the stove, Jim asked how long it would be until dinner. “Maybe 25 minutes,” Pam responded. It was a beautiful fall day, so he said he would go for a quick walk in this lakeside community.

“Jim is athletic and goes for jogs or walks all the time. I never worry about where he is,” Pam explains. “I was cooking dinner and my mother-in-law often tried to help me, so I had to guard the pots. Once the food is on the stove you don’t let her near it.”

But suddenly, Pam knew in her heart that something was wrong. It had only been 15 minutes since Jim left, but it was as if alarm bells were ringing in her spirit.

“I looked at this lovely meal that I had prepared and thought, ‘if she ruins it, she ruins it.’” Pam covered the pots and hid anything that could possibly be dangerous. She took the knobs off the stove prayed that her mother-in-law would not touch the pots and get burned.

She knew she had to go.

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