Caitlin settled back on the park bench and pulled her sweater tighter around her shoulders. The air was definitely getting cooler these past few days.
She watched as her three small children played on the jungle gym, their giggles and shrieks of laughter floating to her on the gentle autumn breeze.
“Kevin!” she called out to her oldest son. “Zip your jacket up, sweetheart!”
She watched as he sent her a grin and pulled the zipper up to his chin. Satisfied, Caitlin smiled back and gave him a small wave.
As they played she couldn’t help but think back to the year before. One morning, last fall, Kevin had woken up with a high fever, crying non-stop. They had taken him to the emergency room and life had spun out of control from there.
“Spinal Meningitis.” the doctors had said.
“He’ll never walk again.”
“He probably won’t make it.”
“I’m so sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Kerner.”
She shifted on the bench as the memories filled her mind. Those had been terrifying days. They had been warned their son was not going to survive this battle.
So they had done the only thing they knew how to do. They prayed.
And Kevin had lived.
“An absolute miracle.” The doctors had been baffled. “But, he’ll never walk again,” the entire medical staff warned them, “It’s physically impossible.”
But Caitlin and her husband had just smiled at each other. These were the same doctors that had told them their son would not live.
Six months later proved the doctors wrong once more when Kevin took his first step since his illness.
“Mama!” Kevin‘s voice brought her back to the present. “Watch me!”
Caitlin wiped a tear from her cheek as she watched Kevin scramble up the steps of the slide.
“I’m watching, baby!”
And as Kevin sped down the slide, his face filled with joy, she knew their Heavenly Father was watching too.
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