Here’s the latest update on CMadison and his journey of miraculous healing.  And like everything else with us, it’s been a family journey. October 10, 2004 was his last dialysis treatment-and no, he did not receive a kidney transplant. What he did receive was a miraculous healing brought about by prayers-many of them yours, and we thank each and every one of you!-and a consistent, long-term, nutritious diet.

This ends an almost two-year struggle that was illuminating in its intensity.  CMadison entered the hospital in late November 2003 after he stepped on a nail during our book tour for Morning by Morning.  Within a week he had suffered acute renal failure and congestive heart failure as a result of an undetected allergic reaction to the antibiotic.  He was unconscious, in ICU, on a respirator and ventilator for two weeks while we were told we needed to amputate his leg and prepare for the worse.  But there was a light at the darkest hour.  CMadison crashed around 11:00pm on a Saturday.  Sunday afternoon, Damon and Charles walked up to me in ICU with clenched fists and instructions, “Mom, we’ve brought oil from church.  You sit here.  We’re going to anoint Dad and pray for him-he’ll be fine.”  They emerged 10 minutes later and announced they were going to Wendy’s.  Their absolute confidence in the power of prayer was just the balm I needed, and from that moment forward all my energies were focused on his healing, not his condition.

After 40 days and 40 nights CMadison was discharged in January 2004 with 24 prescriptions and a requirement for dialysis 3 times a week.  But his leg was still attached and only the large toe was amputated-claims of gaseous gangrene notwithstanding!  He had 5 subsequent hospitalizations during 2004, mostly from infections from the dialysis port.  But through it all we kept praying as we slowly weaned him off all but four prescriptions.  We continued to feed him whole, live food-for the first 8 months I didn’t even buy bread! -Everything was made from scratch.  And now, 20 months later, CMadison is up, walking around on his own two legs, relying upon his own kidneys and his own heart.  It truly is miraculous, and we are truly thankful that we had the opportunity to witness God’s validation of His promise that the “fervent, effectual prayers of the righteous availeth much.”  Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your prayers and good wishes as we walked this path.

But it wasn’t all suffering.  During the quiet time of CMadison’s hospitalization I was able to write proposals for two new books, one on marriage, Beloved Friend, and one on parenting, Conscious Parenting.  (After all, what else can you do for 12 hours a day at the hospital?!)   I’m currently working on a third, God and Greens: The Power of Prayer and Proper Nutrition.  I am convinced that the miraculous healing God manifested in CMadison is much more readily available than many of us may yet realize.  In any event, thanks for your patience, I know many of your emails have gone unanswered-and I’m working to correct that, so don’t be surprised if you hear from me!

I’ll let you know when I find an agent and a publisher for these new works and in the interim, may God continue to pour blessings into all your endeavors with your families!