Dear Jim and Carol,
I hope you know how blessed so many of us feel to have had the absolute honor of getting to know both of you as well as your family. God does work miracles, and Jim, I know you are one of them. The Trauma Team at Swedish and all of your ICU nurses were able to be used by our Lord who is our ultimate healer. I personally will never forget our first prayers together for Jim. I remember a feeling of honest hope and encouragement that came over me afterwards. I KNEW God had Jim, and you too Carol, in His arms and He was in charge. I didn't have to worry about this man who lay there in such a broken and critical state.
You two are an amazing testament for the power of prayer and faith tied together with so very much love for each other and for our Heavenly Father. Jim, you've been called a true hero by many. You are a humble man and you have a hard time with this, but our country needs so many more men like you. And Carol...wow! I watched you go through all those peaks and valleys at Jim's side every day for so long. You are a hero also. You know the true meaning of your vows "in sickness and in health." Believe it or not, you were the "dream" ICU family member. You wrote down everything everyone said, all Jim's test results, questioned things you didn't understand, and supported the staff as they tried so hard to keep Jim alive. Your prayers and faith that spread to many all over the world, were the real glue that made him whole again.
God now uses you both to share your story, which is His story. Thank you for your eloquent words on CaringBridge. God's love and your faith are a powerful message.
Have the merriest of Christmases ever! May God continue to bless you both with good health for yourselves and your family in 2010. Greg and I send our love.